Review: Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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…

This series has been hovering around in a ‘I’ll get to it one day’ way for a while. Whenever I stumbled over a book in the series in the library or a bookshop I’d be drawn to it – but until recently I never seemed to find the first book – Spellslinger.

I adored this book, it had everything I want from a Fantasy series. Coming of age, rogue magicians, a quest, and one of my favourite fantasy elements – a talking animal.

Kellen was instantly likeable and I found myself willing him to find out who he really wanted to be.

Ferias was just what you want from a mysterious out-of-town stranger. I loved how confident she was and how she took no rubbish from those who wanted to look down on her.

Talking animals are one of my ‘soft spot’ fantasy tropes and Reichis delivered in spades. He was cranky, rude and yet still loveable.

As soon as I’d finished reading this I immediately ordered the next online for delivery. Looking forward to it dropping through my door.

Finding a new series to read is always brilliant and this light, clever fantasy is just the right escape for these strange times we find ourselves in.

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