Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 7: Spellslinger, by Sebastian de Castell

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!
This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

For more information, please click HERE.

As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
There's also a Linky widget, so participating blogs can link up!

Here's my choice for this week!

Sebastien de Castell
Hardcover, 400 pages
Hot Key Books 
May 4, 2017
Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

"There are three things that earn you a man’s name among the Jan’Tep. The first is to demonstrate the strength to defend your family. The second is to prove you can perform the high magic that defines our people. The third is surviving your fourteenth year. I was a few weeks shy of my birthday when I learned that I wouldn’t be doing any of those things."

Kellen’s dreams of becoming a powerful mage like his father are shattered after a failed magical duel results in the complete loss of his abilities. When other young mages begin to suffer the same fate, Kellen is accused of unleashing a magical curse on his own clan and is forced to flee with the help of a mysterious foreign woman who may in fact be a spy in service to an enemy country. Unsure of who to trust, Kellen struggles to learn how to survive in a dangerous world without his magic even as he seeks out the true source of the curse. But when Kellen uncovers a conspiracy hatched by members of his own clan seeking to take power, he races back to his city in a desperate bid to outwit the mages arrayed against him before they can destroy his family.

Spellslinger is heroic fantasy with a western flavour.

Why I can't wait for this one!

This novel, as well as its author, are entirely new to me. I was immediately pulled in by the GORGEOUS cover, and then, when I read the synopsis, I KNEW I had to feature it on "Can't Wait Wednesday" today! I'm SO intrigued!! Besides, the author is a...well, ahem....GORGEOUS Pierce Brosnan lookalike! Plus, he's brandishing a sword in the picture below. Aaaah, a swashbuckler! End of story!!

Sebastien de Castell had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way.


What do you think of my choice?
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  1. Oooh, I like that author ;) Haha

    Great choice, Maria! This looks SO interesting, and I love almost anything fantasy :) Thanks for introducing me to this book, I hope you enjoy it when you read it! *HUGS* <3 <3 :)
    Here's my WoW

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

    1. Hi, Amy!

      Yeah!! On top of the fact that he looks a LOT like Pierce Brosnan, he also looks like a swashbuckling Musketeer! Lol.

      I'm just like you -- I ADORE fantasy!! You're very welcome for the introduction to this book!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!! HUGS BACK!!! <3 <3 :) :)

  2. Hey Maria.

    This sounds interesting. The idea of the protagonist losing his magical abilities sounds original and interesting. Also the infusion of "Western" themes seem different.

    That is an awesome cover.

    Have a great week!

    1. Hey, Brian!

      Oh, it DEFINITELY sounds interesting! And I agree -- the inclusion of a Western theme adds to the story, as well!

      I LOVE this cover!! You know, I frequently feel conflicted about featuring certain books on this meme, instead of "Shelf Candy Saturday", because of the AWESOME covers on some of them! Haha!

      Hope you have a great week, too! Thanks for commenting!! :) :) :)

  3. Ooh I like your choice and I see what you mean with Pierce Brosman.....! Hope you get to read it soon!

    1. Hi, Mareli!

      Glad you like my choice! And I see you've noticed that this author is, indeed, a Pierce Brosnan lookalike! Brosnan happens to be my favorite actor to play James Bond, by the way. I can't stand the guy who plays Bond now!

      I hope to get to read this one when it releases!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!! <3 :)

  4. I already have this on my wishlist but it's great one to feature this week. I didn't know anything about the author so thanks for adding a note on him. He sounds like such a unique person!

    1. Hi, Barb!

      I'm happy to hear that you like this one, too!!

      You know, I've decided to add an author bio to my CWW posts from now on. I guess when I saw this writer's pic, that was a VERY easy decision to make! Lol. He certainly does sound like a very unique person!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! <3 <3 :) :)

  5. This one is entirely new to me but it sounds amazing! Adding it to my TBR!

    Stacy Renee @ Lazy Day Literature

    1. Hi, Stacy!

      Glad you're adding this book to your TBR!! Hope you enjoy it when it releases!!

      Thanks for the comment!! :)

  6. I haven't heard of this one but that cover really grabs me! I may have to go add it to my Goodreads TBR. Great pick!
    I can't wait on Fame and Secrets

    1. Hi, Lisa!

      Yeah, this cover grabs me, too!! Plus the plot sounds SO exciting!! I'm so glad you're adding it to your Goodreads TBR!

      Thanks for commenting!! <3 :)

  7. This sounds awesome! New to me too. I'm definitely adding it to my tbr, so thanks for sharing!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

    1. Hi, Tressa!

      Yes, it does!! I'm SO glad I discovered it!! Glad you're adding it, too!!

      Thanks so much for commenting back!! <3 :)

  8. I'm intrigued by the line "With a western flavor." Hope you enjoy it! My pick this week is Southern Fried by Tonya Kappes.

    1. Hi, Laura!

      Oh, I am, too!! I wonder how the author will integrate that into the novel!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!! :)

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    1. Hi, Ronyell!

      Yes, it DEFINITELY is a GREAT cover! Thanks for commenting!! :)

  10. I haven't heard of this one. I hope you enjoy it.

    1. Hi, Jill!

      Yeah, it's new to me, too! I know I'll enjoy it! Thanks for commenting! :)

  11. The cover is indeed very beautiful!! Wow <3 And the story sounds really interesting, I hadn't heard about it before. The section about the author made me laugh a little, so many things he likes to do! Haha :)

    Lipstick and Mocha

    1. Hi, Carla!

      Yeah, that cover sure is AWESOME!! And I agree with you about the plot, too!

      I'm glad you noticed what a versatile person the author is! Plus the fact that he's SOOOOO cute! Right?

      Thanks for the visit and the great comment!! <3 :)

  12. I haven't heard of this book, but ohmy, that cover looks so cool! I like the colors and opposite "sides." Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland last week, Maria. I really appreciate it. :)

    1. Hi, Rissi!

      So sorry for the late reply....I had not seen this comment before.... :(

      Yeah, this cover is SO AWESOME!! I like it for the same reasons you've mentioned.

      You're very welcome for my visit! Thanks for visiting and commenting back!! <3 :)


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