Book Review: Spellslinger -Sebastien de Castell


Release Date: 4th May 2017
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Pages: 416
Find it on: Amazon. Goodreads.
Source: A copy of this book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


“There are three things that earn you a man’s name among the Jan’Tep. The first is to demonstrate the strength to defend your family. The second is to prove you can perform the high magic that defines our people. The third is surviving your fourteenth year. I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn’t be doing any of those things.”

Kellen’s dreams of becoming a powerful mage like his father are shattered after a failed magical duel results in the complete loss of his abilities. When other young mages begin to suffer the same fate, Kellen is accused of unleashing a magical curse on his own clan and is forced to flee with the help of a mysterious foreign woman who may in fact be a spy in service to an enemy country. Unsure of who to trust, Kellen struggles to learn how to survive in a dangerous world without his magic even as he seeks out the true source of the curse. But when Kellen uncovers a conspiracy hatched by members of his own clan seeking to take power, he races back to his city in a desperate bid to outwit the mages arrayed against him before they can destroy his family.

Spellslinger is heroic fantasy with a western flavour.


So let me start by saying that me being the scatterbrained book blogger that I am, was a bit behind on my review books when I picked up Spellslinger. Seeing the rather large size – just over 400 pages – I was a bit concerned I wasn’t going to finish it in time to post a review on pub day. After just two chapters I was completely hooked and I missed meals and was almost late to work on more than one occasion last week as I was so busy reading Spellslinger. I absolutely loved this book.

This book is fantastically written, it’s clever and witty – the plot keeps you wanting more and the characters are so great. I immediately loved Kellen. He’s so well written and you immediately become attached, wanting him to succeed. Besides, who doesn’t love an underdog? Ferius Parfax by far the most mysterious and intriguing character in the book, was another one of my favourites.

This book really does have it all. Plenty of magic and mystery, as well as some evil baddies, loads of magical duels and a fair bit of humour thrown in as well. Spellslinger is a unique YA book, there’s a complex layer of magic, mystery and mythology all wrapped up in this fantastic story. I also must say how much I love that cover, it’s absolutely stunning. The world building in this book is superb, and I really felt sucked into the story. My only complaint is that now I have to wait so long to find out what happens to Kellen next. Spellslinger is one fantastic book, and is already one of the front runners for my favourite book of 2017.

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