I Can't Wait for... Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about and have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released, but not necessarily. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was originally hosted at Breaking the Spine.

My pick for this week is the first volume in a new swashbuckling Greatcoats fantasy series, once again featuring swordplay, magic, intrigue, and friendships stronger than iron.

Title: Play of Shadows

Author: Sebastien de Castell

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books

Publication Date: February 18, 2021

Genres: Historical Fantasy


Swordplay, magic, intrigue and friendships stronger than iron: the first volume in the new swashbuckling fantasy series by the bestselling author of The Greatcoats.

Damelas Shademantaigne picked a poor night to flee a judicial duel.

He has precious little hope of escaping the wrath of the Vixen, the most feared duellist in the entire city, until he stumbles through the stage doors of the magnificent Operato Belleza and tricks his way into the company of actors. An archaic law provides a temporary respite from his troubles - until one night a ghostly voice in his head causes Damelas to fumble his lines, inadvertently blurting out a dreadful truth: the city's most legendary hero may actually be a traitor and a brutal murderer.

With only the help of his boisterous and lusty friend Bereto, a beautiful assassin whose target may well be Damelas himself, and a company of misfit actors who'd just as soon see him dead, this failed son of two Greatcoats must somehow find within himself the courage to dig up long-buried truths before a ruthless band of bravos known as the Iron Orchids come for his head.


  1. This seems just so good! And the cover is amazing!

  2. This sounds really good and love the cover too!

    My CWW

  3. I just saw this cover and wow, it just came out of nowhere! It's not on Goodreads yet so someone must have done a cover reveal. What a cool cover, I'll definitely be reading it๐Ÿ˜

  4. I love this cover! The book sounds quite intriguing as well. I think I'll add it to my list. :)

  5. I am so excited for this and the cover is stunning.

  6. A new series?! I still need to finish his two other series, I better get on that haha. Love the cover for this one.


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