Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong

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.

Book Stats:

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952206

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Books in the Women of the Otherworld series in the order they should be read:
Bitten
Stolen
Dime Store Magic
Industrial Magic
Haunted
Broken
No Humans Involved
Personal Demon
Living with the Dead
Frostbitten
Waking the Witch

Spell Bound
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, the electrifying twelfth book in the fabulous Otherworld series, begins moments after the closing events of . 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 …

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About Carol

A book reviewer and editor at Bitten by Books since 2008, Carol reads extensively in the urban fantasy genre, and also writes the column on genre television, Screen Bites. Serving as the director of the Urban Fantasy track at Dragon Con, Carol also works at Coastal Magic (formerly Olde City, New Blood), and AnachroCon, and for the last three years has been one of the organizers for a small literary festival in the town where she lives. When not reading, writing reviews, or working at conventions, Carol spends as much time as possible with her three amazing grandsons.

4 comments

  1. Wow! I did not know about the ending being so close. I will read slow so I can savoire every word.

  2. Oh, no! I didn’t realize it was ending either. Darn, so many of my favorite series have ended lately or are only one book away, Arrrrg! I do love when an author takes the time to touch base with the other characters in a series and kind of gives us an update. It’s like going to a family reunion and catching up on all the gossip from the cousins, sweet and sad at the same time.

  3. I so love Kelly Armstrong! Her series has been one of the best I’ve ever read! Never had to question if I should buy one of her books, just had to dig in the sofa cushions to come up with money!

  4. Carol,
    FANTASTIC REVIEW!
    I Love Kelly Armstrong’s books!
    Lynne

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