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Charmcaster

Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A failed mage learns that just because he's not the chosen one it doesn't mean he can't be a hero in the third book of an exciting adventure fantasy series from Sebastien de Castell.

Kellen's life as an outlaw spellslinger is about to get a lot worse. 

In Gitabria, a miraculous discovery draws spies from all over the continent willing to kill to get their hands on it. Swept up in the race for power, Kellen is forced to join the pursuit. But the invention holds a dark secret-one that could spark a war.

Spellslinger Series:

  • Spellslinger
  • Shadowblack
  • Charmcaster
  • Soulbinder

For more from Sebastien de Castell, check out: 

The Greatcoats Quartet

  • Traitor's Blade
  • Saint's Blood
  • Knight's Shadow
  • Tyrant's Throne
©2018 Sebastien de Castell (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Hugely enjoyable - fast-paced, compassionate, wise and with terrific characters."—Amanda Craig, author of Hearts and Minds on Spellslinger
"Told with the conviction of Ursula Le Guin and the dash of Alexandre Dumas"—New Statesman (UK) on Spellslinger
"We can confidently say that de Castell's new series has hit the ground running."—Starburst on Spellslinger
"Exotic, original and gripping from the get-go, Spellslinger is a must-read"—Jonathan Stroud, author of the Lockwood and Co series on Spellslinger
"Spellslinger is the start of something truly special. Sebastien de Castell is a master of breakneck pacing, dagger-sharp dialogue, and twists you didn't see coming--and this series has it all."—Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld on Spellslinger
"A fun, fast-moving adventure, with surprising depth and insight."—Hugo Award winning author Jim C. Hines on Spellslinger
"A bucket-load of tension is offset with humour, power struggles, lots of magic and some great characters. Fantasy junkies will devour with relish."—Guardian (UK) on Spellslinger
"This book is dangerously addictive. It has it all: compelling world-building, breathtaking plot-twists, a page-turning pace, and characters who soon feel like old friends. I can't wait for the next one!"—Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage on Spellslinger
"There's room for wit and playfulness amid the high-stakes duels and death matches, and Kellen's career is likely to run and run."—The Observer (UK) on Spellslinger
"A tremendously fun read full of wit and action."—James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost on Spellslinger
"An intriguing system of magic, wry humor, and a twisting plot make for an entertaining series debut."—Kirkus on Spellslinger
"Written with such obvious joy and brio that it demands to be read."—RJ Barker, author of Age of Assassins on Spellslinger

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Young Man forced to grow up.

The heart of these books is a young man who is forced to grow up in a hostile world different from the one he was expecting. This book even highlights this point quite well, "Sometimes I think I'm two very different people..."


The interactions between all the characters is once again sharp and witty.

Joe Jameson's performance is as always superb!

I highly recommend this book and the series as a whole.

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Excellent story combined with excellent narration

Charmcaster is the third book in the Spellslinger series.The interplay between characters and de Castell's world building make this series well worth the time and the credit! Friends become enemies and enemies turn into outright villains. If you enjoy magic, deception, quick thinking in perilous situations and some snark, this series is for you.

I became a de Castell fan when I discovered the Greatcoats series, which is also narrated by Joe Jameson. These are books I will read again and again, just to see what I missed the first time. #Fantasy #Magical #TorturedHero #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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de Castell + Jameson = another wonderful story

So glad I took a chance on Traitor’s Blade a few months ago, because it opened up the world of Sebastien de Castell to me & it’s a world worth living in. Both the Spellslinger series and the Greatcoats series are top tier worlds of heroic protagonists facing the world against all odds.

And Joe Jameson is a world class narrator; despite the gender (or species), he delivers the goods in glorious fashion. These aren’t credits you’ll ever second guess. I don’t care who you are- these books are fantastic.

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Hooked!!!

When I frist set out a few months back looking for an audible book that would not only catch my attention but be a pleasure to listen to, I came across the second book of the series. after listening to the sample I highly enjoyed the narrator's voice and was intrigued with the little bit of story that I had heard. not even looking into the description of the book I made this one my first purchase. later about halfway through the book I realized "oops this is the second in the series" with a smile on my face I realized right then I must have the first. and now I have the 3rd. these books make me laugh, smile, wince, and this one particularly even made me cry. my mind gets lost imagining this world and Imagining the characters and imagining what could happen next. thank you so much for the creation of this book and for anybody who is reading this which I'm not sure why you reading my comments and not this book, you cannot go wrong with this book, this series, this amazing narrator, and this world-class author.
thank you all.

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Funny, surprising, with a little dancing

I have come to love seeing Sebastien de Castell’s new book releases. His books are delightful- different than many of the fantasy out there, his tone is close to Michael Sullivan but still unique.
Charmcaster is even better than the books that came before it in the series. But I wish he’d give poor Kellen a break! And squirrel-cats continue to be awesome.

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This fabulous series gets even better with each book!

Another fabulous adventure with so many twists, turns and drama! My emotions were all over the place and it was even quite touching at times. (No spoilers!;) As always there is great character development, dangerous encounters, secrets revealed, and witty dialogue and banter that kept me riveted! I read the hard copy first but knew I had to get the audio as well because Joe Jameson is a brilliant narrator! I can’t believe all these amazing voices come from only one person!

I love the characters and this story so much and can’t wait for the next book. (I highly recommend all Sebastien De Castell books in print as well as audio since Joe Jameson does his Great Coat series as well. ) I’ll definitely be listening to this again and recommending it to friends. It has everything I love in a great story. And by the way, in my humble opinion, Reichis, the squirrel cat, is the greatest literary animal since the Cheshire Cat ~and that’s high praise indeed!;)