With this book review, and Queenslayer, we will be completed (almost) with September or late reviews in general. I have a lot of new books that I plan to read. They are all being read this month, which then is good in some ways. It means that I’ll have reviews at least all through November, leading us to December! And Dragons. I may hold off on posting some of them if we get to December and they aren’t all out. IDK, I’ll see. We’ll see. Regardless, let’s go!
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell
Synopsis From The Book
A failed mage learns that just because he’s not the chosen one it doesn’t mean he can’t be a hero in the fourth book of an exciting adventure fantasy series from Sebastien de Castell.
For an outlaw spellslinger, the only way to survive is to hide.
Kellen’s curse is growing stronger, promising a future of madness and murder. And now that the bounty hunter sworn to kill ever last shadow black have caught his trail, he knows his days are numbered.
Desperate, Kellen braves a barren desert to find a mysterious order of monks rumored to posses a cure. But there are secrets darker and more dangerous than Kellen expected, and the price of his salvation may be more than he’s willing to pay.
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
Alright book 4 of 6. Book 6 is not out yet and it will not be out until December, I believe. So I will not be reading that book until then. For now I am on 4 and 5. I suppose I’m a bit nervous for this book. I’ve been reading them for the Argosi teachings, in a lot of ways. Ferius is one of my favorite characters, over Kellen. Now we just get Kellen and the squirrel cat.
I wonder how much I will like this one with just those two.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
For not having Ferius, it had a lot of Ferius. Kellen was so often considering exactly what she would say, how, and when, that it felt like she were there. I really did like this book because of it. I actually liked it better than book three if I’m being honest. Something about the abbey community, as well as Kellen having to come into his own, was nice to see. Kellen is a Jack of all Trades, it is his Path (the Path of Endless Stars), and I think that really showed itself in this book.
Kellen and Reichis are in the desert looking for the Ebony Abbey, close to death. The two have been traveling for six months trying to find a way to cure the shadowblack. Kellen is separated from Reichis by other fellow shadowblacks who take him to the abbey.
It is at the abbey that Kellen learns many of the secrets of the shadowblack. He speaks to his sister to try to save Reichis. Kellen learns a lot, and goes with some of the fellow teenagers, his age, to take care of one of the rogue shadowblacks. Kellen pulls out all the tricks in his book, and saves many people. They try to find Reichis, but only find his bones.
Back at the Abbey, they discover that the Ja’Tep mages, aka Kellen’s family, have tracked them back to the Abbey. Nephenia and her hyena come with the true Reichis. Reichis is saved, but the mages are coming to attack. Kellen realizes that the abbey’s abbot plans to brand the mages in shadow. Kellen makes a deal with his father to save people, as his father kills most of the others.
War breaks out. Kellen is able to ensure his bargain, and sends many of the children and their families away. He leaves them with Butelios, a man who he sees as a friend, and is an Argosi. Diadera, an abbey dweller who Kellen had a crush on, gives Reichis her shadowblack. Kellen can speak to Reichis again, but now Reichis is cursed. Kellen fully accepts that he is an Argosi, what ever that may mean for his path, and knows he must still search for the cure.
What I Liked:
The Abbey; I found this community endearing, even if they were a bit twisted at times. I feel for them, I really do.
Butelios; I adore him and every part of him. His powers come in tears. He can read Kellen all too well. It would be a lie for me to say I wasn’t at least a bit rooting for Kellen to like him instead of Diadera. Whatever, he’s an Argosi and I think that’s 100% the reason why I loved him so much — even if that was revealed at the end.
Diadera; We continue on our trend of new love interests each book with this charming and complicated girl. I liked who she was, what she believed in, how she acted, and her final gift for Reichis.
Kellen’s Magic; It was in this book that Kellen finally addressed his bands and their counter-banding. He tried to spark them, and we got the spark. He had the magic. He just could not use it and it tore me up inside. I’m devastated for him. But I suppose the other characters were right, he couldn’t use the magic before, so nothing has changed.
Shadowblack; As a sort of expansion for t above, it was nice to see the shadowblack developed further.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
More Argosi, always. Thanks. Can I just get a book on the travels and history of their people in specific? No. Dang.
Time Taken To Read
none, I forgot my notebook to write down some. There were some, I just don’t remember where. Oh well.