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Spellslinger

Spellslinger Series, Book 1
Written by: Sebastien de Castell
Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (5 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

What the critics say

"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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  • albert
  • 2018-07-21

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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  • Carlos
  • 2018-08-26

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-01

Magic

if you love animals and don't want to read about them getting hurt, then this is not for you. it has magic, cards, rebellion, slaves, and flying cat squirrels.

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  • benjamin
  • 2019-07-03

Missed potential

This series had a lot of potential, but never really followed through. You keep expecting the characters to find an interesting solution to their problems but throughout the first three books, this boils down to not-so-witty banter or blowing shit up; there's really no middle ground. The protagonist is bland, amd the supporting characters are just irritating. Pretty good narration, though.

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  • Curtis Parillon
  • 2019-06-17

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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  • Corey Neuenschwander
  • 2018-10-02

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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  • lynn
  • 2018-08-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-01

Great introduction to the world

With de Castell's signature story telling the reader is thrown through life one bad event after another until the end where all comes to a happy ending. Due to the writing style I can only give an overall 4 even though I gave 5's in story and performance because throughout the book I was only hoping for one good thing to happen to Calum, the main character, but it never came making the overall end not as great as it could have been. Joe Jameson also brings any and all characters to life while also giving them unique personalities merely through voice. Being introduced to this world is exciting and I cannot wait to jump into the next on.

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  • Carlynne Toomey
  • 2019-09-15

Great story

I really enjoyed listening to this story and will definitely look for future books by this author and narrator. Highly recommended.

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  • Jessie S.
  • 2019-09-04

I won't be getting the next book in this series.

Not a single likable character, each is simultaneously boring in their one dimensionality and irritating in what little personality they have.
Twice the narrator asks why a more powerful woman defers to a man and twice we get NO ANSWER. Is this a lame attempt at feminism? oh also all the women in this story are supposedly powerful but really completely useless and need to be saved by the self professed weakling main character.
What could've been an interesting story lacked anything resembling depth.