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(Spellslinger #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,344 ratings  ·  318 reviews
The fourth book in the page-turning SPELLSLINGER fantasy series. Kellen and his murderous squirrel cat, Reichis, are on their own. They've heard rumour of a mythical monastery, known as the Ebony Abbey. It's a place that outsiders can never find - but Kellen is getting desperate. He's been told that the monks inside the Ebony Abbey know more about the Shadowblack than anyo ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Hot Key Books
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Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
I was very unsure about this installment at first but then it became one heart attack after another! Such a crazy ending!
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Finally the series is moving on and getting better once again!

Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

In my review of the previous book, Charmcaster, I noted how certain patterns seemed to keep popping up repeatedly in the storytelling. However, as I was reading Soulbinder, all I could think of was how Sebastien de Castell must have had the same concerns as I did on the direction of this series, because it seemed he did everything he could in this one to shake things up and make the story as unpredictable as possible aga
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy, ya
I can't tell whether I'm totally hooked on the series because of all the cool things that have been discovered and/or learned through the course of them or whether this particular book shone, all on its own, a bit brighter than all but the first.

But enjoy it, I did. A lot. I'm loving the whole jack-of-all-trades vibe taking on masters of single schools of magic. :) Trickster? Yep. Highly observational? Yep.

In the heart of a land of Shadowblack monks hiding from the rest of the world and STILL g
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so good! Our Kellan is growing up! This story sees him on an adventure without Ferius or Reichis. We also learn a lot more about the complexities of Shadowblack and Kellan learns more about his own condition. This showed excellent character development. Recommended.
kartik narayanan
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Spellslinger continues to be one of the best YA series with Soulbinder being another great entry.

As before, the standout element is the nuanced relationship that Kellen has with his family especially with his father. Even though the amount of pages devoted to this relationship & interaction is in the single digits, it is enough to elevate the story from the sea of YA fiction out there.

The other aspects of this series - Kellen's wit(?), the action, fast paced writing, unique world building - are
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Still loving this series, and how broad the universe is!

Kellen is brilliant in this one - really coming across as a young kid forced to grow up too fast, and a good trickster, but also a sensible (trouble loving) head on his shoulders! His interactions with all the new characters was fab. My favourite is Butelios, he’s awesome! I’m really hoping we see more of him in the future. And as much as I sort of want to push Diadera off a cliff, I really enjoyed her character too.

I loved getting to see
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Just when things started feeling 'same old, same old' Sebastien de Castell switches everything up! Kellen is on his own and thrown into a predicament without any help from his companions. He is forced to grow as a character, and in doing so, we learn a lot more about his Shadowblack problem and what it could all mean.

I had a helluva fun time with this one, and after the first book, it is probably my favorite in the series so far. At first, I was put a little off balance with the omission of some
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kellen searches for the Ebony Abbey - his latest hope to find a cure for his shadowblack. In this installment Kellen is even separated from Reichis. The reader encounters many new characters and gains an interesting view on the shadowblack. Kellen once again has to rely on his Argosi training and is forced to reconsider his family ties. Will war be inevitable? Are the cultural differences to big to be overcome? Read for yourself ;)
I enjoyed this book immensely amongst others due to B. a new char
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have devoured this series, it's just so thoroughly enjoyable. It may be one of the best I have ever read.

Easily checks off the trifecta for me:
Dynamic characters
Great world and magic system
Exceptional pacing

Surely at some point one of these books is going to bend and I'm going to lose interest... nah who am I kidding? Just gimmie more!
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series keep getting better and better. The multi layer story style as always awesome. The solo performance of Kellen's showed character development. I genuinely scared about Reichis for a while. Overall a top notch writing, kick ass story and complex characters. Sebastien de Castell showed yet again that he is one of the best out there right now with this book 📙.
Kayleigh Brindley
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I discovered the first book in the Spellslinger series in December 2017, and after reading the following two books in the series earlier this year, it's become a huge favourite.

So, I was more than excited to see Soulbinder pop up in NetGalley as I was desperate to find out what happened after the events of Charmcaster. I'm going to do my very best here to keep any spoilers out of this review, but if you haven't read the first three books of this series, you might want to look away now. You can f
Jude (NovelReader13)
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, series
This series is just. so. good!
Full disclosure: I didn't like Soulbinder as much as the previous two installments, but we're talking about the tiniest amount, really. This had mainly to do with the fact that we don't get to see much of some of my favourite characters (one of them in particular), whom I did miss quite a bit.

At the same time, I really appreciate that Kellen has to rely on himself to get out of the trouble he gets himself into. You get to see how much he has grown, while it's also c
Jay  The Crippled God
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was desperate after thinking that charmcaster was the last one. So happy and excited waiting for this one !!!!!! Thank u De castel and we support u
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Received from Hot Key Books and Netgalley for honest read and review.

Starts off after events in book 3. Here we find Kellen again in a fix. We are instantly keeping an eye to see what happens next and this book does not disappoint in any way.

Another brilliant book with Kellen and I am so looking forward to book 5.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous! Just when I think the series can’t get any better, it does! Wow! I can’t wait for the next book now.
David Harris
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm grateful to the publisher for a copy of this book via NetGalley.

This is the fourth in de Castell's fantasy series featuring exiled Jan'Tep mage Kellen Argos and his formidable "business partner", squirrel cat Reichis. It follows Spellslinger, Shadowblack and Charmcaster (mild spoilers for which may follow).

As was clear from the end of Charmcaster, Kellen is now alone (apart from Reichis) and when we meet him again at the start of Soulbinder, he is at his wits' end in the desert ("the desert
“Three parts gambler, two parts Argosi, and one part Kellen of the House of Ke”

Okay so, Spellslinger book 4, ‘SoulBinder’. Sebastien does it again and brings out another fantastic adventure in this already great series. I will say flat out, right here and now, that this book is not as great as the first 3. Now when I say that I don’t mean that it is anything less than the 5-star rating I am giving it, it just lacks something that the previous 3 had. Unfortunately, what that is, might be cons
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.00
Blodeuedd Finland
I did like the book, but at the same time, I do not know, I feel that it is starting to drag on, It could well have been a trilogy, but at least 2 more books are coming. I just want to know if there is a cure for the shadowblack! And the next one does sound thrilling, he is gonna kill a queen!

Kellen goes to find some monks that can cure him....and I can not say a lot cos spoilers!

They are light and easy to read. Fun adventures. And I did like that he was on his own, but Recihis was not with him!
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
I can't say enough about this series. It's exciting, with great characters, really palpable drama, and some real sense of urgency throughout, showing how much it pulled me in. I've got very little to say beyond what I already have regarding this book and series - writing incredible, engrossing and entertaining novels seems so casual for de Castell, surely not 'effortless' but it seems very natural and enjoyable. I can't wait for the 5th novel to be out in a couple months, as I had a legitimate m ...more
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Review to come (hopefully .. when I got my feelings back in order)
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I hadn't planned on going back to this series so soon, but a thunder and lightning storm wiped out power to my area as I found myself in between books. I'm not into "smart" phones or tablets, so only had my Kindle to connect to Amazon via a local 3G cell phone network. With the power out, my router went down and my Wi-Fi with it, so no internet via my laptop. Having read the first three books of the series, the link was on my Kindle, so bought book four via the Kindle.

De Castell gets a little bi
Patricia Crowther
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The truths about friendship are both heartfelt and gut wrenching at the same time, especially if contemplated for too long. Castell captures friendship like no other.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
these just keep getting better. fascinating magical systems, emotional complexity & maturity, & more than a little humor. ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Life ought to be more than just losing the things you love one after another until you have nothing left

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4 / 5

I love these books. I've embraced the cheesiness of them, their episodic sort of nature and their charm. The wit of Ferius Parfax, the questions in Kellen's head, and the hilarious viciousness of Rechis. Soulbinder keeps all of that and shakes it up a little, adding something a little more.

"So many lies. Hers. Mine. How were any of us not crushed under the weight of them?"

As per us
Akshaya Sriram
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As usual, Castell does a fantastic job with the fourth installment of the Spellslinger series. In this book, finally, our ever whiney protagonist, grows into a hero in his own right. Fun, entertaining and of course, in Castell's style, preposterously daring.
Five enigmatist stars.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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sam wood
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow 😮 so good 😊.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I swear this is like one of my all time favourite series ever! I think it's just a combination of the plot, characters, humour.
I could read them over and over again.

I seriously read this in one day. I was going to put it down and do something else but everytime I got to the end of the chapter I just needed to continue.

Even if this book is minus Ferius it was still so good. Ferius is mentioned though so that's something, her presence can never be gone.

We see Kellen without all his travelling
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