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Great series, satisfying conclusion

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-2019

I'll admit that I begrudgingly picked up Spellslinger when I was in a reading funk and looking for something light and short to try and trigger my reading momentum. 6 books later I can attest to the fact that it just might have worked as I quickly became a big fan of the series. From characters, to story, to narration to cover art, every book has kept me wanting more and this one was no exception. A fun, well rounded, exceptionally paced and thoroughly entertaining series. I have zero hesitation is saying de Castell is an author you can trust. I'm sorry to say goodbye, but I can't wait for more.

Consistently great series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-2019

De Castell never fails to keep you reading. Highly recommend this series they're thoroughly entertaining reads and exceptional listens with the combined power of master narrator Joe Jameson.

Relentless

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-2019

I can never say enough about this series and no matter how much praise I heap on it I will never do it the justice it deserves.  Dark Age hits the ground sprinting offering a level of anxiety riddled intensity that makes Golden Son look like a picnic. It's not for the faint hearted it's relentless and keeps you moving for fear you'll be caught in the crossfire. You'll rage, cry, fatigue, despair, endure and hope… hope? lol. Never am I as immersed in a world and its characters as I am when I'm with the Rising. I'm not looking forward to it ending, I don't know how I'll cope - per aspera ad astra, hail Pierce! you bloodydamn marvelous pixie.

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Good read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-2019

Passionately one sided narrative that I found quite entertaining. Would recommend alongside other more balanced source materials should you be wanting to learn more about this period in human history.

Great characters and world

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-2019

My ratings ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Read it ⭐ Don't bother Story: Average Characters: Great World: Great Keep it short: I really enjoyed this early on. I thought the main characters and the world were great, and some action scenes kept up the tension leaving me wondering what next. In spite of this though I still dropped off the story and it took me longer to finish than I would have liked. This is still a book I would recommend to read, it deserves to be on your 2019 tbr pile as I do believe it has the potential to build into something good. For the audiophiles: John Banks does a solid job. You can tell he has experience, the characters aren't over or under done and the pacing is good. No problems here. For the cover art judges: I like this cover, it's artistic style lends to the setting and the blue tones accentuate the mood. Although I will admit while listening I did imagine all the scenes to have blue hues. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Read it

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Devoured

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-2018

I have devoured this series, it's just so thoroughly enjoyable. It may be one of the best I have ever read Easily checks off the trifecta for me: Dynamic characters Great world and magic system Exceptional pacing Surely at some point one of these books is going to bend and I'm going to lose interest... nah who am I kidding? Just gimmie more!

A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-2018

I am ashamed to say I don't know my myths as well as I'd like to especially since my namesake, who coincidentally makes an appearance in this story, featured in one of the most famous Ancient Greek tales. So, where many of the names were familiar this was more an an enjoyable education process for me. The story is of Circe, daughter of Helios and Perse, and witch of Aeaea. It is told through her eyes and covers a vast array of familiar Greek Gods and heroes over a vast time period. You don't feel the jumps in time though, I was impressed by how well that was handled as they felt very natural. I was entertained from start to finish. For the audio fans: Perdita Weeks does a good job, she doesn't overextend herself to make character voices for the sake of character voices and narrates the story in a believable tone. There were a few minor instances where it went to a whisper for dramatic effect which made it a little difficult to hear when in the car but otherwise narration was solid. The cover (UK/AU): The cover’s very pretty, I do like it from a design perspective but I'm not sure it sells the Greek Myth idea very well unlike the US version which I don't like as much. It has caught my attention many times prior to me picking it up but I didn't know what it was about until I did. So I'm a bit conflicted but I did pick it up so it's done its job. In short: An enjoyable, well written account of an ancient classic that's bound to find its way on to many a tbr pile.

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Real, Dark and Gritty

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-2018

Real in the way that makes you forget you're reading. Dark in the way that keeps you from escaping. Gritty in the way that sticks to your teeth* *please don't eat the book. I'll admit this isn't normally the type of story I'm overly keen on, this type of world, this type of grimness, but McDonald has somehow managed to find beauty in his filthy world and that has me hooked. Somewhere between its bleak harshness and the curious characters that do what they can just to carry on, I find myself lost in the words and am now stuck with the irksome duty of impatiently waiting for book 3. For the audio fans: Colin Mace continues his fine form as Galharrow. He captures all the characters well enough to make you feel like they're right there with you. A great combination of narrator and story. The cover (UK/AU): I do like these covers from a design perspective. I don't think they evoke much from an imagination standpoint but their design is super cool. This one isn't quite as good as Blackwing I feel. It seems more like a grab at stock images to find the right bird to continue the theme. Still, it's pretty. In short: One of the rare grimdarks that define the genre.

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No, you're crying

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-2018

So sad to have finished but what a fun ride it has been so far, I can't wait for more. Thoroughly entertaining, great characters and non stop from start to finish. Right up there as one of my unexpected gems of the year. Thank you Mr De Castell for crating this world.

Thoroughly entertaining!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-2018

The Spellslinger series has quickly become one of those series that just won’t let me down. It’s the kind of series that doesn’t take itself too seriously. There’s nothing static and boring, everything has a life of its own and it’s wonderful! I like the characters I read about to have, well, character and Shadowblack delivers in spades maybe even more so than Spellslinger although it’s very close. There was never a dry patch that had me doubting my decision to pick it up and I absolutely blitzed through it - not even work could get in the way. Now I’m on to Charmcaster, can’t wait to see where that particular road takes me. For the audio fans: *Copied and pasted from last time and will forever because - Joe Jameson. No need to say anymore other than brilliant as always. The cover (UK/AU): No surprises here, again love the covers for this series. Full marks from me and right up there with some of my all time favourites. In short: Never a dull moment. I’m hooked.

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