Queenslayer

Queenslayer

The fifth book in the page-turning SPELLSLINGER fantasy series. Kellen and Reichis have just finished fighting a duel in the desert when Kellen inadvertently smears blood on the Daroman flag - an act of treason for which the Marshals have no choice but to arrest him. Just before he's put before the Queen to be executed, Kellen is given a strange piece of advice from one of...

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Title:Queenslayer
Author:Sebastien de Castell
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Queenslayer Reviews

  • USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

    I feel like Queenslayer gave me the most Greatcoats vibe. Talk about Kellen being faced with the task of trying to figure out how to help this eleven year old monarch in the face of corruption, against some terrifying odds. It has all the makings of a fabulous book about Kellen. But what really pushed it over the top for me in Queenslayer is that Kellen has really figure out how he fee

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

    I feel like Queenslayer gave me the most Greatcoats vibe. Talk about Kellen being faced with the task of trying to figure out how to help this eleven year old monarch in the face of corruption, against some terrifying odds. It has all the makings of a fabulous book about Kellen. But what really pushed it over the top for me in Queenslayer is that Kellen has really figure out how he feels about his shadow black.

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  • Dreximgirl

    I LOVE THIS SERIES! It seriously brings me so much joy. Kellen is growing so much and it's lovely to see. This book had way more political intrigue than I expected but I was engrossed. I really liked all the court machinations as well as the new characters we were introduced too. Shalla continues to be a pain in the arse for Kellen and Reichis continues to steal the show (as well as the butter biscuits).

    5 stars, naturally!

  • Will.J.R. Gwynne

    Queenslayer is the fifth instalment in the Spellslinger series which continues the developed storyline created with the prior four in the series.

    has once again delivered a hilarious novel with an array of unique characters and intricate plots. Queenslayer introduced the Daroman Empire, the most dominant military power of the continent th

    Queenslayer is the fifth instalment in the Spellslinger series which continues the developed storyline created with the prior four in the series.

    has once again delivered a hilarious novel with an array of unique characters and intricate plots. Queenslayer introduced the Daroman Empire, the most dominant military power of the continent that is convoluted with numerous traditions and political intrigues that had a degree of description which immersed me into the read.

    It was great to be back in this world once again reading the brilliant partnership of the two main characters of the novel with their excellent contrasting personalities which sometimes blend into each other.

    It is very hard to say much on this instalment as it may contain spoilers of the first four in the Spellslinger series, so I will just say that this addition to the series is as great as its predecessors, adopting each fantastic aspect and developing it further, while expanding the plot I have become so invested in.

    I now face the painful wait until the next is published and shall be patient with baited breath…

    I highly recommend to all :)

  • Diana

    Vid review will be available here

    on July, 31st, 2019

  • Shree143

    Read this series, it's good.

  • Bradley

    By this point, I CANNOT put this series down. It has the light adventure feel with all the darker currents of modern fantasy while being a YA with a lovable trickster with a nasty penchant for destroying everything he grows to love.

    *Sigh*

    But you know what? It' impossible not to love it. It's like a YA version of Brust's Vlad series with the hardcore coolness of applied magic a-la Sanderson's Law. (Magic must make sense, have rules, be awesome.) :)

    Most of all, however, what drives this is the cha

    By this point, I CANNOT put this series down. It has the light adventure feel with all the darker currents of modern fantasy while being a YA with a lovable trickster with a nasty penchant for destroying everything he grows to love.

    *Sigh*

    But you know what? It' impossible not to love it. It's like a YA version of Brust's Vlad series with the hardcore coolness of applied magic a-la Sanderson's Law. (Magic must make sense, have rules, be awesome.) :)

    Most of all, however, what drives this is the charm. :) Being an outlaw is cool and all, but politics is politics and the machinations of nations can be a very, very dirty business. It's a shame that he has to follow his heart. ; ;

    This one was somewhat rough. Not like we couldn't figure that out by the title, of course. But my heart breaks. For several reasons. ; ;

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    In this penultimate installment of the Spellslinger series, our hapless protagonist Kellen Argos has once again traveled to a new place and embroiled himself in yet another sticky political situation in which he really can’t afford to make a single mistake. Fortunately, by his side is Reichis, his trusty sidekick (sorry, business partner) who is a cantankerous squirrel cat with the heart of a lion and the mouth of a sailor

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

    In this penultimate installment of the Spellslinger series, our hapless protagonist Kellen Argos has once again traveled to a new place and embroiled himself in yet another sticky political situation in which he really can’t afford to make a single mistake. Fortunately, by his side is Reichis, his trusty sidekick (sorry, business partner) who is a cantankerous squirrel cat with the heart of a lion and the mouth of a sailor. Like all the previous volumes, this one also features a very memorable and vibrant supporting cast as characters new and old make an appearance, while certain absences can also be felt strongly.

    In Queenslayer, Kellen has traveled to Darome, a nation with some peculiar customs and beliefs. After accidentally smearing blood on a Daroman flag, our protagonist finds himself hauled in front of the royal court to face justice for his crime. Presiding over his trial is Queen , an 11-year-old girl wise beyond her years. Devising a challenge in the form of a card game, she manages to get the court to spare Kellen and place him under her protection.

    But pretty soon, Kellen realizes that being in the queen’s service is not all it’s cracked up to be. Most of the others mistrust him, fearful of his Shadowblack. And some also want to use him to their advantage, putting Kellen in a delicate spot. As a greater conspiracy is revealed to him, Kellen is finding it more and more difficult to keep his head above water, painfully aware that the queen probably trusts and relies on him more than she should.

    Five books in, it is fascinating for me to watch the evolution of this series. In my review of the previous book, Soulbinder, I noted how I thought we had reached a turning point, where Kellen’s journey may have started taking steps towards a darker and more mature direction. Queenslayer has certainly not swayed me from that impression. While this book still has plenty of action and humor, I definitely feel that it is more understated compared to the first three in the series. For one thing, the story is heavily focused on courtly politics, putting Kellen’s wits to the test. Having reached his eighteenth birthday, our boy is growing up, and it’s obvious from certain themes in the plot as well as some of the situations in which he finds himself. That said, I was pleased to see that if there’s one thing that hasn’t changed much, it’s that he is still completely hopeless when it comes to women.

    With one more book to go, Sebastien de Castell is also preparing to tie everything together, though of course there are still plenty of secrets he keeps close to the vest. There’s more about the Shadowblack, building upon what we learned from the previous book in which we saw Kellen start to come around to what the markings might mean for his future. However, new information about his affliction—including the possibility of a cure—has once more gotten him rethinking all his plans. The author has also teased a greater role for Kellen’s sister, and Shalla makes an appearance in Queenslayer, bringing with her all kinds of questions about her endgame. I’m still not really sure about her, whether her love for Kellen is sincere or if she is merely a tool of their father; all I know is that I’m excited to find out more. And finally, I would also love to see more of Ferius. I’ve been missing her, and of course I’m still holding out hope that there will be a bigger part for the Argosi, but at the same time I can’t deny that a part of me is tremendously proud to watch Kellen come into his own without anyone holding his hand. It feels like his has been the goal of the last two novels.

    Needless to say, if you’ve been enjoying the series, Queenslayer is not to be missed. I always feel a nervous energy whenever we approach a finale, and this is pretty much where I am now, waiting on pins and needles for Crownbreaker. I’m going to be sad when Kellen and Reichis’ journey comes to a close, but knowing that I’ll have all the fond memories of their past adventures to keep me smiling, it’s hard to feel too upset. As far as memorable moments go, there are plenty in this one, and I can’t wait to read the final book.

  • Tim

    I've always enjoyed this series and still do, for the obvious reasons: Good worldbuilding, interesting characters, good writing style, nice plot and you never know what to expect - also: no one ever says what they actual mean. You need to think in this one. Concerning the characters in this book, it's especially Tasia that came to the forefront for me, and it's a shame she doesn't have

    I've always enjoyed this series and still do, for the obvious reasons: Good worldbuilding, interesting characters, good writing style, nice plot and you never know what to expect - also: no one ever says what they actual mean. You need to think in this one. Concerning the characters in this book, it's especially Tasia that came to the forefront for me, and it's a shame she doesn't have a bigger role.

    Overall, though, this book just doesn't hold that much appeal as the four previous ones.

    is clearly bleaker, darker and more negative than its predecessors, and even though there's still enough sarcastic humour and quips in it, it's not as strong as usual. There's some kind of dark presence looming over the book. It may be part of the development of the story and the characters, but it's a bit disturbing anyhow.

    However! This was the penultimate book and I'm very excited how

    is going to solve and end everything in the next one - the last one! Because I honestly have no idea what (and who!) to expect.

  • Micperk

    - Episode 5

    This book series has been like an anime for me. Each book feels like it's own episode where the MC continues to make a name for themselves by being the reluctant hero. The problem is, Kellen is suppose to be extremely clever, but he's still just getting lead around by the nose. This is the 5th book and he's still asking himself the

    and

    questions.

    He STILL only has ONE MOVE. It'

    - Episode 5

    This book series has been like an anime for me. Each book feels like it's own episode where the MC continues to make a name for themselves by being the reluctant hero. The problem is, Kellen is suppose to be extremely clever, but he's still just getting lead around by the nose. This is the 5th book and he's still asking himself the

    and

    questions.

    He STILL only has ONE MOVE. It's like when I was at my sisters for Christmas and she wanted to play Mortal Kombat on super nintendo.... hell yeah, I remember the moves..... so we start playing and she proceeds to kick my ass by just crouching and using one move over and over.

    That's what this book felt like for me, everyone knows more magic and is stronger than Kellen, but in the end his single move is stronger than them all. Don't get me wrong this book wasn't BAD, the writing and dialogue was still amazing. The book's intrigue and pacing had me hooked and blowing through the book. It all fell flat at the end for me though, the plot twists I saw coming, the deaths weren't emotional, and the entire ending felt unexciting. I needed more out of the second to last book in the series.

    If you're new to the series don't judge it based off of my review of this single book, the series has been great. If you've read the series you'll still enjoy this one but might run into some of the same problems I did. I'll 100% still be buying the final book when it comes out. This one felt like a huge set up strictly for the last book.

  •  Charlie - A Reading Machine

    I hate to say this but feel like I'm reading the same book over and over. The characters never seem to do anything that changes my opinion about them. Kellen and his sister have the same conversation three times every book. Kellen and Reichis have the same conversation five times every book. Kellen and whatever person he has just met that now hates him with a passion have the same interaction with the same result three times a book and finally, as always, Kellen arrives at a strange place with s

    I hate to say this but feel like I'm reading the same book over and over. The characters never seem to do anything that changes my opinion about them. Kellen and his sister have the same conversation three times every book. Kellen and Reichis have the same conversation five times every book. Kellen and whatever person he has just met that now hates him with a passion have the same interaction with the same result three times a book and finally, as always, Kellen arrives at a strange place with strange people and instantly becomes the absolute centre of attention emotionally and politically with everything revolving around him. As someone who counts The Greatcoats series as one of his all time favourites I'm a bit devastated to reach this point and could only recommend this to the younger readers, who admittedly it is actually aimed at.

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