Monday 21 May 2018

Shadowblack - Sebastien de Castell

It's a few months since Kellen left his people behind. Now aged sixteen, Kellen is an outlaw, relying on his wits to keep him alive in the land of the Seven Sands. He misses home, he misses family and more than anything, he misses Nephenia, the girl he left behind. 

Then he meets Seneira, a blindfolded girl who isn't blind, and who carries a secret that's all too familiar to Kellen. Kellen and Ferius resolve to help - but the stakes are far higher than they realise. A Shadowblack plague is taking hold - and Kellen can't help but suspect his own people may even be behind it. 

Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 17th 2018 by Hot Key Books (first published October 5th 2017)
Spellslinger #2
Fantasy / YA

My thoughts.
The plague seems to be spreading, or is it?

I do like Kellen, he is a mess. He is not perfect, he is not a great mage, he is, well normal! And he is trying and getting better at what he does. Luckily he has the best sidekick ever to help him. I do adore Reichis, the best squirrelcat in the world. And he does love to talk about eating eyeballs, my cutie.

I am not feeling very reviewer like today. I am listening to an audiobook when I should concentrate...say something, my brain can not focus.

Right! People are hunting Kellen cos he has the shadowblack and must die.
He comes to a town to solve a mystery. 

Ack, I can't write something smart.

I liked the book, though it was not as good as book 1. That one was light and fun. This one was still light, but at the same time a bit more serious.

I look forward to more


  1. Light and fun is good and I loved your review :)

  2. I really like the cover, but I'm not sure if this story would be a good fit for me right now. Hugs...RO

  3. You write lovely reviews even when you have nothing smart to say :). BTW happy b, dear Luci!

  4. too bad it's not as good as book 1 but well it's good!

  5. That's a cool cover - kind of creepy. I'll have to look up book #1.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  6. I have days where writing a review is so difficult. I've got three I need to write, right now.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

  7. I know how you feel. You know you need to write the review, but the words won't materialise and you have no clue what to write.

    1. Writing can sure be hard at times, and those times I wing it

  8. Sometimes I can't think of a thing to write. Sounds interesting.

  9. Glad book 2 worked for you!

  10. Glad you enjoy this one and that you're looking to read more. It's great when a series is able to do that. :)

  11. Despite second book syndrome you do have me curious :)

  12. OMG I'm so excited this series finally has an official release date with a US publisher and that I have an ARC of the first book. Can't wait to start it!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  13. Sometimes it's hard to be a reviewer :) Sorry this one wasn't as good as the first book.

  14. I remember when you reviewed the first book, I put it on my TBR. Sounds like you were distracted. I so get that.

  15. Ha! Sometimes the brain doesn't cooperate.

    I adore De Castell's Greatcoats series. LOVE it. So I've been meaning to pick up this series as well. Glad to see it has some of the same lighthearted humor.

    1. Greatcoats is aweeeeesome! Kind of the same tone, and yet not



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