Its book review time! And this week I have finally continued with a series that I started last year and fell in love with. Yep, I have finally read the second book in the Spellslinger series by Sebastien De Castell. So without further ado, here is my review for Shadowblack!
My god I love this series! More people need to read it! I was really worried going into this book that I wouldn’t love it as much as I did the first book. Spellslinger was just so epic-ly brilliant that I knew the sequel would not live up to it, but my god it came close.
This book felt darker then the first one. A lot darker at times. And I really like that with books. I love when the story develops it becomes more complex and darker. It just really keeps my attention. And Shadowblack was a lot darker. I mean, the first book had several mildly fucked up moments, but this book took it from mildly fucked up to majorly fucked up. which was, frankly, brilliant to read. I loved the fact that as the storyline in this book weaved and changed it drew me in more and more. made me really itch to find out what is going on.
What I really loved was the direction that this story took. I wasn’t sure how De Castell was going to move the story on and what route he was going to take with it, but I love the way he chose. You are really beginning to see how complex the story is. How many twists and turns there are in it and how it is all weaving together. I am so interested to see where it is going to go next. The ending of this book revealed so much and highlighted the fact that we know so little of the bigger picture right now. We just don’t know what is really going on. we are only just starting to see glimpse of the truth.
I will also say that I really liked that we got to see more of the world in this book. The first book was set purely in one place, with one very specific set of people. But this book started to show us how big the world really is. You got to see new places, experience new things, meet new people. And I love the way that De Castell has created all these different cultures within the world. This doesn’t always happen in books, but I am so glad that it did.
But the thing that I loved most about this book, is the thing that I loved most about the first one. The characters. I just love them. you cannot help but feel connected to Kellen. He is somehow really normal even though he is in such a strange, un-normal situation. He is still just this awkward, self-conscious, kind of stupid, teenager, who is still trying to figure out who he is. I also love how his relationship with Ferius is developing. She is really becoming a sort of parent figure to Kellen. I also just straight up love Reichis. He is fucking incredible.
Overall I really did enjoy this book. It was dramatic and exciting but also funny and heart-warming and devastating. It had it all and I cannot wait for the third book to come out.
4.5 out of 5
And there we have it. this is seriously such an underrated series that more people need to read. have you read these books yet? Do you love them as much as I do? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.