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Publisher Description

For fans of Brandon Sanderson and Scott Lynch, a fantasy about a clever young beggar who bargains his way into an apprenticeship with a company of thieving magicians and uses his newfound skills in a vendetta against a ruthless crime lord.

Ashes lives in Burroughside—the dirtiest, most crime-ridden district in the huge city of Teranis. His neighbors are gangs of fellow orphans, homeless madmen, and monsters that swarm the streets at nightfall. Determined to escape Burroughside, Ashes spends his days begging, picking pockets, and cheating at cards. When he draws the wrath of Mr. Ragged, Burroughside’s brutal governor, he is forced to flee for his life, only to be rescued by an enigmatic man named Candlestick Jack.

Jack leads a group of Artificers, professional magicians who can manipulate light with their bare hands to create stunningly convincing illusions. Changing a face is as simple as changing a hat. Ashes seizes an opportunity to study magic under Jack and quickly befriends the rest of the company: Juliana, Jack’s aristocratic wife; William, his exacting business partner; and Synder, his genius apprentice. But all is not as it seems: Jack and his company lead a double life as thieves, and they want Ashes to join their next heist. Between lessons on light and illusion, Ashes begins preparing to help with Jack’s most audacious caper yet: robbing the richest and most ruthless nobleman in the city.

A dramatic adventure story full of wit, charm, and scheming rogues, The Facefaker’s Game introduces an unforgettable world you won’t soon want to leave.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
November 1
Simon & Schuster/ Simon451

Customer Reviews

Robotic Cat ,

A deep new world to explore and a fun book in a new series

Ashes is 13, a rasa and a grifter on the streets of Burroughside in the city of Yson where Ravagers stalk the streets at night. He has many enemies including Saintly Francis and the Lord of Burroughside; Mr Ragged. Magic is real and Ashes has some talent that has caught the attention of an Artificer (who is also a grifter but on a much larger scale) who has offered to train him. However, secrets and agendas wil clash and there will be trouble…How will Ashes save himself and his friends?

The book is set in a Victorian-style London where there are gas lamps and fog & mist but no technology above coaches. Magic (Artifice) is real and can be used to create illusions. The characters feel real with agendas and personalities their own which coupled with the superb worldbuilding means this book is a treat. Much is not explained and there are many mysteries that future books can reveal. The main flaw is that a good portion of the conflict and misunderstanding that occurs throughout could be solved with an honest 5 minute conversation - but this flaw is common to many fantasy books.

Buy this book and be introduced to a new world where Glamours conceal a multitude of secrets.