Everyone has heard of the Gameshouse. But few know all its secrets . . .
It is the place where fortunes can be made and lost though chess, backgammon – every game under the sun.
But those whom fortune favours may be invited to compete in the higher league . . . where the games played are of politics and nations, of economics and kings. It is a contest where Capture the Castle involves real castles and where hide and seek takes place on the scale of a continent.
Among those worthy of competing in the higher league, three unusually talented contestants play for the highest stakes of all . . .
*Originally published as three digital-only instalments: The Serpent, The Thief and The Master.*
Praise for Claire North:
'One of the fiction highlights of the decade' Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club
'North's talent shines out' Sunday Times
'Little short of a masterpiece' Independent
'Poignant and intensely gripping' Guardian
'Terrific, smart and entertaining' Patrick Ness