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(Spellslinger #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  6,422 ratings  ·  684 reviews
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 m
Paperback, 340 pages
Published May 17th 2018 by Hot Key Books (first published October 5th 2017)
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May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-shelf, fantasy, ya
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 him the ropes on the road in a permanent exile? O
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“First thing you learn travelling the long roads, kid: language is as much in the way you speak as the words you choose.”

Spellslinger ★★★ 1/2
The Dowager Magus ★★★★
Shadowblack ★★★

After finishing book 1 I decided to give this more time to see if it improves! I felt that book 1 was better and I kind of expected that with the reviews I saw for this one. The book continues where book 1 ended but unfortunately the plot shifts away from the main l
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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) Jan'Tep (view spoiler). Kellen is accompanied by Reichis, a squirrel cat with a bad temper and a thieving paw, and his Argosi mentor who is supposedly training him. H ...more
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 characters, the magic, the twisty turns,
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 ultimately some will end up passing you by.😢

I was, however
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Personal rating: 3.75
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars

The 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.

Indeed, Shadowblack is a sequel that greatly expands th
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
My name is Kellen Argos. I am the Path of Endless Stars.

While I enjoyed the first book, I Felt the story came into its own in this novel. I found this funnier too. Reikis and Kellen are great as is Ferous. Looking forward to more!
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Give me the next one now! Preferably with a nice hot bath and butter biscuits.
Dannii Elle
Shadowblack is the magical second instalment in the Spellslinger series.

Kellan has abandoned his people and all hopes of becoming a great Jan'Tep Mage with his dwindling ability to perform even the simplest of spells and when he discovered the markings of the Shadowblack surrounding his left eye. Marked and feared he is on the run from those who wish death on what they do no understand. But upon his travels Kellan discovers many more who are just like him, only their markings bring with them ter
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.

The twists and turns in this book were excellent. A
Wing Kee
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 or a plot point to drive up tension. I wish there was m
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Castell just became one of my favourite authors. He casts magic like no one else.
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
🌌 "We're finally reading this!" BR with the MacHalo Asylum loonies 🌌

#1. Spellslinger ★★★★½

This is what my life had come to: I was now begging my own eyeballs for help, and even that didn’t feel strange.

I didn't lose my mind so much with this but I enjoyed it tremendously!

This never went where I half expected it to go and at first it seemed to be a little adrift without any real storyline in sight. Turned it around though, one of those weird impossible maneuver that cats pull of so effor
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm left feeling kind of "meh" about this one. I liked that it was funnier than the first book, and really the squirrel cat saved this book from being a two star review. I really like Reichis.

As for the rest...I don't like Kellen at all. He is so wishy-washy, and I find that the magic in this book is a bit "deus ex machima". Kellen basically knows one weak breath spell, but then he's able to use that to summon his sister or to do the spell from the last book that involved Reichis' mom. We are t
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 this series.

I was sent an advanced copy of this boo
Melissa | melisthereader
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. ...more
Lucie V.
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars

Once again, the cover is just gorgeous.

Spellslinger was a very good book, funny, full of action, and some intrigue... Well, Shadowblack is darker than Spellslinger and the intrigue just gets thicker. There is still sarcasm and funny dialogues, especially between Reichis and Kellen.

I preferred (only a little bit) the pace in Spellslinger, there was a bit more action, but the storyline of Shadowblack was a big step up from the first book. There in the darkness, mystery and you just have
*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 mentor.

de Castell has written yet another rare and vivid fantasy for young adults that easily read by older too. His imagination knows no bounds and it shows yet
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!
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favorites
I loved every second of it ♥️
Christina Reid
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 when faced with the only thing he is afraid of, a de ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
«First thing you learn travelling the long roads, kid: language is as much in the way you speak as the words you choose»

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 enjoyed most when reading the first instalment… I didn’t enjoye
Patricia Crowther
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Katerina  Kondrenko
7.5 out of 10

Solid continuation. The world expands, we see and learn more. The intrigue construction is a bit similar to the previous book, but it's not the plot gem, so don't mind it.

I love that the author shows how sometimes the love of life is just you living at the same place thus narrowing your choice to the only girl around (really, are there other girls aside from the MC's sister and this Nif-Nif chick in the Kellins' tribe?). Kellen leaves home and, of course, he meets another girl
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 nothing even remotely close to what I loved about (at
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
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.
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, and my only thought upon finishing it was that i ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Squirrel cat 🐈thievery and bravery
Hermitt type Argosi Gurus (plural)
Ass kicking (mostly kellen's)
Deadly dance moves
Obfuscating paths
Whispering to wind spirits
Baffling illness
Little bit romance
Agile spellslinger
Crocodile🐊 crookedness
Killing climax
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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 family for having a mysterious demon plague, trying (
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