I’m back with more reviews and here is another one that I really enjoyed. Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell is the first book of the Spellslinger series, a YA series set in a fantasy world full of wonderfulness and magic.
Magic is a con game
Spellslinger follows Kellen, a young member of a society that puts complete value in magic. He’s panicking about his upcoming trials about demonstrating his magic because Kellen hasn’t been able to do any magic. But Kellen is not prepared to step out and live life without any magic, because Kellen is clever and decides to use his wit to get him through. But surviving these trials isn’t Kellen’s only problem, when a strange woman approaches Kellen and gives him an alternative to everything; but he’s got get through so much first.
Now this is the first book in what I believe will be a six book series, so you can imagine that there is quite a bit of foundation laying. But you would be mistaken if you thought there would be an ounce of info-dumping. You are introduced to so much of this world in this short start to the series, but every introduction has a purpose and this is how you start a series.
There are three main groups of characters within Spellslinger; you have Kellen and his friends, Kellen’s family, and a rival house. With a cast of characters like this, you expect a blurring of characters; however I was pleasantly surprised to find each character unique and distinct. Everyone brings something to the table and there are no added characters to ‘make the class seem fuller’.
Okay, so this is the start of a series, it opens up quite a few over-arching storylines however as a book on it’s own it has a nice beginning, middle, and end. So whether you don’t want to get in to another long YA series, you could read this instalment and still be satisfied. However, I highly recommend going in to this wanting to read the whole series because although the end is not a cliff-hanger, there are enough questions to make you want to continue.
I highly recommend that you pick this up! And then maybe pick up a pack of playing cards!