Rating: 4.5 STARS
Standalone/Series: Spellslinger #3
How I got this book: ARC from Bonnier Zaffre via NetGalley
'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 that Kellen is courting disaster . . .
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.
Charmcaster launches with a fantastic action scene that fully immersed me in the story from the moment I started reading. I loved the visuals at the start of this book. The whole 'storm' scene really blew me away (no pun intended).
My number 1 bad-boy Reichis is back in all his furry glory in this book. I love him so much!!
Reichis broke my heart in this book - I almost cried twice and one of those reasons was because of this feisty little devil and then I laughed out loud during a scene where he's practically high.
"You have pretty eyes.' he said, staring up at her.
'What did he say?' she asked me. When I translated, she gave him a smile. 'Well now, aren't you the sweetest little-'
'I'd really like to eat them.' The squirrel cat's head swivelled towards me. 'Can I eat her eyes, Kellen? I'll give them back later, I promise."
I adore Kellen and Reichis's relationship. It's so beautiful and gets stronger in each book. It may be weird that the relationship I love the most is between a boy and a squirrel cat, but I don't care! They're perfect together, and I need a stern word with the author as to why Reichis suffers so much in every single instalment!
"You stink,' the squirrel cat said. 'You too,' I replied. That, in a nutshell, is our relationship."
Kellen is also at his best in this book. We finally see how much he's learned from Ferius, Reichis and everything else he's had to face and overcome. He really steps up his game in this book and shows us just how much potential he has.
I also love that we find out more about Ferius's past in this book. I desperately wanted this at the end of the last book and it was perfect how it came together during this leg of the journey.
We see the return of a few characters from book 1, one in particular that I wasn't too pleased about, but we'll see where that goes.
There's so much more emotion in this book than there is in the previous two instalments. The bond between Kellen and Ferius, and Kellen and Reichis is much more prominent in this book and it's beautiful to see, especially after travelling with the trio over these three books.
Also, does anyone else ship Ferius and Kellen or is that just me? I have no idea what the age difference is but I love them together.
"I stopped for a second, holding on to that laugh. It contained everything I loved about Ferius Parfax, and everything about her that made me crazy."
How can you not ship this??
I also felt like this book had much more humour, which really helped lift the pace compared to the others.
There's so much more in Charmcaster than we see in the other books, a lot more is explained, there are better characters, and some of the mysteries that have been building are finally revealed. There are some really great scenes in this book, both action scenes and more heart-felt scenes that really make Charmcaster stand out for me as the best book of the series so far.
Kellen picks up a few new tricks in this book and after the ending that just messed me up, I'm really wondering where this story is going to take us next. Roll on book 4!!
You can read my review for book number 2 in the series, Shadowblack here.
Note: I read this book as part of the Dewey's Readathon - April 2018!
I'm taking part in my first ever 24-hour readathon!
I've stocked up on snacks, I have a stack of books to choose from and a night all to myself!
I won't have time to read for the full 24 hours (I do have a daughter who requires at least some attention, and a partner who requires a good deal more, as well as that pesky commitment also known as my full time job), but it's the taking part that counts as the readathon community tries to read 1 million pages together in just 24 hours!!
The good news is that there's still time to sign up, get involved by reading a book or two, or less or more is fine too, take part in the mini-challenges and best of all, connect with your fellow readers!
You can sign up to the readathon here and use #readathon on Twitter to get involved!
Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @myendlessshelf if you're taking part and what you're reading!
Happy reading :)
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