Paperback, 352 Pages
By: Sebastien De Castell
“First thing you learn travelling the long roads, kid: language is as much in the way you speak as the words you choose.”
Spellslinger ★★★ 1/2
The Dowager Magus ★★★★
🌟 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!
“I’m going to go murder something.’
‘It’s called hunting, you know.’
‘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.