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The Malevolent Seven

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529422801

Price: £20

ON SALE: 11th May 2023

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Fantasy

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‘Seven powerful mages want to make the world a better place. We’re going to kill them first.’

Picture a wizard. Go ahead, close your eyes. There he is, see? Skinny old guy with a long straggly beard. No doubt he’s wearing iridescent silk robes that couldn’t protect his frail body from a light breeze. The hat’s a must, too, right? Big, floppy thing, covered in esoteric symbols that would instantly show every other mage where this one gets his magic? Wouldn’t want a simple steel helmet or something that might, you know, protect the part of him most needed for conjuring magical forces from being bashed in with a mace (or pretty much any household object).

Now open your eyes and let me show you what a real war mage looks like . . . but be warned: you’re probably not going to like it, because we’re violent, angry, dangerously broken people who sell our skills to the highest bidder and be damned to any moral or ethical considerations.

At least, until such irritating concepts as friendship and the end of the world get in the way.

My name is Cade Ombra, and though I currently make my living as a mercenary wonderist, I used to have a far more noble-sounding job title – until I discovered the people I worked for weren’t quite as noble as I’d believed. Now I’m on the run and my only friend, a homicidal thunder mage, has invited me to join him on a suicide mission against the seven deadliest mages on the continent.

Time to recruit some very bad people to help us on this job . . .

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I love the Greatcoats novels . . . rare examples of books that are fantastic from the first sentence to the last. Combining old-school swashbuckling action with contemporary character and a good dose of grit, these books are the rarest of things, great rollicking fun combined with an emotional punch. I cared about the characters, I laughed out loud at the banter and camaraderie, I HATED the bad guys and girls! Sebastien, write faster!
JOHN GWYNNE, award-winning author of THE FAITHFUL AND THE FALLEN series
These books are just joyous. This is first-rate fiction, first rate adventure, first rate full stop
CONN IGGULDEN, bestselling author of THE GOLDEN AGE series
Guaranteed to increase household swashbuckling by 100%
LIBRARY JOURNAL on TRAITOR’S BLADE
Sebastien de Castell is a rare talent, one of the most gifted storytellers to emerge in recent years . . . The Greatcoats now sits in a place of honour on my bookshelf as one of my favourite fantasy series of all time
BIBLIOSANCTUM on THE GREATCOATS
If I could recommend one series from the last five years that I hold up as the most action-packed and emotionally riveting, I would be hard-pressed to look past Sebastien de Castell's The Greatcoats
FANTASY BOOK REVIEW on on THE GREATCOATS
I've rarely enjoyed swordplay and fight scenes in a book as much as I enjoyed these. I got the action, I got the intrigue, I even got a pretty impressive monster out of the deal (sort of). Join the Greatcoats? Hell yes
OVER THE EFFING RAINBOW
The Greatcoats is now up there on my list of favourite fantasy series
BIBLIOSANCTUM on THE GREATCOATS
Ambitious, twisty fantasy series
CIVILIAN READER
Excellent, page-turnery reading
BLUE BOOK BALLOON on SPELLSLINGER
The Malevolent Seven is a masterful blend of Sebastien de Castell's unique brand of wry humour, elegant prose, and wonderfully imaginative worldbuilding. I devoured this book and loved every page
NICK EAMES, bestselling author of KINGS OF THE WYLDE