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Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell


by Sebastien De Castell

Other authors: Sam Hadley (Illustrator), Dale Halvorsen (Cover artist)

Series: Spellslinger (1)

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Spellsinger is the first book in a series by Sebastien de Castell. It has a terrible cover but and a bit of a slow start but once you get into it it's quite good. Kellen is moments away from facing in his first mages duell and he realizes that he doesn't have any magic so he's actually tricks his opponent and beats him. This is world where magic is everything where Kellen's father is one of the highest and cleverest magicians but it's a world of trickery and lies. Where if you don't have the ability to turn the elements into magic in your tattoos or bands, then you essentially become a slave to all the people who do have magic.
Into Kellen’s world comes a card slinger called Ferius Parfax; a woman who has lots of secrets and also something called a squirrel cat that only Kellen can understand. This is a book about death, about magic, about things that are not true and family and politics. It is very reminiscent of grand magical fantasy like lord of the rings - like a very complicated Harry Potter. Lower tar rating due to its slow and complicated start. ( )
  nicsreads | Aug 5, 2017 |
What a blast! This reads like the best sort of origin story: trials and tribulations, the odd heartbeat skipped, mentors, bullies, belligerent talking animals and a whole lot of heart. I particularly like that the stakes are personal rather than world-changing. I'm very much looking forward to future adventures.

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I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  imyril | Apr 26, 2017 |
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Hadley, SamIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Halvorsen, DaleCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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For my brother Peter, who always had a soft spot for obnoxious animals.
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The old spellmasters like to say that magic has a taste.
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How do you survive a mage's duel without magic? Kellen's about to risk everything: His family, his home, even his own life....When you're a Jan'Tep initiate approaching your sixteenth birthday, you'd better be ready to prove your worth as a mage. Either that or have a miracle on the way. And Kellen isn't counting on either. He knows he'll need a few tricks up his sleeve to avoid disgracing his family and becoming a Sha'Tep servant. So when a sassy, straight-talking traveller arrives in town, Kellen is all ears. Ferius Parfax is jaded but worldly, an exile who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She can't teach him to spark his bands and access the seven magics, but with the hand that Kellen's been dealt, he knows he needs all the help he can get… (more)

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