Kelley Armstrong,
Women of the Otherworld #12: Spell Bound
(Dutton, 2011)

Savannah Levine is a witch. She is the daughter of powerful parents who are deceased but still manage to communicate with her through unusual ways. She's young, has been through and seen quite a bit through the years, but nothing has shaken her quite as much as the sudden loss of all her magical powers. The magic she has relied on so heavily is gone, and she doesn't know what to do with herself without it.

But in the Otherworld, a group of supernaturals are creating what looks to be the start of something dangerous: pitting supernatural vs. supernatural in a sort of paranormal civil war. This threatens the world as Savannah knows it, and she and her closest pals are working to find out all the who's and why's.

Characters from the past 11 books in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series grace the pages, but Savannah takes the lead along with her best friend and secret crush, Adam. The friendship warms the pages and teases the reader with enough promise of heat should these two ever romantically collide.

Savannah is a stubborn and at times frustrating heroine and I found myself equally admiring and cursing her grit. She can be abrasive, but when she exposes her softer side you can't help but love her. Savannah is the kind of witch you want on your side, always.

I have had this series on my To Be Read bookshelf for far too long. Jumping into this series at book No. 12 has left me hungry for more and angry with myself for having not read these books sooner. Armstrong has proven herself to me to be a master at her craft. She held me as a willing captive in her world from page 1, and at the end of this story she has me impatiently awaiting book 13. I already have the first book, Bitten, in my possession and plan on spending a lot of time my near future in the Otherworld. If the quality of this work is an indication of the quality of the previous books, I am in for some fabulous reading.

book review by
Cherise Everhard

3 September 2011

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