Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1) by Sebastien de Castell

Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1)

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...

Details Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1)

TitleSpellslinger (Spellslinger #1)
Release DateMay 4th, 2017
PublisherHot Key Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magic

Reviews Spellslinger (Spellslinger #1)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Reread 2018I freaking loved this book!I am so glad this is book one of a trilogy/duology/series, whatever because it rocked my little world! Kellen (Kel) is a boy who is trying to get his magic to work. If he doesn't get his magic to work by his 16 bday and win in the trials, then he's up the creek without a paddle so to speak. Kel's parents are a high powered family and Kel is just there so to speak. He gets into trouble a lot but I love him. Th...
  • Helena of Sparta ✰
    Well, this was nonstop fun and action! It’s been a while since I’ve read such a fast-paced book! When I picked up The Magicians by Lev Grossman years ago...THIS is what I was expecting: a magical system with hand motions and spoken spells. This also has a younger-YA, almost Percy Jackson-esque, narrator. I am HERE for the sass!Also, I need to get myself a sarcastic squirrel cat of my own ASAP. Anyone know how to hook me up with one? I would b...
  • Melanie
    I have to start off this review by letting you all know that Sebastien de Castell is my favorite author, hands down. His writing is so beautiful, his banter leaves my sides hurting from laughter, his characters always find a way to weasel themselves into my heart, and his fantasy stories are a tier above anything else out there right now. He is such a clever and witty writer, and his books are exactly what I want and look for in my fantasy. Oh, a...
  • Lola
    You know how you often read about these characters that have incredible powers offered to them on a silver platter so that they can save the world and become the heroes and heroines not only of their own story, but of everyone else's as well?That’s not Kellen.He’s no hero. In a world where magic is praised and valued more than anything else, this kiddo really doesn’t fit in, especially considering how his father, mother and sister can wield...
  • Eon ♒Windrunner♒
    *04 October 2017* - A quick reread before Shadowblack Reread is done and that was once again, a lot of fun! Oh, and have I mentioned how gorgeous this book is? 4.5 StarsNormally when I see a promising sounding book and notice that it is YA, I immediately lower my expectations for it as I have not always had the best experience with the genre. I might be starting to sound like a broken record on that point though. Quite a few great YA books nowad...
  • شيماء ✨
    You know when the cover is so pretty but then you read the book and you realize that you've been catfished?? I consider that a good example of true evil at workI have no feelings for this book except maybe that gritted teeth emoji. I'm convinced this was just the universe deciding to aggravate me harder than usual. I can't believe I actually managed to read this entire thing and still somehow remain conscious for at least half of it?? but y'all k...
  • Bradley
    Good lord. Sebastien de Castell is kinda a god among writers. I have not read a single one of his novels that I haven't loved. It's really hard to say what I love the most. The characters have such bright and vivid voices, the magic is both interesting and well fleshed-out with wonderful rules and consequences, and the plots are snappy.This may be a YA novel but that hardly matters to me at all. The reckoning is coming, the buildup and reveals pe...
  • Sh3lly (grumpybookgrrrl.com)
    Spellslinger is a book that will make you cheer and laugh - and also occasionally be tempted to smash against the wall.Kellen is training to be a mage, only he isn’t very good at magic. He can barely do little wimpy breath spells. He is almost sixteen, at which point, if he doesn’t pass his Jan’Tep trials, he will become Sha’Tep. The people without magic who do the manual labor and serve the mages. It’s a very judgy and tyrannical socie...
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    “First thing you learn wandering the long roads, kid. Everyone thinks they're the hero of their own story" This is gonna be a messy incoherent long kinds review containing untagged spoilers you've been warnedWell this was incredibly disappointing. I have limits to how many times I can feel annoyed in a book and this really surpassed my limits. I'm only giving it three stars because despite how aggravated I was for the second half, I did enjoy t...
  • Caitlin
    I had literally never heard of this book before until I went into Dymocks the other day and bought it because I fell in love with the cover. I thought I knew what I was in for when I read the blurb, but I was wrong. This book was definitely not what I expected and I actually loved it. We follow Kellen who is about to enter into a set of trials that will determine whether he is a Jan'Tep (someone with magic) or a Sha'Tep (someone without magic). H...
  • Patricia Crowther
    Advanced copy received via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.Initially I was going to rate this down to 4.5* but I've decided to keep it at the whole 5 stars. I just think that the one single issue I had with it was really minor and overall didn't really have any impact on how much I enjoyed it in the end. That issue was the slight lack of world building at the start. I was a little unclear as to what kind of setting the story was based in ...
  • Emma
    Many thanks to Netgalley who provided me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Fun, action-packed adventure! I would say middle-grade rather than YA. This book seems to be setting up what will be a new series. Kellen finds out that all is not as it seems in the world in which he has been raised. He is betrayed by those around him and has to find his own way as an outcast. Along the way he befriends a feisty squirrel cat and a ...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    ► 3.5 stars. Albeit not perfect, Spellslinger was just so effortlessly readable. So much that I was genuinely surprised when I checked the number of pages and saw that the story was 400 pages long : never once did I feel their weight. 'First thing you learn wandering the long roads, kid. Everyone thinks they're the hero of their own story.' The world created by De Castell, while somewhat devoid of strong originality - a world shared by magicia...
  • Sarah
    I loved this! I have wanted to read it ever since finishing de Castell’s Greatcoats series, but it hasn’t been published in the US prior to July. Lucky me, I don’t have to wait for the next books to be written, only published.The fact that it is YA made me a little suspicious I’ll admit, but I shouldn’t have worried. It’s the characters that sold me on the Greatcoats, and I think, if anything there’s more to love about this band of ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/07/19/...Sebastien de Castell is the real deal, and if I still had any lingering doubts about that…well, then Spellslinger just laid them all to rest. While I’m a huge fan of his Greatcoats series, as we all know, it’s no small thing whenever an author decides to leap genres or go from writing books for adults to writing YA. De Castell, however, brilliantly navigates the tra...
  • Katie.dorny
    I loved this book!!! I was worried due to the mixed reviews it might not be my cup of tea but I was wrong.Here we meet Kellen. A poor boy about to be outcast because he doesn’t really have any magic. We also have a flying angry squirrel, a badass heroine and a huge conspiracy to uncover.When you can’t do magic by your 16th year, you are second class to the Mages in this town. It’s very political and happy to rewrite history - as we all soon...
  • Atlas
    "Tricks are all I have." I said. "Clever. The boy always seeks to be clever."* * * * .54.5 / 5Kellen is supposed to be earning his mage name; on the cusp of turning sixteen, if he doesn't pass the four trials he'll be relegated to the life of a servant. The problem? He doesn't have any magic any more. It doesn't help that his father is the most powerful mage of their people and his sister, barely thirteen, is already passing all of her trials. Th...
  • Olga Zbranek Biernátová
    Moje aktuální top young adult fantasy? Kostičas, Šest vran a nyní i Divotvůrce. Sebastien de Castell je mágem slova, zápletky i budování fantaskních světů, smekám svůj hraničářský klobouk, kdybych se včera nedonutila jít před druhou ranní spát, zhltala bych tuhle knížku do dnešního rozbřesku. Dávám stovku! Čtěte celou recenzi: http://bit.ly/recenze-divotvurce
  • Joel
    Sebastien de Castell's 'Greatcoats' series was one of the big surprises for me of the last couple years - funny, well-written, exciting, heart-wrenching, and just an incredible read with incredible characters. I quickly fell in love with his writing style and choices, and certainly marked him as one of my new favorite authors.Spellslinger is not a book I was aware was coming, or even knew that it had come out. I follow Sebastien on social media a...
  • Scrill
    "There's no amount of magic in the world that's worth the price of a man's conscience" Kellen is about to turn 16, the age when Jan'Tep prove their magical abilities or become a Sha'Tep for the remainder of their lives, serving those who are true mages. As each day gets closer to his birthday, he seems to be loosing more and more magic. It isn't until Ferius Parfax shows up that Kellen starts to realize that a life of servitude isn't the only opt...
  • Geo Marcovici
    Translation widget on The blog!!!Un fantasy absolut minunat! Plin de magie, de intrigi și comploturi, de pericole ce pândesc la tot pasul. Și un tânăr curajos, căruia sorții nu i-au oferit prea multe șanse de câștig, dar cu inteligenta și curaj, răzbate. Unde-l va purta destinul? Rămâne de văzut.Recenzia mea completa o găsiți aici:https://www.delicateseliterare.ro/due...
  • Lindsay
    An action-packed coming of age fantasy story that attempts to pull off a gunfighter-Western aesthetic. I'm not sure it's 100% successful at that, but the result is very entertaining.The Jan'Tep are mages. If they're not mages then they become Sha'Tep, literally second class citizens whose lives are heavily proscribed by their mage overclass. Before their sixteenth birthday every child must take the test that will determine their status for the re...
  • ☙ percy ❧
    i think i'm turning into That Guy Who Hates Everything Everyone Else Loves and that sucks!! what am i missing that everyone else sees!! i want to like things, dammit! the main plotline was pretty intriguing, with the Jan'Tep and the shadowblack and things. that was pretty cool. but everything was just... boring? the writing was pretty lacklustre, and the occasional humorous line was not enough to save the overall dullness, i'm afraid. the squirre...
  • Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)
    (4.5)You don't understand, I actually really loved that. I am in awe. There is potential for me to come back in a few days and give it 5 stars and put it on my favourites shelf.A FEW DAYS (WEEKS) LATER...(I have already successfully coerced convinced 2 and a half friends to buy this book. The half is cause two friends bought it but one of them has a twin and they share a bookshelf sooo.....)"Squirrel cats, it turns out, are sarcastic assholes."As...
  • Marta Álvarez
    Una ambientación interesante; me he quedado con ganas de ver más mundo.La historia estaba bien hilada, aunque yo, que soy amante de las historias de personajes, he echado de menos que los secundarios no quedaran tan eclipsados por el protagonista.
  • Jade Ratley
    Despite all the mixed reviews I’ve seen about this book, I can truly say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were enjoyable, the plot was intriguing, the politics had me drawn in. The magic was fascinating, and the squirrel cat was fabulous.
  • ♛ Garima ♛
    The 'spellslinger'. A Discordance. A disturbance that could change the direction of the world. It is an understatement to say that this is a very interesting beginning of a new series. I have been waiting for this book to release and become available for so long then when it actually released, I forgot about it completely. But better late than never! Every character in this book is multidimensional, cryptic and weird and I loved them all. I mean ...