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The Malevolent Seven

By Sebastien de Castell
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Publisher Description

From the bestselling author of THE GREATCOATS: seven war mages with dark pasts must come together to fight an unknown enemy - but the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine . . . and someone's setting the seven up for a fall.

Picture a wizard. Go ahead, close your eyes. There he is, see? Skinny old guy with a long straggly beard. The hat's a must, too, right? Big, floppy thing. 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).

Yep. Behold the mighty wizard.

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.

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 . . .

62 Reviews

3.5
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“Chock full of action start to finish, witty, wry and salty asf! Like riding a motorbike full-throttle on all the blind curves on a coastal highway—you don’t know what’s around the next bend, and it’s a rush!”
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersDescriptive writingFunny writingOriginal writingAddictiveFast-pacedUnpredictable
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“So much world-building, so many interesting characters for just one book? You've got to be kidding me. All of this needs at least a sequel (actually, also a prequel, let's make this book the second of a trilogy)”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersEasy to readFunny writingFast-pacedTwistyMagical settingAbuseViolence
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“This book definitely had me chuckling in several different places. The characters had a lot of depth and the banter between them was top notch. Cade Ombra as the main character was the reluctant hero nobody wanted—including himself—but who everyone looked toward. I’m definitely looking forward to what comes next.”
Multi-layered charactersEasy to readFunny writingFast-pacedMagical settingDark
Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face
Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersEasy to readFunny writingOriginal writing

About Sebastien de Castell

Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realised how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way.

Sebastien's acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series The Greatcoats was shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy. the Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut, the Prix Imaginales for Best Foreign Work and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His YA fantasy series Spellslinger was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and is published in more than a dozen languages.

Sebastien lives in Vancouver, Canada with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats.

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