Review Spellslinger (#1) – Sebastien de Castell

25181955Magic is a con game. 

Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope…

This book has everything going for it. It was kinda refreshing to read a sotry where the main character didn’t have these great (magical) powers – although I read Wizards of Once right after this which deals with the Exact same thing… Kellen is a good main character. The world and the setting are interesting. There are great side characters. The writing is wonderful and there is a healthy dose of humour.

And yet I didn’t feel it. Maybe it is the fact that I listened to this on audio, but the story just didn’t grip me and I ended up not caring about any of it. And I don’t know why…

Sorry this is a bit of a useless review. I can see why so many people enjoyed this book, but for me it just didn’t quite work. I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series.

3 stars

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