Spellbinder by Thea Harrison
Series: Moonshadow #2
Also in this series: Moonshadow, Lionheart
Published by Self-published on July 18, 2017
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From author Thea Harrison comes the latest story in the New York Times bestselling Moonshadow trilogy….
Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her.
When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.
One of the most feared and powerful sorcerers in history, Morgan le Fae serves a Queen he despises, Isabeau of the Light Court. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds.
Sidonie’s music touches Morgan in places he had abandoned centuries ago, and her fiery spirit resurrects feelings he had believed long dead. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist.
But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break. And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is revenge…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Wow. Spellbinder had me running a gamut of emotions. I was absolutely elated when I scored an arc, thrilled when I found out Morgan was the hero (I just knew there was more to him than we were being told) and a bit bummed when circumstances made it to where I could not start it as soon as it landed on my iPad. And yes, I was excited when I could FINALLY begin reading it.
It started out well, and I got a little thrill when it described the Djinn that popped into Sid’s concerts. I adore the Djinn and have since I met Khalil in Oracle’s Moon, a book within the Elder Races series. Then it happened. I never knew sweet little broken Puck would do something to make me so angry with him, but he did. His desperate play had me shouting at my iPad “Oh No, Puck, No!”.
Morgan won me completely over early on in the story. As we got more and more of his story and how truly evil Isabeau is, my heart broke. I loved Morgan. He was so very strong to not crack under the pressure of all that had been done to him. Ms. Harrison had an interesting/fascinating take on the story of Camelot and what brought it down.
What happened to Sid was horrid. She lost her entire world. After being kidnapped she did everything she was warned against and this did not end well for her. Broken both physically and mentally she imploded after being thrown in a dungeon and forgotten. This is when my frustration hit.
At this point of the story, I went from being happily immersed in a great story to feeling bogged down in a frustrating cyclic spiral. Sid was stuck in that horrid dungeon and Morgan’s situation began to feel more and more hopeless. I felt like I was in an inescapable lather, rinse, repeat cycle. In the midst of this, I realized how completely obtuse Sid could be. Holy cow, that woman just could not understand nor accept the phrase “It would be too dangerous to tell you”. I wanted to reach into my iPad and jackslap her to remind her of what was at stake.
I was now broken hearted for a whole other reason. A book I had longed to read was imploding in front of me. I even put it down and read another book. Finally, I girded my loins and dove back in. I knew no matter how I felt about this particular book, I would continue on with the series because usually Ms. Harrison’s books are freaking awesome. And that’s when the tide turned.
Things picked up, hope was restored, and I was rejoicing that I’d finally gotten out of that dark Dr. Seuss-ish useless waiting place that I found myself in for over 30% of the book. Finally, the four wheel drive of this particular book kicked in and traction not only was achieved, those wheels dug in and took me on the bumpy, thrilling ride I had been craving!
Spellbinder may have floundered a bit, but damn did it finish strong.
Rating: 3.5 The Waiting Place is No Place To Be Stars
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