For anyone who is discovering them for the first time, I think I’d sum them up as ‘when sorcerers go bad’.
Each story is centred around a mystery – a terrible deed (a murder usually as I like murder mysteries!) – and the possibilities of magic being at the foot of it all. Which makes it doubly difficult to investigate.
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Seth Seppi is excited to arrive in Gramichee, one of the few towns were a cluster of magical folk lie. But he’s worried that Angelique has only brought him here because she’s desperate to find someone to help him with his magic, which has been nothing but a disaster so far.
When the promise of an apprenticeship is offered, Seth is keen for the chance to study properly to become a sorcerer. But he is also worried that if someone discovers that his magic is dangerous, he’ll be banned from ever joining the world of the sorcerers.
The offer of an apprenticeship means he has a chance to find someone might help him with his magic. Then he learns he has arrived in Gramichee at the worst possible time - an apprentice has been attacked and it's not the first incident.
This is the start of his most worrying case so far. Why are apprentices being targeted? Is it an accident? A prank gone wrong? Is one of the apprentices responsible, or is something much darker at the bottom of it all?
Once again, Seth will need all his wits about him and dig deep into the magical world and his own magic to find answers.
Can Seth discover who is the mysterious Apprentice Assassin before the whole apprentice scheme is scrapped and Seth’s dreams of ever becoming a sorcerer fail along with it.
So here's where you can order your copy:
- Your local independent bookshop (don't know where your nearest indie is? Check here) - including my nearest indie (who may have one or two signed copies, ahem) Mostly Books
- Bookshop.org is a brilliant new website which raises money for independent bookshops.
- Waterstones, Blackwells, Foyles or WHSmith
- Amazon UK, Amazon.com or Wordery