Sorcery is a scam. Four months after fleeing his own people, Kellen has discovered he's an even worse outlaw than he was a mage. It doesn't help that his only allies are a swaggering card player and a thieving squirrel cat.
Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn't blind, and whose secrets pull them into a conspiracy of magic, blackmail and murder.
"Exotic, original and gripping."
"Gloriouly escapist fantasy."
Magic is a con game. Kellen is moments away from facing his first game's duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There's just one problem: his magic is gone.As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi - a traveler who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She's difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen's only hope...The first in a rich and compelling ...|