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Spellslinger

Spellslinger Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Series: Spellslinger, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (349 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A would-be mage with no magic of his own has to defeat powerful enemies with only cunning and deception in the first book of an exciting adventure fantasy series from Sebastien de Castell.

Kellen is moments away from facing his first duel and proving his worth as a spellcaster. There's just one problem: his magic is fading.

Facing exile unless he can pass the mage trials, Kellen is willing to risk everything - even his own life - in search of a way to restore his magic. But when the enigmatic Ferius Parfax arrives in town, she challenges him to take a different path. 

One of the elusive Argosi, Ferius is a traveller who lives by her wits and the cards she carries. Daring, unpredictable, and wielding magic Kellen has never seen before, she may be his only hope. 

The first novel in a compelling six-book series, bursting with tricks, humor, and a whole new way to look at magic.

Spellslinger Series:

  • Spellslinger
  • Shadowblack
  • Charmcaster

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

"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)

"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)

"An intriguing system of magic, wry humor, and a twisting plot make for an entertaining series debut." (Kirkus)

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One of the best coming of age stories

Recently the fantasy books on audible have been a grind to finish. that's not the case with this book.The characters are relatable and the story never had a slow moment. It started strong and keep the momentum until the very end. I can wait for the next one.

In regards to the narrator of the story. in my option he fit well for the book.

hope that helps,

Albert

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Good story

It was a good story, though the animal cruelty was too much for me at times, liked the greatcoats better

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in love <br />

that's it I'm hooked. I'm in love with the series and can't seem to get enough of it. it's made me laugh it's made me cry and it's made me cheer for Kellen the entire time

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awesome

loved the story, and the narrator is amazing! he does great women's voices. highly recommend, along with de Castell's Greatcoats series.

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Loved every second!

There are those books that you don't want to miss a word of. For me, this was that. It was inventive, fun, and entertaining. I am a stickler for books told from a first person perspective.

I was there with Kellan every moment.

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Terrific start to a series

This was a great start to a book series. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy and/or magic. The narrator performed extremely well and brought this book to life. The recording quality was top notch and sounded great. I will definitely be getting the other books in the series.

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squallcat

the squallcat steals the show, I waited the entire book to see the heri. not sure I liked the book I feel like I am missing information

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Good YA fare

What makes Spellslinger interesting is not it's base story, which is a solid coming of age tape, but the world it is built upon. A unique magic system drives a society that is both unique and a good abstraction of our reality. There are just enough hints on the wider world to make future books interesting. What disappoints are the characters, which don't get enough room to develop beyond stereotypes. While the rehashing of tropes typical to YA leaves me in doubt, I would suggest this to anyone who hasn't got their fill yet.

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ehhhh little too grounded.

the author seems to want to subvert expectations by making the main character boring because nothing you hope for or expect actually happens. it's nice to be surprised but there's a fine line between suprise and disappoinment.

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The wonder of fantasy with the gritty adventures of a classic western.

This entire book had me hooked from page one. I’ve sped through it so fast I can’t help but want to listen to it again right away. The mechanics of this worlds magic along with the inventiveness of the main character has me trapped inside. The bonds and relationships of the families involved have the depth and flavor of something from a Star Wars film. This book is definitely worth the read and I encourage anyone to try it out.