Shadowblack Review

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Paperback, 352 Pages
YA/ Fantasy
By: Sebastien De Castell
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟

β€œFirst thing you learn travelling the long roads, kid: language is as much in the way you speak as the words you choose.”

Spellslinger β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
The Dowager Magus β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Shadowblack β˜…β˜…β˜…

🌟 After finishing book 1 I decided to give this more time to see if it improves! I felt that book 1 was better and I kind of expected that with the reviews I saw for this one. The book continues where book 1 ended but unfortunately the plot shifts away from the main line toward what I felt was a filler.

🌟 This book focuses on the Argosis and their ways! I felt the point was to develop Kellen as a character because let’s be real, he was never the brightest main character in YA fantasy! I think this was well-established with this book. There were some new characters and I believe nothing was wrong with them!

🌟 The prose is very easy to read and I think that is logical since it is directed toward younger audience! I did not enjoy the banter and humor in this one very much because it started to become predictable, not funny and it got on my nerves!

🌟 The world-building is okay, I am just salty because I know it has a lot of potential to be something epic, just imagine the 6 bands they have for 6 different elements and the possibilities the magic can develop with dual or triple combinations of those, but instead we are stuck with the same 2 or 3 spells and that makes me annoyed!

β€œI’m going to go murder something.’
β€˜It’s called hunting, you know.’
β€˜Not the way I do it.”

🌟 Summary: An okay entry to the series that worked as a filler to develop the characters. The plot and magic system have more potential for sure and I am waiting for that to happen! The reviews for the third book are excellent and since I do not think this one was bad at the end of the day, I am still willing to continue it soon.

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3 Comments

  1. I agree with a lot of your thoughts, it felt filler and suffered from second book syndrome but I am hoping to continue with the series as I’ve heard good things and it is an easy read. Plus some part of me is still intrigued to see where the plot ends up going!! And I love the covers for this series (this is a very shallow reason πŸ˜‚)
    Great review!!

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