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2: The Merchant of Dreams

Exiled from the court of Queen Elizabeth for accusing a powerful nobleman of treason, swordsman-turned-spy Mal Catlyn has been living in France with his young valet Coby Hendricks for the past year. But Mal harbours a darker secret: he and his twin brother share a soul that once belonged to a skrayling, one of the mystical creatures from the New World.

When Mal’s dream about a skrayling shipwreck in the Mediterranean proves reality, it sets him on a path to the beautiful, treacherous city of Venice—and a conflict of loyalties that will place Mal and his friends in greater danger than ever.

“With appearances by pirates and Sir Walter Raleigh, and a Venice so real you can almost feel its stones beneath your fingers, it never fails to entertain. Whether you like action, magic, romance or mystery, there is something for you here.”

Mazarkis Williams, author of The Emperor’s Knife and Knife Sworn

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Read by Michael Page, award-winning narrator of The Lies of Locke Lamora.

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The story concludes in The Prince of Lies