Shadowblack (Spellslinger #2) by Sebastien de Castell

Shadowblack (Spellslinger #2)

The second book in the page-turning Spellslinger series for all teen, YA, adult and fantasy readers.It's a few months since Kellen left his people behind. Now aged sixteen, Kellen is an outlaw, relying on his wits to keep him alive in the land of the Seven Sands. He misses home, he misses family and more than anything, he misses Nephenia, the girl he left behind. Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn't blind, and who carries a secret ...

Details Shadowblack (Spellslinger #2)

TitleShadowblack (Spellslinger #2)
Release DateOct 5th, 2017
PublisherHot Key Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magic

Reviews Shadowblack (Spellslinger #2)

  • C.G. Drews
    I like this series in a very very lowkey way. Which is unfortunately apathetic but like I feel it's mostly ME standing between liking it vs loving it. It just doesn't grab me emotionally at all? And the only character I care about is Kellen (even though he's about as intelligent as a reheated waffle) so yes.Anyhow here's the link to my review of book one if you wish it.+ I do think it has a fun voice!It reminds me of Skulduggery Pleasant with a s...
  • Bradley
    I don't care who knows it, I'm a fanboy. Yes, it's fantasy YA, but after the first novel and having loved the flow so well and where it wound up, there's nothing that might convince me to stop now.On the road.Everything about the characters is fun. Sorry. It's just super easy reading and what's not to love about a wisecracking thieving racoon-cat who is the nightmare of every mage alive as your best friend? Or having a wily dancer/charmer showing...
  • Kaitlin
    This was for sure a step up from book one, which I enjoyed, but this one kept me engrossed through to the end and I am now really looking forward to seeing where the story goes next. In this book we're once again following Kellen, who is (view spoiler)[now an outcast from the (hide spoiler)] Jan'Tep (view spoiler)[community he grew up in (hide spoiler)]. Kellen is accompanied by Reichis, a squirrel cat with a bad temper and a thieving paw, and hi...
  • Victoria Rose
    Kid, one day, if you live long enough, you're gonna figure out that power is the biggest joke of all. So Spellslinger was a fun, twisty turny adventure with added magic and angst and great characters, with wit and a few darker moments, but not so much of a wild west influence as the cover would suggest.For Shadowblack, Castell has upped the darker moments by like 75%, upped the angst by 50%, upped the western style by 10% and kept everything else...
  • The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
    As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...I won a copy of this book through Readers First.Even though The Greatcoats by Sebastien de Castell is one of my favourite fantasy series I have to admit that I haven’t read the first book in his YA fantasy series the Spellslinger series. You all know how it is, too many books and sadly, never enough time to read them all and ultima...
  • Ivenn
    Castell just became one of my favourite authors. He casts magic like no one else.
  • Dreximgirl
    I loved this book! I love this series. Everything about this book was great. The plot was intriguing and mysterious and definitely kept me hooked. I also like how while it was a contained adventure it also led into a more overarching plot. The character development was great for everybody, Kellen, Ferius and even Reichis had wonderful moments and finding out a little more about Ferius is always welcome as I adore her. Cannot wait for more from th...
  • Mitriel
    Give me the next one now! Preferably with a nice hot bath and butter biscuits.
  • Siobhan
    3.5 stars🌟I enjoyed the storyline, but some of the characters annoyed me quite a bit. Reichis the squirrel cat was the best part of the book by far!
  • Roy
    3.5*A solid follow up to book 1. The 3 main characters in the group are back and go on an adventure. Meet up with some new characters at an Academy, the story starts to get intriguing from here. However, didnt feel as excited or engaged whilst reading this as compared to book 1. I think the development of the magic system in book 1 was what made it pretty cool. Plot was something standard you'd find in a YA fantasy novel, but still had great dial...
  • Patricia Crowther
    🤔 4.5*? Loved it, just not much to it. A very quick read.I would have been so excited for the next one if Kellen had decided to stay on at the Academy though!
  • Olga Zbranek Biernátová
    Boží až do konce :-)
  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    To be honest, I don't really like having the heroes of the stories I read thrust every few pages into seemingly hopeless situations where they get thoroughly beaten up, only to either then find themselves in an even worse situation or miraculously escape per the well known deus ex machina trick. So this book caused me extreme anxiety for too many pages, but in the end, I can truly say that it was just as good as the first one, perhaps even better...
  • Christina Reid
    This is fast-becoming one of my favourite fantasy series! It is a weird but perfect blend of magic, wild west-style gunslinging, frontier survival, murderous magical creatures and Kellen's stupid teenage decisions. This book will make you laugh, while drawing you in to really care about the characters. Reichis, the foul-mouthed squirrelcat is a particular favourite of mine, particularly when he shows his vulnerabilities a bit more in this book wh...
  • Daniel
    Uvek se iznenadim kolko de Kastel pise citke izabavne knjige. Uzmimo ovu na primer, klise prica za koju u vecini slucajeva znamo kako ce se razvijati ali posto je stil tako pitak, likovi razradjeni i zabavni i tako prikazani da nas stalno vuce sta ce im se desiti i kako ce se izvuci iz neprilika, cela prica samo proleti. I pre nego sto ste poceli vec gotovo.U sustini neamo sta da kazem za knjigu, kvalitetno i zabavno stivo za sve od 10 godina pa ...
  • Derpa
    So Kellen is an outlaw now. Him, Ferius and Reichis are basically wandering the lawless deserts between the countries, being chased around by bounty hunters sent by Kellen's people, when they end up in a university city bringing together the young and rich to build their minds and their relationships. Now with some extra shadowblack infection! Something needs to be done. I don't really like this series that much. It is what it is, I find it nothi...
  • Andrea
    Four months in the borderlands had brought me to one irrefutable conclusion: I made a terrible outlaw. I couldn't hunt worth a damn, got lost just about everywhere I went, and it seemed like every person I met found some perfectly sensible reason to try to rob me or kill me. Sometimes both.Meet Kellen, the most adorable, clueless, and precious failed outlaw. Seriously though, the kid has it bad: exiled from his home country and shunned by his fam...
  • Adam
    de Castell is a wonderful writer. I didn't like this book quite as much as the 1st one, but de Castell excels at character growth, and that kept me engaged. I'm definitely looking forward to the next in the series.
  • Annabel
    Echt net zo goed als het eerste deel! ik kan niet wachten tot ik de rest kan lezen!!!
  • Vendea
    Na pokračování Divotvůrce jsem se těšila hodně, protože jednička skončila fakt otevřeně a navíc... Černé znamení. Obsahově se mi dvojka líbila o trošičku míň, ale pořád to byla pořádná jízda, která mě bavila od začátku do konce. Neskutečně mě baví combo Farius, Reichis a Kellen. A názor na Seneiru? Zatím dobrý, asi ji mám radši než Nephenii. Btw. Kellen vypadá na obálce fakt hot. 4/5*
  • Jay The Crippled God
    Shadowblack,... such a wonderful journey focused on self discovery and following one's own path (view spoiler)[The path of the Endless stars (such a wonderful path he had chosen.) (hide spoiler)]Unlike the first book that focused on setting up the world of spellslinger and introducing the reader to how the magic system worked, alongside the different clans and their politics and so on and forth, this book was focused on Kellen's life as an outcas...
  • *Thea 'WookieMama' Wilson*
    Shadowblack is a very worthy and wonderful sequel to the fabulous Spellslinger!This book picks up after the events of Spellslinger and throws you back into the action with a brand new and quite gripping new rip-roaring adventure with our intrepid and quite messed up young hero, his ferocious little squirrel cat and his new card-wielding Castell has written yet another rare and vivid fantasy for young adults that easily read by older too...
  • raquel (raqthereader)
    2’5 ★★ «First thing you learn travelling the long roads, kid: language is as much in the way you speak as the words you choose» {English}Okay. Firstly, I’m strongly disappointed with this second instalment of Spellslinger series… But why am I that much disappointed? Mainly because I had really high expectations into this book when I read the first —you can read my full review of Spellslinger here— and also because the things that...
  • Angela Groves
    I wasn't convinced with Spellslinger. I really enjoyed it, but after reading the Greatcoats, perhaps I wasn't ready. That being said by god I was ready for this! Shadowblack is a stunner of a second novel! The characters have time to evolve and I loved them! They were funnier, more loveable and full of sass, so much sass! The story was paced really well, and gave the whole series a sense of direction and purpose. Getting a second book right is a ...
  • Jonathan Wilson
    4.25 Stars
  • Paul
    Brilliant sequel. De Castell is yet to fail me, so and this series is developing nicely.Great characters carried over from book 1, with the combinator of wanderer, a outcast and psycho cleptomaic squirrel leading to a great dynamic.The story itself is great, not as much a bridge book as some sequels can feel, but more a coming of age book.Looking forward to book 3 now.