Book 3 of the Spellslinger Series has arrived and it is just beautiful to look at. This is book 3 of a
planned 6 book series. The covers of all three hardcover books in the series are fantastic! I know I keep saying it but there are times when I pick a book solely based on the cover. This would easily be one of those times. I do not think I could walk past this in a UK bookstore and have it not catch my eye.
Each book has brought the reader to a new land and I must say I am a huge fan of Gitabria. The
city is depicted in a way that you could easily place yourself on any of their 8 bridges taking part in
whatever each bridge has to offer. Let me tell you right now, each bridge is very different from the
other! I would welcome a trip to the Bridge of Dice in a heartbeat. My wallet might just be a bit lighter
by the time I left this bridge but I can see the appeal. The author has a way of describing each location
so it is extremely easy to picture you are right there along with our main character.
In Charmcaster, Reichis stole the show for me. For those who do not know, Reichis is a thieving
squirrel cat that only Kellen can understand. Kellen and Reichis are “business partners” but their
relationship has evolved as they continue on this journey from one city/town/traveler’s saloon to
another. I would compare Reichis to Mr. Kindly from the Nevernight series. Mr. Kindly does not
threaten to eat humans’ eyeballs or rip off their ears but to me the characters feel like they could be
brothers. Reichis’ lines do contain more than just threats to eat eyes. Each part involving Reichis and
his commentary are pure genius! At the end of the book, I was more adamant about my longing for a
squirrel cat business partner just like Reichis. My rabbit and dog might get a little jealous but Reichis
would be worth it.
Now traveling to new lands means you meet some interesting characters you have not been
privy to yet. There is no way I am going to ruin who you meet in Charmcaster but let me tell you there
are quite a few appearances that shock the reader. There was one character hidden behind a mask that I was able to guess the identities of all other new characters were mostly shocking. You never know who is going to show up at certain times in this series.
Kellen has evolved since book 1, Spellslinger, and it has been a joy to watch the character grow
as he tries to find his place in the world. Walking around with a magical warrant hanging over your head is hard to imagine. You have to constantly be ready to fight for your life every second of every day.
Kellen has had to make one tough decision after another. It has truly been a joy watching him continue to grow. This book was full of surprises. Each reveal seemed bigger than the next. The fast-paced action never seems to stop. It almost felt like each chapter contained extremely difficult, life changing decisions that needed to be made. Ferrius continues to be a guiding light for Kellen. Watching their relationship grow to be more than just teacher/student/friend has been a pleasure as well.
Charmcaster came out back in May of 2018 and the paperback is due out later this year. I have
only found these in UK bookstores. However, they have all been more than worth the shipping price to get them to the states. If you like magic and foul-mouthed, sarcastic animals then this series is definitely for you! I would easily recommend picking up this series now before it gets any further in. A series projection I saw showed there will be a new book in the series every 6 months so we are not far off from book 4, Soulbinder! With titles like Spellslinger, Shadowblack, Charmcaster and now Soulbinder, how could you not know they are going to be great before you even start reading? Add this series to your TBR list and you will not be disappointed.
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