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Shadowplay by Laura Lam

The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes.

He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. When Maske agrees to teach them his trade, his embittered rival challenges them to a duel which could decide all of their fates. People also hunt both Micah and the person he was before the circus–the runaway daughter of a noble family. And Micah discovers there is magic and power in the world, far beyond the card tricks and illusions he’s perfecting…

A tale of phantom wings, a clockwork hand, and the delicate unfurling of new love, Shadowplay continues Micah Grey’s extraordinary journey.

Book Info:

The sequel to Pantomime

UK Print
Date: 4th January 2014
ISBN: 9781908844392
Format: Medium Paperback
R.R.P.: £7.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 2nd January 2014
ISBN: 9781908844408
Format: Large Paperback
R.R.P.: $9.99

Date: 2nd January 2014
ISBN: 9781908844415
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / $6.99

Buying Info:

UK Print & Ebook | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook | | |

Global DRM-Free Epub Ebook
Robot Trading Company

Other Books in This Series:

1. Pantomime (February 2013)

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Author Info:

Laura Lam: Blog | Twitter

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Praise and Reviews for Shadowplay:

“An excellent read that continues the fine form set by Pantomime, Shadowplay gets 2014 off to a great start and makes Laura Lam an unmissable author with two excellent hits. I could not put this book down, and you won’t be able to as well.”
- Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

“We freakin’ LOVE THIS BOOK! Shadowplay is a fantastic novel because it is gripping and bold, with characters that are inclusive and stories that are non-judgemental. As it closes, you can really feel the fantasy elements drawing in, and so the third book in her trilogy, unnamed as of yet, is going to be spectacular – we can feel it.”
- So So Gay

“Pantomime will always have a special place in my heart, but Shadowplay has outdone even that and presented a deliciously exciting story with so much meaning and mystery … Shadowplay is a gorgeously written novel with so big a heart the pages can barely contain it. There is scope and ambition and a very clear sense that Lam knows precisely what she’s doing; the perfect author-puppeteer behind Micah’s stage.”
– Jet Black Ink

“I adored this book. Shadowplay is thrilling, page-turning, captivating and so emotional. I couldn’t put it down.”
Uncorked Thoughts

“Lam once again gives readers a wonderfully woven, extensively smart novel that handles topics of sexuality, discrimination and transition with such ease … I loved Shadowplay as much as I loved Pantomime, if not more, and I look forward to seeing where Micah’s adventure lead him.”
– River and Sam

Praise and Reviews for Pantomime:

“Who hasn’t dreamed off running off and joining the circus? Laura Lam’s Micah does just that, discovering a world of clowns and acrobats, con men and tricksters, corruption and incompetent doctors, and maybe more about himself. I look forward to more from this author.”
- Brian Katcher, author of Almost Perfect and winner of the 2011 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

“Micah is the most wonderful, complex, brave and contemporary teenage hero I’ve read, facing issues of identity and responsibility that will resound with any reader who has felt like an outsider. Pantomime is loving in it’s detail but hints at so much scope to come, it feels like the set up for an epic sequel. I raced through this book, desperate to know what happens next. ‘Look out behind you’ Robin Hobb…”
- Bryony Pearce, author of Angel’s Fury.

“Welcome to a world of shills and showmen, fading tech and circus freaks, where nothing and no-one is what it appears. An absorbing, accomplished debut.”
- Elspeth Cooper, author of the Wild Hunt series

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