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)

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Olga Zbranek Biernátová
    Boží až do konce :-)
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jonathan Wilson
    4.25 Stars
  • Atlas
    "Look at all of those stars. Why'd you need to pick just one to follow?"* * *3 / 5This book reminded me of a TV episode: a small contained plot that didn't really move along the main story arc, but that was still fun and had the great original characters, but also added some new side ones I didn't really care about and vanished at the end. Shadowblack has Kellen, Reichis, and Ferius from Spellslinger and is focused around the sudden spread of the...
  • Mitriel
    Give me the next one now! Preferably with a nice hot bath and butter biscuits.
  • Manon
    Yet again a brilliant book! I don't really remember why I gave the first book only 4 stars, so I'll make sure I change it to five. I really can't wait for the next book.
  • Thea 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...
  • Vicky
    What do you get when you mix a YA book with magic, some exceedingly sarcastic characters and a good dollop of Western? Apparently, the answer is Shadowblack, the second book in the Spellslinger series…and it’s a great read. (Hooray!)Now, I’m a huge fan of Sebastien de Castell, and really enjoyed the first book in the series, where we were introduced to Kellen, the almost magic-less Mage from the Jan’Tep tribe, his talking squirrel-cat (wh...
  • S.J. Higbee
    This one is such fun. While I had enjoyed the first book, this one is tighter in focus with a stronger, more coherent storyline. And of course Reiches, the incorrigible squirrel cat is back, giving us some much-needed light relief as the storyline becomes a whole lot darker. I love the relationship between Kellen and Reiches – it’s not remotely sentimental and although there is plenty of humour, it is always edged with the prickly sensibiliti...
  • Leonie Byrne
    This series is fast becoming one of my all time favourites. Following my epic adventures with Spellslinger after picking it up in a deal in Asda, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Shadowblack and thanks to the lovely people at Bonnier Zaffre and Netgalley I have done! Shadowblack was even better than Spellslinger which is hard because 1. Spellslinger was really good and 2. It's rare a Middle book in a trilogy is any good at all never mind better...
  • Joel
    Shadowblack continues de Castell's fun YA series Spellslinger, and does so with great skill - the first novel was a lot of fun, with some really tense moments, and created a pretty vivid and interesting set of characters and places to enjoy. Shadowblack expanded upon that to add more characters, all of which vibrant and unique, while also managing to keep things manageable and focused. I enjoyed this novel quite a bit more than the first - which ...
  • Nicholas Talty
    All of the stars. Young adult? Maybe. I’m still not sure. If it is, it’s among the best. Fun, exciting, enthralling, oddly deep at times.... read this. And then go back and read Traitor’s Blades and the sequels because this is absolutely one of the most overlooked voices of our generation of fantasy.
  • Rosina
    I received a free copy of this book through ReadersFirst in return for an honest review.As much as I wanted to read this book quickly before I even started it, I didn't think I'd get through it as quickly as I did. But damn, Shadowblack took what was good from Spellslinger and upped it a level.What I Liked-Almost everything, seriously.-Kellen's growth-Reichis-The humour-The darker twists this book took-The way Ferius teaches Kellen-There's a litt...
  • Colin Hardy
    This is an impressive sequel and sets the scene for more of the same. As with the previous book there is strong characterisation and a richness of description that enhances the story. The world building remains at a very high standard with coherent mapping of location to plot development.There are fewer twists and turns to this story but that does not mean the story is weakened as a result. This remains a tale of personal realisation and growth t...
  • Tammy
    Sebastien de Castell never fail to entertain me with his unique world of magic, interesting characters and fun plot and witty and funny thoughts.
  • Dawn
    I have to say that the first thing to catch your eye is the fantastic cover which follows the theme of the first book Spellslinger. I'm not new to this author I followed the adventures of Falcio and his erstwhile companions with great interest. However I digress somewhat. I was very pleased to receive an early reading copy of Shadowblack from the publisher. This series is aimed at a younger readership but doesn't lack any of the camaraderie and i...
  • M.J.
    I received a free copy from Netgalley.I'd noticed this book in my Goodreads feed with people recommending it, or lamenting that it wasn't out yet. What I hadn't realised was that it was a Young Adult novel, and in fact, I didn't actually notice until the novel stalled at about 40% of the way through. I started to wonder what on earth I was reading and quite frankly, why I was continuing to read it. This is the reason it took me over two weeks to ...
  • Louise
    Picking up where book one, Spellslinger, ended, Kellen is on the road with his friend Ferius Parfax and his squirrel cat sidekick, Reichis. Someone in his Jan'Tep clan has put a bounty on his head and now anyone could be an assassin sent to kill him. People fear his Shadowblack curse and Kellen himself is beginning to wonder if he'll be able to control it forever.As Kellen and Ferius fight off one such attack, they meet Seneira. Her people are no...
  • Nikki
    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Oh Kellen, I just love your story so much! 😍 Shadowblack was everything I hoped it would be and more - I particularly liked that it twisted my expectations and did something a bit different (and even better!) I love the originality of this series and that Kellen is still relying on his smarts, even if that doesn't always work out and he gets hit ;) This boo...
  • Raphael Sule
    Captivating.This book was. Absolutely. AMAZING. At first, i thought that this book would confuse me, because it started from a random point in time, and i wondered if there was a book between spellslinger and shadowblack that i had accidentally missed out. But then i realised there had been a time lapse, and i started to enjoy the book. My favorite quote from this book goes to the 'blind girl' Seneria, who says 'You're blind. I just can't see' Th...
  • imyril
    Travelling with Ferius and Reichis, Kellen continues to battle his insecurities as he comes of age. When they stumble across what appears to be a shadowblack plague, they pause in their journeys to investigate.Spellslinger was a high bar to kick off a series with. While Shadowblack is fun, it never quite matches its predecessor, at its best in its comic asides and episodes of squirrel cat belligerence, but I would have liked to see the same dept...
  • Heather
    Brilliant! I loved the first but this was even better! It's one of the best fantasy series I've ever read. I bought it on impulse because I loved the cover but I had no idea how fabulous it would be. I can't wait for the third book!
  • Tina