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...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars Spellslinger series is starting to take shape with this second volume, and I’m liking where it’s going. Ex-magic student Kellen, having chosen the path of exile, has become transformed into a roaming outlaw of sorts, and I’m feeling these wonderful Western vibes seeping in. Best of all, traveling with our characters mean we get to discover a whole wide world of endless possibilities...
  • Sarah
    Another wonderful entry in this series. Sebastien de Castell is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.We pick up where Kellen left off, on the run with Ferius Parfax and Reichis the squirrel cat, wandering the Seven Sands and just trying to keep his head on his shoulders. Out in the desert he meets another Argosi, The Path of Thorns and Roses, who has a girl in her care, Seneira. Seneira, not even a mage, is also suffering the Shadowblack.T...
  • Mitriel
    Give me the next one now! Preferably with a nice hot bath and butter biscuits.
  • Ivenn
    Castell just became one of my favourite authors. He casts magic like no one else.
  • Siv30
    טוב אז הספר השני לא עינג אותי כמו הראשון והאמת ששקלתי לעזוב באמצע אבל בכל זאת סיימתי אותו.זה לא שהוא רע, בכל זאת נתתי לו 3 כוכבים. אבל הוא כבד יותר, איטי יותר והחינניות של קלן פשוט נעלמה. נגוזה כאילו לא היתה קיימת בספר הראשון. וזה למעשה היה מוקד העונג ה...
  • Melissa
    Reichis is my favorite "business partner", ever! He is so much like Rocket Raccoon, and I am living for it! He is the best comic relief for all the shit stuff that happened in this book. So excited to see what more shenanigans the gang is going to go through in the next book.
  • 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...
  • Wing Kee
    Wandering novel with a really bad romance...really bad.World: The world building here is still wishy washy like the first book. There is a good world here with some interesting ideas and places but it’s inconsistent, especially the magic system. I hate it when magic systems are not clearly defined and only come around to serve the purpose of the plot. That’s the case here, the magic is the way it is just for the story points to make a point o...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • *Thea 'Wookiee'sMama' 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...
  • 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...
  • raquel baggins
    «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 I had enjoye...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Shree143
    Squirrel cat 🐈thievery and bravery Hermitt type Argosi Gurus (plural) Ass kicking (mostly kellen's)Deadly dance movesObfuscating pathsWhispering to wind spiritsBaffling illnessLittle bit romanceAgile spellslingerCrocodile🐊 crookedness Killing climax
  • 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...
  • GrilledCheeseSamurai
    Sebastien de Castell nails it again. This is a great follow up book and all of the things that I loved from the first are back again for this second outing.These are quick easy reads and are a helluva entertaining romp. Lots of action and humor and even a smattering of some touching moments.Definitely looking forward to the next one.
  • 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 ...
  • 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!!!