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Sword Catcher

By: Cassandra Clare
Narrated by: Christian Coulson,Fiona Hardingham
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Publisher's Summary

DISCOVER THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES FROM THE GLOBAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE SHADOWHUNTER CHRONICLES!

Two outcasts find themselves at the centre of world-altering change in Sword Catcher, the start of a riveting epic fantasy series from the internationally bestselling author of The Shadowhunter Chronicles.

One was raised to rule. One was trained to die. Welcome to the Chronicles of Castellane.

In the vibrant city-state of Castellane, a young orphan named Kel is stolen from his old life to enter a new one of luxury and peril. He’s to become Prince Conor Aurelian’s body-double, shielding the Prince from all dangers. As his ‘Sword Catcher,’ he and Conor become close as brothers – yet Kel lives for one purpose: to die for Conor.

Lin Caster is an Ashkar physician, part of a community ostracised for its rare magical abilities. But events pull her and Kel together and into the web of the mysterious Ragpicker King who rules Castellane’s criminal underworld.

Together, they’ll discover an extraordinary conspiracy. But can forbidden love bring down a kingdom? And will their discoveries plunge their nation into war and the world into chaos?

Lose yourself in a vibrant world of power, intrigue and magic in this spellbinding epic from an internationally bestselling sensation.

©2023 Cassandra Clare (P)2023 Penguin Random House LLC

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Sword Catcher gave me everything I look for in medieval fantasy: mystery and magic (not too much, not too little), expert worldbuilding, swordplay and politics, a colorful cast of interesting characters, and a story that kept me reading from the first page to the last, with enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages. It's a big thick book, but it left me wanting more. When's the next one coming out? (No.1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin)
A gorgeously built world of decadence, betrayal, and grand adventure. From the decadent and drunken parties of the nobles, to the dens of crime lords in the Warren and Maze, to the Sault, where the devotees of a lost goddess are penned, the city of Castellane makes the perfect backdrop for a delightful cast of characters to befriend, betray, and romance one another. This is Cassandra Clare at her cleverest, twistiest and most heart-stopping—a triumph of a book (Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Night)
Clare plunges us into a thrilling world built with precision and brimming with enchantment. Her spellbinding cast of outlaws, healers, royals, and rogues will have you questioning your allegiances with every delicious turn of the plot. This is fantasy at its finest (Leigh Bardugo, No.1 New York Times bestselling author of Hell Bent)

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The political twists and turns. With great characters

The political twists and turns. With great characters and relationships built so well. Can’t wait for the next book.

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New and captivating

I appreciated the fact that this book was written in the authentic style of Cassandra Clare, while also (finally) deviating from the Shadowhunters. It is highly likely that this book will become my preferred piece of her literary repertoire. I’m invested in the characters, well done!

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another great one from Cassandra Clare

loved the story, great book and another great fantasy universe to be immersed in. looking forward to the sequel

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Best Adult fiction Novel of 2023

This is Cassandra Clares best series yet, this book is breathtaking. I think I love this universe even better than the Shadow hunters Universe. The character plots weren’t predictable, and personalities are very rich, the story is addicting. Cassandra Clare belongs in the genre of Adult Fiction and I hope she makes herself at home here. The second book cannot come out soon enough!

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Great, more enthralling as the chapters went by

Great listen, looking forward to hearing more in the next book.
Performance of narrators excellent

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Brilliant

Fantastic book, and lovely narration, although the awkward pronunciation of the Korean words was a bit hard to listen to.

Highly recommend this book in any form! It's Cassandra Clare's most ambitious endeavour and one of her all time best works.

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