Magic is a con game.
Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage’s duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There’s just one problem: his magic is gone. As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi – a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries. She’s difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen’s only hope…
Let me start off by saying: I listened to this on audiobook, no regrets.
The story is very enjoyable from start to finish, I couldn’t stop listening! This audiobook definitely improved my journeys to-and-from college! The story follows Kellen, who struggles with a lack of magic, despite coming from a family of strong mages. Instead of using magic in his mage’s duel Kellen plans to lie his way through in order to avoid being a disgrace to his family. Kellen is so relatable, his struggles seem very real and you can sympathise with him. A Mysterious Argosi traveller, Ferius Parfax, turns up and changes Kellen’s world.
It’s definitely worth going into this book blind, I didn’t have the slightest clue what to expect from this book, I was pleasantly surprised! I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did, the humour really made this book for me.
I loved every moment of this book!
I only have one problem, the lack of world-building. It was pretty non-existent, though, it doesn’t take away from the story, I just wish there was more world-building! I’d love to know more about this world, it seems fascinating. (Hopefully in the next book!)
Kellen: A great protagonist! Kellen was an absolutely great narrator of the story. He’s sassy and witty
Ferius Parfax: I loved Ferius, she’s a bad-ass, mysterious, card-playing Argosi wanderer. She was witty and sassy and her humour and fearlessness was just a joy. Her character was very intriguing, the mystery surrounding her really kept me interested in knowing more about her.
Chapters from her perspective would’ve been amazing!
Reichis: I had no idea going into this book that I would end up loving a talking squirrel cat, but I did. He’s so sardonic, funny and bad-ass.
The narrator was really great too! I’m very picky about narrators on audiobooks, they can make or break a book for me. I will be continuing the series on audiobook too!
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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