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Sebastien de Castell

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Hi Folks!

My tenth novel, CROWNBREAKER is in stores in around the world.

You can get a pair of free stories here.

The best way to stay up to date is at www.decastell.com, but I'm also on that Facebook thing. Also that Twitter thing. One day I'll even remember to get on that Instagram thing.

As to who I am? Well . . .

Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized 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 th
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Sebastien de Castell Hi Dann,

There are four books planned in the initial series. Book 2 is already written and with the publisher for copyediting. I'm writing book 3 right…more
Hi Dann,

There are four books planned in the initial series. Book 2 is already written and with the publisher for copyediting. I'm writing book 3 right now. Book 4 is plotted and brings the initial quartet to a conclusion.

There's talk of a second series that takes place some time after book 4 but I'm still considering whether it's the right decision to make in terms of the characters involved.

Between books 2 and 3 I'll likely be releasing a set of short stories ("Tales of the Greatcoats") that connects the two books. There's also been some talk of prequel novellas of Falcio's early days in the newly formed Greatcoats.

One thing I always say when people ask about the length of the series, though, is that I'm committed to making each book stand alone as a complete story. So while the books connect and form the full arc, I've written book 2 so that it has a proper ending just as I did with book 1. I'm one of those readers who hates when a book ends and it feels as if the story was left hanging in favour of a cliffhanger.

Hope this helps - feel free to follow up if I haven't fully answered your question.(less)
Sebastien de Castell It actually changes with each book. In Traitor's Blade I found I most enjoyed writing Falcio's dialogue, whereas in Knight's Shadow it's often Brasti …moreIt actually changes with each book. In Traitor's Blade I found I most enjoyed writing Falcio's dialogue, whereas in Knight's Shadow it's often Brasti whose words I found most compelling. So far in book 3 Kest has some of the best lines. All that said, I actually think I take the most satisfaction from writing the dialogue of other characters who are challenging Falcio. It's nice to see him lost for words once in a while!

Delighted to hear you're enjoying the series and thanks for getting in touch!(less)
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I’ve noticed that any time I so much as post a deleted scene on my website, it ends up on bloody Goodreads and people start asking me where they can buy it. I start seeing reviews and star ratings and shout at my computer screen, “But that’s not a book! You can’t rate and review my deleted scenes!”


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I wonder if everyone has their favourite era of fantasy, and whether that era corresponds to when they first truly became enthralled with the genre. For me, it was mid-1980's. It's not that fantasy was better in those days; in fact, I'll bet any numb ...more
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I listened to this audio drama in ninety minute chunks once a week when cleaning the house. If that's not a detailed enough depiction of the context of my experience of the Dirk Maggs audio production of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, then I'll be more s ...more
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The last time I read a big fantasy book – and by big, I'm talking a thousand-pager – was George R.R. Martin's A Feast For Crows, the fourth instalment of A Song of Ice and Fire. That's quite a while ago and should be a pretty good indicator that I'd ...more
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“I must have encountered the Duke somewhere on the road because I was carrying a sack with me and his head was in it.”
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“Gods, man, don't you start now,' I said softly. 'We're going to get a terrible reputation if we just keep travelling across the countryside crying all the time.”
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“When you're fighting a crowd, it's good to shout potentially threatening things like "Crossbows!" or "Fire!" or "Giant Flying Cat!" every once in a while.”
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“Gods, man, don't you start now,' I said softly. 'We're going to get a terrible reputation if we just keep travelling across the countryside crying all the time.”
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“It's called the Way of Water, Dexan. You tried to kill me, so now I get to keep your hat. - Kellen”
Sebastien de Castell, Shadowblack

“Eventually Reichis asked, 'You know why this is such a stupid idea?'
'You said that already. Like, twelve times.'
'Yeah, but do you know WHY it's a stupid idea?'
I stopped. 'Why?'
Reichis shivered on my shoulder. 'Because this place is giving me the creeps, and I'm a squirrel cat - normally we're the ones giving other people the creeps.”
Sebastien de Castell, Shadowblack

“Thank you... Kellen... Will you wait with me? Just a little longer?' - Seneira
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'I'll wait with you,' I said. 'As long as it takes.”
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“Perfect,' she said, then promptly sat down in the dirt. 'I'm just going to sit here until the world starts making sense, if that's all right.'
'You might be waiting a long time,' I said.”
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