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  • Opening Gambit

  • Tournament of Shadows, Book 1
  • By: Tilly Wallace
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

She's been a pawn for too long…time to take control of the game…

The first female magic user to reach adulthood in England for centuries, Seraphina Winyard is viewed as a freakish chattel by some…and by others as a danger that must be erased from history. Held captive and humiliated like a performing animal, she cannot dream of a future, and has no hope in the present. Until she escapes.

When her former guardian is murdered, suspicion falls on Seraphina. Aided by the brilliant surgeon Hugh Miles, she must discover how to wield her power to find the true murderer before her leash is replaced by a noose.

With her life at stake, Sera has to hurry. The deeper she digs, the more she discovers she is a pawn in someone else’s game. A game of magic and lies that intends to resurrect an ancient evil. A game that will shake England to its core and threaten everyone she loves….

©2022 Tilly Wallace (P)2022 Tilly Wallace

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  • Kana LiVolsi
  • 11-06-22

I’ve listened to the full Monsters & Manners Series 2x … expect to do the same with this spinoff

I love spending time with Tilly Wallace’s 3 dimensional, feminist characters — it’s not just the mages that possess magic in this series.

It’s so hard to find a paranormal mystery that keeps a sense of humor, while still having an interesting story, colorful characters and surprising but satisfying reveals at the end. Tilly Wallace accomplishes all with ease in her Manners & Monsters series — and breathes new life into my favorite characters in this new spin off.

Paranormal fiction has gotten over saturated over the last 15 years, but Ms Wallace’s world building has reinvigorated tired tropes with interesting, but logical twists that really make this series fun.

I look forward to reading the next one when it releases in July and hope for many more to come!

I also love Maryam Hussey’s narration, the 2 compliment each other perfectly and make me look forward to each book

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  • Meg
  • 11-07-22

really enjoyed

the characters and the story were amazing. I definitely got lost in the narration

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  • sonia
  • 29-05-22

Absolutely loved it!

Looking forward to next book in this series, at least I hope it’s a series. Tilly Wallace knows how to tell a great story, all of her stories are simple but detailed. Easy to follow, yet involved. Marian Hussey is superb as usual.

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  • Pandora
  • 16-05-22

Amazing new series from Tilly Wallace!

I am so excited for this new series that takes place before the Manners & Monsters series. This first book in the series was even more wonderful than I expected.

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  • Megan Ogilvie
  • 15-05-22

A great fan of Manners and Monsters

I am a great fan of the series with Hannah, and this story about her mother does not disappoint. I am thoroughly enjoying it and I can’t wait for more!!

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  • Anthony
  • 01-05-22

Good start

I enjoyed the book, and look forward to more searching for the truth. Narration was as usual good.