Charmcaster by Sebastien de Castell (Hot Key, 2018); audiobook read by Joe Jameson (Bonnier, 2018) A coming-of-age story for Kellen, who matures in important ways and continues to prove highly resourceful, yet remains vexingly (at times unbearably) slow on the uptake. Joe Jameson’s audiobook reading is again a highlight, as are the plethora of strong female characters.
Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell (Hot Key, 2017); audiobook read by Joe Jameson (Bolinda, 2017) A decent sequel, its impact diminished not by the necessary lessening of stakes but by a resetting of Kellen’s maturity, robbing him of the gains made in the first book. Magical highlight: Joe Jameson’s portrayal of Reichis, the pocket desperado squirrel cat.
Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell (Hot Key Books, 2017); audiobook read by Joe Jameson (Bolinda, 2017) Sebastien de Castell delivers a fully realised magical world with perils and pitfalls aplenty, an unobtrusive moral, and a quick-thinking young protagonist. Joe Jameson’s audiobook reading gives excellent voice to the characters. With all due respect, this leaves Harry Potter for dead.