Charmcaster (Spellslinger #3) by Sebastien de Castell

Charmcaster (Spellslinger #3)

The third book in the page-turning Spellslinger fantasy series. 'I was getting almost as good at running away from enemies as I was at making them in the first place. Turns out, I wasn't running nearly fast enough.'Kellen has begun to master his spellslinging and the Argosi tricks for staying alive, and he and Reichis have found a career that suits them both: taking down mercenary mages who make people's lives miserable. But Ferius is concerned t...

Details Charmcaster (Spellslinger #3)

TitleCharmcaster (Spellslinger #3)
Release DateMay 17th, 2018
PublisherHot Key Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Charmcaster (Spellslinger #3)

  • 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.Starting six months after the ending of the previous book, Shadowblack (which you really need to have read). Charmcaster finds Kellen, Reichis and Ferius traversing a desert on their way to Gitabria. However, as is often the case for Kellen and crew things aren’t going according to pl...
  • Dreximgirl
    I honestly cannot express how much I adore this series. The characters are so engaging and brilliant, the story is complex but so well written and I swear Reichis just gets more and more badass with every book. This book had me running the gauntlet of all emotions from laughing out loud to sobbing like a baby. We learn more about Ferius and Kellen grows so much - my heart is actually broken for him. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next one. ...
  • Rebecka
    Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell is the third book in his Spellslinger series of young adult fantasy novels. As such, this review will likely contain spoilers for the previous two books, Spellslinger, and Shadowblack. As with these, Charmcaster follows Kellen, a Jan’Tep spellslinger, cast out by his people, with a price on his head. It is narrated in first person, entirely from his perspective. As such, we get to learn how he sees the world,...
  • Kimberley
    I LOVED this book!!!! I have been really enjoying this series and it just keeps getting better! I was crying at at least 3 different parts of the story. Just BAM Out of nowhere I had all the feels! Honestly just great! I can't wait for the next one!
  • Colin Hardy
    The author's writing does not stumble; from the opening to its conclusion, this is a rollickingly good read. At the end of each book, the reader is left wanting more. There are twists and turns galore; the only one that was obvious was the identity of the red mage, but I can live with one slip. The writing style remains very tight with a highly structured plot that migrates seamlessly from one event to the next. The strong characterization is at ...
  • Leonie Byrne
    Thank you to Netgalley, Sebastien De Castell and Bonnie Zaffre for my arc of Charmcaster. Publication Date: 17th May 2018 Oh how happy I am to be back in the world of Kellen, Ferius and Reichis! I stumbled upon this series last year when the first book Spellslinger was on offer in Asda. I've been hooked ever since. I'm so glad Charmcaster ended the way it does as it guarantees there will be another book in this series and I can't wait! Plus the c...
  • Kayleigh Brindley
    Whilst I enjoyed the first two books in this series, Charmcaster was brilliant and, in my opinion, the best book in the series so far. I absolutely loved it. It completely tackled the slight issue that I had with the previous two books in that the pacing at the beginning of those felt a little slow. I did not have the same problem here, the pacing was fantastic throughout. This book launches with a fantastic action scene that fully immersed me in...
  • David Harris
    This is the third in de Castell's Spellslinger series, following the adventures of runaway mage Kellen. If you haven't read the earlier books yet you definitely should - read on to see why! (I've tried to avoid spoilers here for the earlier books).Kellen is a credible and engaging protagonist. He's had to flee his home and leave his family (albeit after they treated him appallingly). He is struggling with what he believes to be a full blown curse...
  • Marjorie
    I was completely captivated by this, the third installment in the Spellslinger series. Kellen is as whiny as ever but Reichis has stepped up his rhetoric and Ferius is becoming ever more belligerent. The humour in this book is much tighter and the sense of genuine peril has been ratcheted up so you really do not want to put it down. I always felt there was something undefinable missing in the previous books but this one certainly doesn't leave yo...
  • Louise
    By book murmurationSpellslinger is my favourite fantasy series. Kellen, Ferius, and Rechis are back for their third adventure. This time they meet an old friend, visit a city of innovation and go on the hunt of a mechanical bird which might change the fate of the world. Charmcaster was an unputdownable as books one and two. I was pleased to see Neph return. In book one she was a side-character with little agency, but in Charmcaster she has a voic...
  • bookslovereaders Steph
    The third instalment from the Spellslinger series and it is as good as the first two. We have Kellan the Spellslinger continuing on his journey along with his sarcastic side kick Reichis the Squirrel Cat who lets ne honest is a thief and wants to eat everyone's eyeballs. He brings humour to the book when needed. From start to finish this book is full of action and choices that Kellan has to make, be these ones about loyalty, honour and family and...
  • Kim Tough
    From the opening foray with the Berabesque through to the intrigue of the Gitabrians, Kellen and company keep the reader on their toes as they get in and out of trouble. This is my favourite installment of the Spellslinger series. Great to meet new faces and see a return of old favouites, and of course Reichis continues to steal the show , or anything else not nailed down.
  • Rosina
    God, I just really love these books.And Reichis. And Ferius. And Kellen.With each of these books I think it can't get much better but damn, Charmcaster was good. I might not have read it in a day but that's more a testament to how easily distracted I am then how good the book is.Can't wait for the next one!
  • Candice
    5 stars don’t even do this justice. I love this series by far all time my favourite. I can’t do anything but blubber and gush over this one! I love the characters and this book left me hurting and smiling and desperate for more!! Genius!!
  • Erik Thor
    It took me five months of wait and 2 days to finish the book after it came out. I love this story and the people in it. I loved finding out what an Argosi is and thinking about the philosophy and intelligent storytelling. A truly unique and easy to read fantasy series.
  • Kim Dyer
    While I still did not enjoy this book quite as much as I did Spellslinger, I am happy to say that it was a much stronger novel than Shadowblack. The plot is action packed and flows nicely, gradually building up the mystery surrounding the nature of the mechanical bird. The plot felt a lot less rigid than that of Shadowblack, containing a few interesting twists and turns that I did not see coming.I also very much enjoyed the setting. Gitabria is v...
  • Timea
    Yes! I loved it!In this book, Kellen and Ferius explore the country of Gitabria, trying to finish their quest that started at the end of the last book and being inevitably strung into yet another series of events involving Jan'tep mages and conspiracies and danger.What struck me the most is the developing relationship between all of the characters, and their personal growth. My love for Reichis (that I was very doubtful of at the beginning) is gr...
  • Charlotte
    I thoroughly enjoyed Charmcaster and I’m thrilled to say that I’m happily able to give it a five star rating. I loved each and every minute of this book. I’m not sure what increased my enjoyment exactly, possibly the way that the characters have ‘wormed’ (not a great choice of word, considering the story, admittedly) their way into my heart, but it could be something else. Regardless of reasons I loved this book though and, so far, it...
  • Laura Newsholme
    The Spellslinger series has been a really fun set so far and this third instalment follows the trend very nicely. It tells the continuing story of Kellen as he travels around with his squirrel cat business partner, Reichis and his Argosi mentor, Ferrius. The narrative is well paced, which for me has been a staple of the series and the plot is straightforward without being too simplistic or rote. There are some fantastic new additions to the magic...
  • Martin
    Thank you Bonnier Zaffre for my advance reaview copy!Publication date: 17 May 2018Reading Charmcaster feels like a rollercoaster ride: the suspense is nearly killing you, there are twists and turns upon twists and turns and once you get off, you are graving more! Each book of the series completes the reader's deck of cards. In Charmcaster we get a look at the essence that is at the heart of Gitabria's people - a nation of explorers and contraptio...
  • Nikki
    I received this book from the publisher, via Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review. Oh I just love this series. I loved getting back to this world and finding out more! I especially liked the Charmcaster and getting to see more of that person (ha no spoilers, just confusion!). And seeing some more Argosi and more of the politics of the universe. The plot was again tightly written and letting you have just enough to try and guess some of wh...
  • Lily
    I could easily read a million of books in this series without tiring of them. There's always something more to explore, something new that Kellen and the others have to face and more secrets to reveal. I love all the characters and how various people pop up on Kellen's path who he's met or knew before. This book brings back a few names we thought we'd never see again in completely unexpected ways. The future however seems to be heating up for Kel...
  • Emma
    linger books are fast becoming one of my favourite fantasy series. Outcasts Kellen, Reichis and Ferius return in the third novel with some surprising characters from previous books making a reappearance which I loved, as (without giving too much away) I felt that their stories need to continue past the book they originally appeared in. As with the previous two books the story starts with action right from the off. The pace is fast and the writing...
  • Deama
    Spoilers ahead. I'm loving this series and can't wait for the next! There's a lot of things that happen in this one as Kellen, Ferius and Reichis journey to Gitabria this time. There's more discordances, new faces as well as old ones too, more humour, rage at certain characters, etc. Nothing fails to grab me and I'm looking forward for the next one. Here come the spoilers:So we see Nephenia again, very different from the mouse like girl in the fi...
  • Rebecca Veight
    Kellen's mission now is to destroy the mystical parasites passing off as Shadowblack, which enrages the mages who use them to control their victims.The book starts with a sense of urgency, and the push and pull between our trio is more prominent. But so it their camaraderie, even if they won't admit it. We see/learn more about the places of this world and its people.Always witty with the narrative, Castell has graced us with enduring in their lik...
  • Yuli Atta - Damaged Pages
    I can say that everyone book in this series gets better and better. My favourite thing about it are the characters because every time I read about them something just makes them so believable and even though I didn't like Nephenia at first, she slowly grew on me 😂I really hate Shalla 😂 She is terrible and very stupid and close-minded.Reichis and Ferius are my favorites 😁😁😁Yes, this is my way of writing a proper review , there would...
  • Laura Holroyd
    I really enjoyed reading this book and this series is really developing nicely. I didn’t quite like it as much as De Castell’s Greatcoat series, but the writing style, characters and plot are similar enough (whilst being entirely different) for me to really enjoy this. I can’t wait to read the next one!I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.
  • Anniek
    The first installment is still the best one, but this one was certainly entertaining. I really love the writing style and the humor, but I felt like the plot was all over the place in this one, and that made it confusing to read at times.
  • Quiddity
    I'm still enjoying this series because it's got a great setting, the characters are interesting and I love the main character uses his head more than his power to resolve situations. He also knows how to value people who can teach him things, no matter what form or gender they hold.
  • Saucey
    Another crackerBought the book yesterday and finished it today..... What can I say but it ment less than 4 hours sleep.