[Reading] ➹ Shadowblack By Sebastien de Castell – Transportjobsite.co.uk


10 thoughts on “Shadowblack

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    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 Or how about solving the riddle of a plague of shadowblacks overwhelming a far off city This one is mostly about living off the land and surviving in it, enjoying the characters so expertly developed in the first book, and learning a bit or a lot about oneself in the process.The exile is coming into his own Evil or not evil We shall see Totally looking forward to the new audiobook this month for book 3


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    Translation widget on The blog Un volum 2 alert, cu multe r sturn ri de situa ie, plin de pericole tiute i ne tiute, cu mult mai complex dec t primul volum al seriei Mi a pl cut Kellen si n acest volum am apreciat ca i recunoa te limitele, temerile si totu i, are curaj Reichis, celebra pisica veveri a este in continuare feble ea mea Recenzia mea complet o g si i aici


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    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 now an outcast from the hide spoiler


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    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 funny bits about the same.So you could prefer either Spellslinger or Shadowblack, depending on your tastes We left Kellen running from his childhood home with a price on his head, taken in by the continuing to be a badass Ferius and accompanied by his squirrel cat companion Reichis Just like Spellslinger, the novel opens with a fight and a beating Poor kid , and Ferius showing Kellen how its done Here begins the change I know you re scared, kid, and you ve got good reason to be You want to do the right thing, but your fear makes you look for ways to protect yourself. Think of Shadowblack like many superhero sequel films Remember Spiderman 2 Or Iron Man 2 Or even Captain America Winter Soldier Shadowblack is all about the classic crisis of confidence, not knowing what to do or where you belong, feeling like you re all alone in a big and scary world Kellen is a hunted, hated exile, and Ferius is not teaching him what he wants to learn He s beginning to harbour some resentment, feeling useless and honestly, getting a bit fed up with getting beaten all the time You can see where he s coming from, as Kellen was just as relatable in Spellslinger, and again, this is a strong element of the novel The story, too, is darker Spellslinger had its moments of animal cruelty and sinister plots, but Shadowblack is easily the Evil Trophy Winner Our characters get hurt harder and easily, their friends don t always make it, and winning is not a sure thing The twists remain, with a couple of fun double bluffs to enjoy, and some really tense scenes Again, I m not really going to expand on the plot very much its much fun to go in blind Let us make no maps of lands yet unseen. There are some fun new characters to enjoy, including a mysteriously blindfolded girl and her companion another Argosi like Ferius I loved the interactions between the 2 Argosi, which helped expand Ferius character a little There was also an added element of romance in this instalment, which I didn t entirely hate There was less emphasis on the magical aspects overall, which I didn t mind since there was so much emphasis on dark, murdery plot lines which I am always going to enjoy Overall, it was a great sequel, with a bit of a tone shift that didn t take away from the enjoyability of the series.


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    As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek 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, easily able to pick up and follow the story in Shadowblack without any prior knowledge so it s all good Granted, I only got to know the bare bones of the previous book but it was enough, you learn as you progress through the book and quite frankly, it didn t detract from my overall enjoyment of Shadowblack at all Kellen of the House of Ke is a sixteen year old outcast, an outlaw spellslinger from Jan Tep on the run who also happens to have the shadowblack the shadowblack is a dangerous magical plague that is easily recognisable by the swirling black design around the left eye That will in time cause the inflicted to descend into madness.What s a spellslinger you might ask Well, let me tell you A spellslinger is a derogatory term used by the people of Jan Tep and means that Kellen doesn t have much magic the six different forms of magic are Iron, ember, breath, blood, sand and silk Kellen, due to having the shadowblack has been permanently counter banded which means he is unable to ever use five out of the six forms of magic The only one available to him is breath and he only knows a couple of different variations of one singular spell and has to resort to his own wits, guile and a variety of other tricks to supplement his meagre magical ability and to help stay alive.His two companions are Reichis, a two foot tall nekhek squirrel cat think Rocket from Guardians of the Galaxy only far murderous with an even worse attitude and his favourite food just so happens to be that delicious delicacy human eyeballs, nom nom nom Actually, with Reichis bad attitude and my love for the classic 1980 s show The A Team I think he should be referred to as Bosco B A Bareichis And, Ferius Parfax, a red headed Argosi card wielding think of a female version of Gambit from the X Men wanderer and gambler.After the initial action packed opening featuring Kellen, Reichis and Ferius the addition of Seneira who is accompanied by Rosie another Argosi really opens up the story which is a great story in Shadowblack and is the catalyst that allows the plot to start unravelling and the mystery and adventure to really begin.I liked Seneira as a character and I enjoyed learning about the wanderers that are the Argosi too The addition of Rosie by de Castell worked well and she was a good counterpoint to Ferius helping show the differences between the various paths that the Argosi choose and then spend their life following.Kellen, as the main character and narrator can at times be quite naive, doesn t really know his place, who he wants to be or even where he fits in but during Shadowblack he goes through some self discovery, coming to learn about himself and by the ending, he has matured and has a far greater understanding of who he is.The story in Shadowblack is definitely Kellen s But for me whilst I liked Ferius as both a character and a companion for Kellen the star of the book is definitely Reichis who is an outstanding character, shining everytime he s on the page The banter between him and Kellen is topnotch and I also found Reichis to be the perfect comic relief as at times Shadowblack can be quite dark in tone Whenever Reichis goes hunting he doesn t refer to it as hunting oh no Reichis goes murdering and really, that tells you all you need to know about him He s just a fantastic creation who thinks he s the mack daddy of everything The setting for Shadowblack is the Seven Sands, an outback, frontier type region that gives of a western vibe to it and it s pretty cool.While the big bad behind the overall scheme in Shadowblack remain largely unknown until the end There s a decent bad guy to act as the foil against Kellen, Reichis and Ferius throughout the course of the book who uses sinister and menacing means to enact their plan.Castell is a superb writer who knows how to tell a story Shadowblack is easy to read, decently paced, gives you twists and turns aplenty in the story to keep you engaged and characters that you care about too The back of the book states sorcery is a scam but Shadowblack dear readers is the real deal As a writer, de Castell is also a dab hand at incorporating both the deeper moments of emotion and the lighter moments of humour into his books and you will often find yourself smiling throughout the course of Shadowblack.I stay away from the YA genre, I m not discriminating, it s just not for me I like my fantasy to be far on the grittier, bloodier, grimmer and darker side with flawed amoral protagonists rather than the standard light v dark and good guys v bad guys Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed Shadowblack and feel that it transcends its YA fantasy label to something that fans of both YA and adult fantasy will enjoy as there s truly a lot to like in de Castell s creation.I found Shadowblack to be a fantastic fantasy western hybrid and a rousing adventure I am definitely looking forward to continuing the story in the next book.Oh, read and buy de Castell s The Greatcoats series too It s finished, exceptional and I highly recommend it


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    4.5 of 5 stars 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 the world building In this book, Kellen and his companions Ferius the Argosi woman and Reichis the squirrel cat are trekking through the wild and lawless borderland a far cry from the structured and civilized Jan Tep city in which our protagonist grew up Unable to use magic without bringing any unwanted attention to themselves, Kellen finds himself way out of his element However, despite their precautions, trouble winds up catching up to our trio when they are ambushed by bounty hunters who nearly get the best of them Battered and weakened, Kellen has no choice but to trust a pair of strangers who come to their aid, one of whom is an Argosi who seems to be acquainted with Ferius.But it is the other traveler, Seneira, who astonishes Kellen the most Like him, she is afflicted by the shadowblack, a deadly magical ailment which causes terrible headaches, disturbing visions, and swirling black markings to appear on the skin around the eyes What Kellen can t figure out is how All his life, he has been taught that the shadowblack only affects magic users, but Seneira is no mage and has no magical ability to speak of Drawn to the mystery, Kellen and Ferius agree to travel with Seneira and her Argosi mentor who reluctantly goes by Rosie to her home city, where to their dismay, they find that the plague is even widespread than they had feared.Shadowblack was everything I loved about Spellslinger, with a bit of added adventure The characters are back and they re as captivating as ever, especially Kellen, who finds himself way out of his depth in this new environment His sheltered days are over, and he s learning to get by without relying solely on magic not that he was a very good mage to begin with , hoping that Ferius will teach him other ways to survive But thus far, the Argosi woman is keeping her tricks close to the vest, and meeting Rosie has revealed just how secretive Ferius is by comparison She s an enigma, and something tells me her plans for Kellen go beyond simply wanting to help him find his way Happily, there s also Reichis, there to cut through all the bullshit With him, what you see is what you get a bad tempered little squirrel cat with an obsession with clawing out people s eyeballs Since the expectation is that Kellen will be growing and changing a lot over the course of this series, it s nice and even a bit comforting to know that there are certainties you can always rely upon, such as Reichis propensity to say and do outrageously hilarious things.For the most part though, this series is evolving The ending of this book establishes a pattern which has been confirmed by the author, who has stated that each volume will take Kellen to new places where he will encounter new forms of magic and intrigue This structure reminds me very much of a TV series where each episode might be self contained, but together they make up an overall story arc that tells the journey of the main character The downside, of course, is the sad implication that we won t be returning to past places In fact, Shadowblack ends on a strong sense of goodbye to this part of the world, as Kellen and his companions look ahead to their next destination That said, it s hard to see this as a true negative, especially now that I know what to expect While I ll keep my fingers crossed that we ll meet some of these side characters again, at the same time I can t really say I m all that torn up about moving on to another chapter of Kellen s adventure I had a great time with this novel, and now I m just even excited for the future of this series.Knowing Sebastien de Castell, he ll have another incredible sequel in store for us So far, I have been very impressed with his YA series he seems to be able to excel at any kind of story he wants to tell Every time I pick up one of his books, I know I can expect his great sense of humor, fast paced plotting, attention grabbing characters, and nonstop fun If you enjoyed Spellslinger, you will absolutely want to pick up Shadowblack.


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    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 who are just like him, only their markings bring with them terrible visions and it is spreading Fast.I was immediately invested in this story and fell straight back in with the antics of Kellan and his motley crew of outcasts Despite the scheming and intrigue which dogs the narrative, this maintained the fun and fast paced vibes I so loved in the first book Wit and sarcasm abound, which wasn t always to my taste but certainly made for light hearted and jovial reading and helped to fuel the authenticity of the characters and their growing bond.The new characters easily fit into this dynamic and I appreciated the widening cast if not the romance that accompanied them and learning about this fascinating kingdom they were set in I wish this was infused with a little of the latter but with much of the series to come I m sure the world will continue to expand as Kellan continues to explore it.


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    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


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    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 large part of the suspense is the mystery here, so there are fewer fight scenes than I am used to in a de Castell book, but the ones that are there are golden You get this feeling when you read them, the author just has so much fun writing his stories, you can t help but smile when reading his books.I loved the western feel of this It s pronounced in Shadowblack than in Spellslinger They meet wanderers on the road, trade what little the have for what little they can get The battles are sort of quick draw, quick action which give the feeling of a frontier showdown.The characters continue to delight, full of flaws and quirks We meet a few new ones, that didn t particularly stand out as anything especially great, but there are enough eyeball eating, thieving threats from Reichis to keep you entertained.I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Spellslinger, and I can t wait for Charmcaster.


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Shadowblack summary pdf Shadowblack, summary chapter 2 Shadowblack, sparknotes Shadowblack, Shadowblack 1cfbdf2 The Second Book In The Rich, Compelling And Laugh Out Loud Spellslinger Series For All Teen, YA, Adult And Fantasy Readers Perfect For Fans Of The Dark Tower, Firefly, The Hunger Games And Guardians Of The GalaxyIt S A Few Months Since Kellen Left His People Behind Now Sixteen, Kellen And Reichis Have Developed Something Of A Reputation For Being Able To Kill Unruly Mages So It S No Surprise When A Wealthy But Desperate Father Asks For Their Help In Hunting Down The Men Who Ve Blackmailed Him By Putting A Deadly Curse On His Only Daughter But When Kellen Realizes The Girl Is Showing All The Symptoms Of The Shadowblack, He Starts To Wonder If Those Same Mages Might Be Able To Cure His Own Disease For The Right Price

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Shadowblack
  • Sebastien de Castell
  • English
  • 01 May 2017