Spellslinger #1 Spellslinger
Series: Spellslinger #1
Author: Sebastien De Castell
Published in English: 2017
Dansk titel: Spellslinger
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2017
Finished Reading: August 2019
Genre: Fantasy & YA
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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 simply to reach the age of sixteen. I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn’t be doing any of those things.
Magic is a con game.
Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope..
At the beginning of the book, you’re sprung upon many new words, describing the people and creatures in the world. It took some time for me to realize that there’s two kinds of people in Kellan’s clan, those with magical powers (Jan’Tep) and those without (Sha’Tep) then there were the names, weird names! Luckily, these complications didn’t ruin the book it just means you need to be a little more aware than usual which by the way is very cool. The world building was just amazing!
This book is the opposite of generic. Castell broke every “rule” when it comes to writing a YA novel. Our main character is weak in terms of powers, not personality. I liked him; he was an excellent character with some nice traits. Ferius seemed cool too, I didn’t really get to know her so well, but I’m sure we get to know a lot more about her in the second book. Can’t wait, there was something unique about her. As for the rest of the characters I felt they were there as a support.
The story is unique, the writing was captivating and the message, yeah the book had a message, was so very important. I’m not going to tell you the message, you’ll have to figure it out for yourself, but the book was worth every second of everyday. This is a rare jewel! One of those books that comes along every tenth year or so. Some of the things that happened was predictable; I think it’s unavoidable, unless you kill off your main character somehow. It contained a lot of action, never a dull moment, to some it might become too much, but I loved it.
I would definitely recommend this to everyone whom loves a fantastic world, interesting events and talking animals. Ha-ha! Hope you’ll have fun!
Look at that cover, isn’t that just a beauty.