Book Review : Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #1)

Sebastien de Castell you are an evil genius. Simply genius for crafting a story that is not only so unique but can be a path breaker. There was nothing for me in the book, Spellslinger, that was predictable or I felt was headed in the direction that usually the books travel. Everything was thrown at me at such sudden pace and with such evilness that by the time I finished the book, I felt somebody had tied me to a high speed train. It was exhilarating, cunning, and purely magical.

Spellslinger Official Synopsis

There are three things that earn you a man’s name among the Jan’Tep. The first is to demonstrate the strength to defend your family. The second is to prove you can perform the high magic that defines our people. The third is simply to reach the age of sixteen. I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn’t be doing any of those things.

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…

Spellslinger RWAT Take

Let me tell you what I simply adored in the book. Most of the fiction revolves around ordinary people who suddenly discovers unusual power in them and how they change the world with it. Imagine what if you are just ordinary and you never get to discover that power in you. What would you do? Well that is exactly what i felt the book dealt with. Dealing with things that you have at hand rather than expecting a miracle.

I can’t explain the brilliance of the plot because you have to view it for yourself and understand how the author has crafted a tricky story with the help of a very normal and subtle character, but who at the same time, simply colors the book, bright red.

Conclusion

If you haven’t read this book yet, then you are missing the most amazing and magical book. I loved the characters who were so well crafted that the book simply worked on the shoulders of these characters. The plot and the narration is simply engaging and powerful and nothing that you would expect. Give it a try if you are looking for something different and unique.

 

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