Spellslinger #2 Sorteskyggen
Series: Spellslinger #2
Author: Sebastien De Castell
Published in English: 2017
Dansk titel: Sorteskyggen
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2018
Finished Reading: August 2019
Genre: Fantasy & YA
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
The second book in the page-turning Spellslinger series for all teen, YA, adult and fantasy readers.
It’s a few months since Kellen left his people behind. Now aged sixteen, Kellen is an outlaw, relying on his wits to keep him alive in the land of the Seven Sands. He misses home, he misses family and more than anything, he misses Nephenia, the girl he left behind.
Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn’t blind, and who carries a secret that’s all too familiar to Kellen. Kellen and Ferius resolve to help – but the stakes are far higher than they realise. A Shadowblack plague is taking hold – and Kellen can’t help but suspect his own people may even be behind it.
This book was different from the first. The world building is the same although it’s inconsistent, but the author introduced some bad romance, ruined most of the read for me. I had hoped to get some in-depth description of the magic system, but it’s still very unclear to me.
This book didn’t feel like this was continuation of the first book! This feels more like a side story that prolonged the story. I didn’t sense much progression in terms of character nor plot development. I didn’t like Kellan in this book. I though he was funny in the first and I rather felt great sympathy toward him, but he is all over the place and the author didn’t do him justice.
The reason for me being disappointed may be that I had high expectations, as the first one was unique and exciting. To be honest this traveling around feels like a waste of time, like Castell is trying excessively hard to incorporate themes from other popular fantasy novels instead of continuing his awesome flow with something new and fresh.
The only type of development there is in the story is to progress the plot not the actual characters. I might just take up the third book and try to tell myself this was one big filler. The biggest disappointment in this book was the character Dexan, he was so predictable, and I actually felt like Kellan was becoming rather stupid for not seeing what was right in front of him.
There was so much boring dialogue. Everything was just so freaking boring.