Series: Women of the Otherworld #12
Published by Dutton Adult
Pub Date: July 26th 2011
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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At last, in the novel every Kelley Armstrong fan will need to own, all the major heroines and heroes of Otherworld are united.
It's been ten years since Bitten, the first novel in Kelley Armstrong's New York Times bestselling Otherworld series. In that time hundreds of thousands of fans have ravenously devoured the adventures of Armstrong's witches, demons, and werewolves. Now, in Spell Bound, she brings them all together for her most sweeping tale yet.
Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she's powerless to help herself. At the heartbreaking conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would prevent further pain for a young orphan. Little did she know that someone would take her up on that promise.
And now, witch-hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons, and rogue witches all seem to be after her. The threat is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. While most of her fellow supernaturals are circling the wagons at a gathering of the council in Miami, Savannah is caught on the road, isolated from those who can protect her and unable to use her vast spell-casting talent, the thing she counts on most. In a story that will change the shape of the Otherworld forever, Armstrong gathers Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, Hope, and other beloved characters, who soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.
As many of you have heard me say by now, Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series is one of my favorites ever. As far as paranormal mystery novels go, they don’t get better than this.
Spell Bound picks up right where Waking the Witch leaves off. Savannah has solved the case in Columbus and, oh yeah, she’s lost her powers. To put it more accurately, someone or something has taken them away from her. On top of that, there’s still a witch-hunter out there trying to kill her. But this is only the beginning of the problems that lay ahead, not even the half of it. I was truly in awe at how intelligently this mystery was woven. How every little thing would somehow be a huge discovery later. The way Kelley Armstrong tied in all of her characters into this book was just amazing. Seriously, my mind was blown!
You never really know how much romance you will get in the Otherworld books. The relationships Kelley creates are slow-building and long-lasting. And it also depends on who the main characters in the particular book are. It’s pretty safe to say that when it comes to Savannah and Adam, you won’t get the same level of romance as, say, with Clay and Elena, considering Savannah has yet to tell Adam that she’s loved him since she was twelve. Since he was twenty-three at the time she was twelve, it’s not as easy for him to realize he’s in love with her now that she’s a woman at twenty-one. The chemistry is there though, and they make such a good, fun pair…he just needs to open his eyes. The longing moments from Savannah for Adam are so heartbreaking sometimes! Nevertheless, I was really happy in the end. I may have squealed a little bit (or a lot). Haha.
As the synopsis mentions, all of the characters from this series are in this book at one point or another. They are either present or away taking care of other business, but they’re all mentioned. And I do mean ALL. It was so exciting to see them all working together again. While there have been other books in the series that have had several of the characters working together in them, there hadn’t been one where they all make an appearance at once. It really is a set up for the last book, where they will all fight together, and as exciting as it was, it also really sadden me because I know it’s coming to an end.
Really, I could go on and on and dissect every moment I loved, every character I was thrilled to see on the pages again, but I have to reign it in somewhere. Maybe after I read Thirteen, the last book in this series, we can go over more. Of course, that’s a whole year from now unfortunately. Until then, if you have not yet read this series, I strongly recommend that you do. If you have, be assured that Spell Bound is another great installment.