Spellslinger – Sebastien de Castell

“The old spellmasters like to say that magic has a taste.”

The Jan’Tep live by fixed laws, all centred around magic and the oasis that boosts their abilities. By their 16th birthday, they must pass four trials to become a member of the clan, or else they are forced into a life of servitude. To avoid such a fate, Kellan is about to face his first mage’s duel. There’s only one small problem: he has no magic. He’s determined, however, not to let that stop him.

Throw into the mix political jostling for power, family secrets, a bunch of less than pleasant teenagers with power, and a mysterious stranger with a deck of cards…

My only complaint about this book would be that it’s possibly a little too on the YA side, but not by much. Otherwise, however, it’s an intriguing first glimpse into a fantasy world that I’m glad we’re getting to see more of. Kell is okay as a main character (I like that he has smarts rather than skills), although the whole squirrel cat thing is perhaps not quite as ‘fun’ as thinks it is, but I really want to find out more about Ferius and her cards, and the magic, and the history of the Jan’Tep. Luckily, there are five more books – all published!

A quick and fun read, hopefully the start of something great.

Kindle: 416 pages / 46 chapters
First published: 2017
Series: Spellslinger book 1 (of 6)
Read from 24th November – 5th December 2019

My rating: 8/10

One thought on “Spellslinger – Sebastien de Castell

  1. Glad you enjoyed it! Interestingly, I just finished the last book in the series and in my review I made an observation about how YA this one felt but also how the series seemed to grow with the character. By Crownbreaker, things definitely feel more mature! Hope you continue with the series because it’s great!

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