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(Spellslinger #5)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The fifth book in the page-turning SPELLSLINGER fantasy series.

Kellen and Reichis have just finished fighting a duel in the desert when Kellen inadvertently smears blood on the Daroman flag - an act of treason for which the Marshals have no choice but to arrest him. Just before he's put before the Queen to be executed, Kellen is given a strange piece of advice from one of
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Hot Key Books
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Sebastien Castell May 2nd, 2019 in the UK and most of the world. A little later in the USA and Canada.

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Will.J.R. Gwynne
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“It really doesn’t matter how many secret fighting arts you learn; they just don’t teach you how to fight squirrel cats in assassin school.”

Queenslayer is the fifth instalment in the Spellslinger series which continues the developed storyline created with the prior four in the series.

Sebastien de Castell has once again delivered a hilarious novel with an array of unique characters and intricate plots. Queenslayer introduced the Daroman Empire, the most dominant military power of the continent th
John Ross
Oct 08, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've always enjoyed this series and still do, for the obvious reasons: Good worldbuilding, interesting characters, good writing style, nice plot and you never know what to expect - also: no one ever says what they actual mean. You need to think in this one. Concerning the characters in this book, it's especially Tasia that came to the forefront for me, and it's a shame she doesn't have a bigger role.
Overall, though, this book just doesn't hold that much appeal as the four previous ones. Queensla
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well. I can’t even respond to all the political goings on in this book! There are so many, and it’s so complication. De Castell does an amazing job of bringing that home to the reader. Nothing is ever clear and I was definitely kept guessing the whole way.

I loved Queen Ginevra, she may be 11 but she is made of steel and awesomeness.

And Kellen continues to be his foolhardy self. I like how much is made of him being a coward here, and how he’s coming to terms with his warring instincts. I’m with
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS SERIES! It seriously brings me so much joy. Kellen is growing so much and it's lovely to see. This book had way more political intrigue than I expected but I was engrossed. I really liked all the court machinations as well as the new characters we were introduced too. Shalla continues to be a pain in the arse for Kellen and Reichis continues to steal the show (as well as the butter biscuits).

5 stars, naturally!
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I feel like Queenslayer gave me the most Greatcoats vibe. Talk about Kellen being faced with the task of trying to figure out how to help this eleven year old monarch in the face of corruption, against some terrifying odds. It has all the makings of a fabulous book about Kellen. But what really pushed it over the top for me in Queenslayer is that Kellen has really figure out how he fee
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A darker turn for the series.

The Spellslinger series has always had a grim underside offset by snarky humor and flashy action scenes. Queenslayer flips the dark underbelly topside. The hopeful optimism seen in previous entries is replaced with world-weary cynicism.

Kellen is meaner now. He's less compelled by heroic influences and increasingly prone to ugly pragmatism. We see precious little of Kellen the Argosi, and quite a bit of Kellen the Spellslinger. It's not a change I particularly cared
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I forgot how much I loved this series and the uncertainty of how things will actually play out but I also forgot how much Kellen whines.
Kim Dyer
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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While I did enjoy this instalment more than I did Soulbinder, I unfortunately felt that it had many of the same issues. Once again, it is a story that focuses on Kellen and Reichis alone as they are still separated from their old group and this time find themselves in the high courts of Darome. The story this time is quite different from those that came before, as Kellen finds himself in a delicate tale of political intrigue. While perhaps not as action-packed as previous instalments, Kellen com ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It makes me sad closing that last page in any of the books in this series. Knowing this is the penultimate one made it harder. Finishing it in one day... even harder, felt I should of savoured it.. dragged out more. I feel like I'm holding Kellens hand and going through everything with him and knowing I only have one book left of his adventures with Reichis actually brings me down a bit... does that make sense?

Anyway another fantastic book in the series. I will never not love these books. It's t
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I just love every book in this series.
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael Breeden
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I enjoy reading this series. Queenslayer was a nice story but it did not move the series forward any. It felt repetitive and slow. I do not know how Mr. de Castell will be able to wrap the story arch up in the Final book.
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant story in this series! Every book in this series ups the game; they just get better and better every time!
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I think my favorite thing about this series was always the character-building. Kellen probably is my favorite character ever: he is a real smart-ass, clever and quick-minded, also one-part clumsy, one-part genius and one-part idiot. But what I always loved about him that he is kind of sensitive and was never really able to restrain his feelings. We could see him complain, we could see him cry, being bratty or even heart-broken. Like a normal teenage boy whose life turned upside down.

Well, that's
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great addition to the series. Lots of fun Reichis moments. I like that Kellen tries to do the right thing but isn't bound by too rigid morals, sometimes you just have to blast holes in a few people.

Nice change of scenery as well with interesting new characters and new rules to try and understand. Some really nice world building, but still a very captivating read with lots of fast action

Kellen is growing up and starting to figure out what kind of person he wants to be, I'm always rooting for him,
Jillee Sexton
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed the beginning but it started to feel a little rushed somewhere in the middle. As always, my favorite parts tended to be the ones where Kellen's sister appeared, mainly because I enjoy their dynamic and Kellen's issues with the Jan'Tep are the ones I anticipate most--due to the fact that it's the key thread running through the entire series. I'm still wondering why he has a new love interest every book and why new characters are introduced and sort of fleshed out only ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I felt that the Kellen in Queenslayer is a setback from the Kellen in Soulbinder.. and the story, in my opinion, is not as solid as the previous volume and left me with some question marks here and there which is somewhat unsatisfying..
But still, i really enjoy the book and finished it in one day. Can't wait for the next one! :) 4 stars
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