Spell Bound, the electrifying twelfth book in the fabulous Otherworld series, begins moments after the closing events of Waking the Witch. Savannah keeps trying to cast even simple spells, but to no avail. Though Adam initially believes that Savannah’s power loss may be attributed to the poison still circulating through her system, Savannah knows better—she literally wished them away in exchange for the return of a young girl to her grandmother. Once they determine that the situation for the two people in question has indeed been reversed, Adam resolves to help Savannah get back her powers—a tricky task, since she did not actually make a deal with anyone, demonic or otherwise. Savannah believes the Fates may be behind her magic loss and decides to see if she can get her deceased mother, Eve, to make contact with them.
Unable to communicate directly with Eve herself, Savannah goes to visit Jaime Vegas for her assistance since Eve serves as Jaime’s spirit guide. While sitting in the audience of Jaime’s show as a medium, Adam and Savannah witness a man stand up and declare that supernatural beings need to come out into the open and take their rightful place in the world. Savannah identifies the man as a sorcerer, but does not know him personally. From this point on, Savannah has multiple concerns: learning from her father that the Fates are not behind her power loss, discovering that the sorcerer at Jaime’s show actually was speaking for a much larger movement, and the witch-hunters, whom much of the supernatural community believe to be just legend, are still targeting her. For Savannah and Adam, the question becomes not which situation to focus on, but which one to deal with first.
Readers will be pleased to see the majority of the main Otherworld characters make an appearance in this terrific installment. Armstrong deftly weaves not just the many characters into the plot but also keeps the multiple threads balanced perfectly, resulting in a high level of suspense in the thoroughly engrossing tale she spins. Savannah must come to grips with understanding and feeling comfortable with her identity minus the powers she believes define her. Though told from Savannah’s point of view and may be seen as a continuation of her story, Spell Bound serves as a terrific set-up for the upcoming final book in the series. The high stakes for the individual characters turn into significant concerns and implications for the supernatural community as a whole.
Spell Bound may be the title of this novel, but the term also describes the effect the narrative has on the reader. Though saddened to know the Otherworld series, one of the most influential in the genre, will be on hiatus after the next book, this reviewer very much looks forward to finding out how the story arc will be wrapped up.
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Dutton (July 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525952209
- ISBN-13: 978-0525952206
Books in the Women of the Otherworld series in the order they should be read including other stories in the timeline:
Dime Store Magic
Chaotic, a novella in Dates From Hell
No Humans Involved
Twilight, a story in Many Bloody Returns
Stalked, a story in My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
Living with the Dead
Men of the Otherworld
Waking the Witch