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[Review] SPELL BOUND by Kelley Armstrong

[This is the twelfth in a series of posts counting down to the last in Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series, THIRTEEN, set for release July 24, 2012. ~~ 1.BITTEN; 2. STOLEN; 3. DIME STORE MAGIC; 4. INDUSTRIAL MAGIC; 5. HAUNTED; 6. BROKEN; 7. NO HUMANS INVOLVED; 8. PERSONAL DEMON; 9. LIVING WITH THE DEAD; 10. FROSTBITTEN; 11. WAKING THE WITCH]

 Cover Copy: Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she’s powerless to help herself. At the conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah– an extraordinarily powerful young witch with a dangerous pedigree– swore that she would give up her spells if it would help a young girl caught in a horrible bind. Little did Savannah know that someone would take her up on that offer. And now witch-hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons, and rogue supernaturals all seem to be after her. The threat is not just to Savannah– every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. Spell Bound unites Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, Hope, and the rest, who soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals may come from within their own ranks.

My Thoughts: Spell Bound is the middle of the last three books in the Women of the Otherworld series. Savannah is a pretty stubborn character, but this time she pushes too far. Without her powers, you’d think she would act more rationally and less rashly, but not until she pushes her luck too far. Then she regrets it and starts acting cautiously. I liked this. I loved that there was consequences to her behaviour. That’s something that felt to be missing from Waking the Witch. But Savannah takes her caution too far. She stops being reliable back-up for the rest of her team. Again, more consequences. Savannah’s growth felt much more natural in Spell Bound.

We get to see lots more of the other characters from the Otherworld series in Spell Bound, as they’re all required in this fight against a new problem. An organization wants to expose the supernaturals, and it’s up to the Council members to stop them.

Lots of great action, killer suspense and dead-on humour. Spell Bound kept me up all night. Can’t wait for Thirteen!

Rating: A
Series: Women of the Otherworld
Publisher: Vintage Canada/Random House, 2011
Acquired: Purchase

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