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|Grade Level: 9 - 12|
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A fun, fast-moving adventure, with surprising depth and insight.-- "Jim C. Hines, Hugo Award-winning author"
An intriguing system of magic, wry humor, and a twisting plot make for an entertaining series debut.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Exotic, original and gripping from the get-go, Spellslinger is a must-read.-- "Jonathan Stroud, New York Times bestselling author "
Told with the conviction of Ursula Le Guin and the dash of Alexandre Dumas.-- "New Statesman" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist. Sebastien lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats.
Joe Jameson trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has narrated over a hundred audiobooks, including titles by Gillian Slovo, Bear Grylls, Malorie Blackman, and Susan Hill, as well as The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff. He also works extensively in theater and television.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication Date : July 17, 2018
- File Size : 2992 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 350 pages
- Publisher : Orbit (July 17, 2018)
- ASIN : B079DNTPRK
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- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
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P.S. Fun is often sufficient, however, and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Spellslinger books.
Probably a good book, for someone else.
SDC started writing& used what is honestly the most stringent of studies (covering Science & liberal arts) to bring to life a tale that is a perfect picture of how archaeologist function, dig deep & always have a great story & character to share around the fire pit long after the day is done lol. I used my degree to teach, anthropology in action. There is a deep to the story that all archaeologist come to understand, what is left buried by time is only the beginning of understanding, to get to the truth you really do need a squirrel cat, & a great sense of the absurd as well as the mundane. Loved the story, will read more of this tale & can recommend to other readers because not only is the story well written, it is fluid & captures the imagination while tickling your fancy! Highly recommend.
won. It is hard to describe. I stayed frustrated for the character especially how his own parents bound him and the aurhor never readdress that issue. Anyay it wasn't one of ny better reads.
I wouldn't give it a star at all except you have to post at least one star.
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Just as things start to get interesting at the first Mage Trial Ferius Parfax seemingly appears from nowhere. Is she a Draoman Spy? Maybe she is an Argosi. Nobody seems able to decide but the Lord Magi definitely don't trust her.
Spellslinger is full of rich characters and right form the outset we know so much about the characters of Panahsi, Tennat, Shalla and Nephania and can juxtapose them very easily against Kellen. With a few broad strokes the author has conjured up a living, breathing fantasy world that it is so easy to fall full length in to it.
Although I would say this is really more for a teen audience I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed this descent into the glorious fantasy realm created by Sebastian De Castell. This is clearly the pre-cursor to a series of novels and I am hopeful that we will learn more about the other nations inhabiting this realm just as we have learnt so much about the Jan'Tep and the Sha'Tep.
Away from the fantasy story there are clear parables being told about family life, societal pressures and the revisionist nature of history. These could prove great ways of opening up dialogue for younger readers or simply just let them enjoy a rip-roaring read.
If you are aged outside the target demographic but love fantasy tales then this is a great book so please don't dismiss it because you feel you are too old.
With all that said, though, it's fun to read - it rattles along at a good pace, the characters that do get fleshed out properly are pleasingly three-dimensional and there's some proper insight into the coming-of-age story. The sidekick is fun, and even if the ending is a bit deus ex machina, you probably won't notice much. There's plenty of scenery-chewing magic for the eventual special effects team to get their teeth into, and while you wouldn't describe it as understated it's at least internally consistent - the author has spent some time thinking about how his schools of magic work, their rules and their limitations. All in all it's a good read and I got through it quickly, albeit wincing occasionally at the more overt please-buy-the-film-rights moments.
There is a lot to love about Spellslinger, the story was fast paced and had me totally hooked from very early on. It was very easy to connect to Kellan and it felt like I was going though the trials right alongside him, I hurt for him when he failed and I wanted to climb into the book to defend him when he was bullied by other kids his age for his practically nonexistent magic. There was a lot of humour in the story but there were some really dark things too. It was hard to like any of the Jan'Tep and Kellan's parents crossed lines that were incredibly painful to read about so I'd happily set them on fire and watch them burn.
It was only the humour that Ferius brought to the story and the addition of Reichus, the talking squirrel cat, that kept this from being a bit too dark for me but they were such fun characters to read about and I was so invested in Kellan's story that I couldn't put the book down. I have very high hopes for this series and can't wait to see where Kellan's journey takes him next.