Way of the Argosi
by Sebastien de Castell
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 15 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2021
Bonnier Books UK, Hot Key Books
The stunning prequel to the Spellslinger series - a brilliant origin story of adventure, wit and philosophy.
Ferius Parfax has a simple plan: kill every last inhabitant of the spell-gifted nation that destroyed her people, starting with the man who murdered her parents. Killing mages is a difficult and dangerous business, of course, but when she meets the inimitable and extraordinary Durrall Brown she discovers that physical strength is not the only way to defeat evil of all kinds.
So Ferius undertakes to study the ways of the Argosi: the loosely-knit tribe of tricksters known for getting the better of even the most powerful of spellcasters. But the Argosi have a price for their teachings, and by the time Ferius learns what it is, it may be too late...
Perfect for fans of The Dark Tower, Firefly, Terry Pratchett, Ben Aaronovitch and Jim Butcher.
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Praise for the Spellslinger series...
"The world de Castell conjures is strange and fascinating, but he laces it through with genuine emotional power. Exotic, original and gripping from the get-go." - Jonathan Stroud
"Hugely enjoyable - fast-paced, compassionate, wise and with terrific characters... I love the humour and the thoughtfulness as well as the plot." - Amanda Craig
"It has cliff hangers, pace, humour, life lessons, and a memorably feisty squirrel cat." - Sunday Times
"There's room for wit and playfulness amid the high-stakes duels and death matches." - The Observer
"This is one of the best young-adult novels I've seen in a long time - larky, clever and slick." - The Literary Review
"Packed with wise cracking humour, larger than life colourful characters and non-stop action." - School Library Journal
Average rating from 9 members
I delighted to receive an ARC of this book and return to this fabulous world. It wasn’t actually the story I was expecting but I absolutely devoured and loved every second, from its grim murderous beginning to the pure delight it turns into, if you are expecting the same as Spellsinger don’t , but you won’t be disappointed at all. This is a bit darker than the original books , but you should expect this as it’s covering trauma and abuse. But it it’s still full of warmth, wit and familiarity. Definitely read the spellsinger series first before you read this Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Review: When Sebastian hit my TBR pile in 2014 it was as one of the most anticipated books of the year, and the Greatcoats series became one of my all time favourite series. So its very bemusing for me (still) that somehow i became distracted by life in 2017 and 2018 and missed the start of the SpellSlinger series and so fell behind and decided to shelve the series (while still collecting it) until it was done… Sebastian went one better than that for me (im sure he did it just for me…. just didnt realise it at the time) and released a prequel this year with Way of the Argosi and now he has me hooked again and i have a justified TBR pile reason to read the whole series. Whilst the characters felt different and the place had changed and the back and forth banter of the greatcoats was no longer there, the underlying writing style and voice of the author, that had some entranced me was all still there and it was less that ten pages before i was hooked for good. The book at 384 pages should have been a couple of days of fun reading , but as it turned out it was one long solid stint and uncounted cups of tea in an utterly engrossing read. Its impossible not to become emotionally attached to the lead character Ferius, to root for her survival, she has been hunted from childhood across the continent, abused, attacked, starved and near death and certainly a little crazy, she wants and needs revenge, yet into her life comes Durrel Brown, and a new way of looking at the world and what has happened to her, the changing perspectives were brilliantly done, the little plot redirections subtle and surprising, and the characters engaging, even the ones you wanted to hate. If the prequel is a masterpiece i cannot now wait to dive into the rest of the Spellslinger series….i Just need to get cracking because my most anticipated book of the year comes out from this master writer in Sept in the form of Play of Shadows Hugely recommended (Parm)