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The exciting seuel to the acclaimed epic fantasy debut Spellwright by Blake CharltonFrancesca DeVega is a healer in the city of Avel composing magical sentences that close wounds and disspell curses But when a newly dead patient sits up and tells her that she must flee the infirmary or face a fate worse than death Francesca finds herself in the middle of a game she doesn't understand one that ties he Egads I had to do math to figure out the rating for this and I resent that Because like Teen Talk Barbie I think math is hardAnyhow Blake please don t read this one either It s just not a good ideaSooohere s why math was involved I kept having to break the book down into pieces There was the first third then the second half of the second third then the first three eighths of the final third and the next eighth and then the following two eighthsit was really hard ok Fractions pain me enough and then I had to average all the ratings from each fraction And now I would like to share the misery with youThe first third started out like this Me Oh WTH Where am I What s going on Another magic I don t understand How did this all happen WHO CARES Let s just go Wheee This is fun That got 4 starsThe next third dropped down to maybe 35 stars for the first half not for any reason other than it was a lot of stuff just to get to where we were going And that s fine You know Whatever But then the second half of the second third I was all WHAT That SO would not happen Why did that happen Who is even talking What the hell is going on Can someone explain this to me Someone Because I ve just totally been kicked off this train and I can t even see it any as I bump my way down the rocky gorge to the frothing water below No make that lava Frothing lava below That second half of the second third barely got 2 stars and that was because I was feeling guilty for becoming suddenly stupid and not understanding the story Had I been angry and less shamed the stars would have numbered 1But then I came out of that and we were back up to 35 stars rising nicely at the beginning of the third third After about 28 of the third third though it got all weird again It was like suishy logic which I like to think is akin to fuzzy logic only without numbers because dude that doesn t even make any sense in the first place So we re having suishy logic and I m not feeling so good about it for a bit and then we suddenly fall out of the dark and into a clearing of clarity and joy For several eighths everything was going swimmingly and we were back up to 4 stars but then direly around the sixth eighth and all the way to the end it went all roller coaster Ups and downs Clarity and confusion I got it and then I was stupid again And it wasn t aphasia so don t even try to tell me that s what was happeningI liked Francesca a whole lotexcept for when I didn t And there were plenty of times I didn tAnd who is Cyrus I know who Cyrus is I just didn t see the point of him and by the end I didn t even know which side anyone was on or that sides had officially been declaredI m not sure why the old man was still hanging about running around without his ghost on death s doorstep all the timeI m not sure why there were kobolds in diminishing numbers who randomly just fell out of the story All their numbers diminished and no one told me Are they just gone Where d they go What happenedI was shocked that Nicodemus had his big revelation in the course of two days or some eually small amount of time He seemed to grasp what everyone else had been telling him all along extremely suddenly that s than just sudden it s extremely sudden And his grasp of the big truth was extremely suddenSo I got confused a lot and I felt dumb It made me angry that a fantasy novel was making me feel dumb because historically those are the books that used to make me feel and sound smart But I m not 14 any and maybe I just need to stop being a dork and learn to live like a real boy Girl GrownupI dunnoI m still excited about the third book because maybe I will have grown enlightenment by then and the sense of it all will come crashing into my mind

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Spellbound

R to the notorious rogue wizard Nicodemus Weal and brings her face to face with demons demigods and a man she hoped never to see againTen years ago Nico escaped Starhaven Academy leaving behind his failed life in which he was considered disabled and felt useless Now in Spellbound he's starting fresh using his newfound gifts in the dark Chthonic languages to pursue the emerald that holds his birthrigh Those of you who have seen my review of Spellwright the first book in the series will know that my journey into the series started when I noticed Spellbound sitting in the university second hand bookstore From the moment I noticed this book I knew I had to get in on the series It was screaming out to me A magical world based up words with a dyslexic protagonist of course I would be game Thus getting my hands on book one became of vital importanceAs soon as it was in my hands the book was devoured Whilst it was not a perfect read I thoroughly enjoyed it and was eager to start book two There was so much word building so much potential for things to come that not reading the second book would be a crimeIt is safe to say upon reading book two I m still in love with the series Whilst book one was a mere enjoyment book this one was an adored book I loved it The issues I had with the first book were resolved and so much happened throughout If you have read book one and you re unsure as to whether book two will improve upon things know that it goes beyond simply improving Book two is a brilliant creation in and of itself adding so much to the world whilst continuing the story forwardIn book one we had a lot of world building meaning at times the action was somewhat slow With book two we start with action and continue throughout There is not a dry moment to be seen Following the characters from book one we watch them get to work on the plans that have been building for the last ten years We knew at the end of book two that action was to occur and in Spellbound we watch all of the effort come together to create the showdown we were all waiting forDon t worry though we re not limited to watching the same characters playing out their roles for a second time In Spellbound we have a wonderful new cast of characters In fact the newest additions to the series are the characters that truly made the book for me Yes I adored the characters in book one but those introduced in this story were so interesting We have a truly witty character a multidimensional character you cannot help to love Without a doubt you ll be pulled into the storylines of the new characters within moments It s as though you have known them from the start of the seriesHonestly with the new characters and the development of the story Spellbound is an even stronger book than Spellwright I adored it Whilst the first one did not need all that much improvement this book went beyond what I had expected and created a beautiful second book I cannot wait to see what the final book in the trilogy has in store for usOverall this was a wonderful read working to show why Blake Charlton needs recognition as an author

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T Unfortunately he can't escape the chaos of his old life His mentor suffers from an incurable curse agents of the fabled Halcyon hunt him day and night pieces of Francesca's story don't add up and the prophesized War of Disjunction looms on the horizonNico and Francesca don't know it yet but they are going to have to fit together the pieces of an age old puzzle and discover the demon's darkest secre I uite enjoyed this book and the beginning was made all the better by including a brief synopsis of part of the first book which allowed me to recall other parts of the story and better place what was occurring in context The action built up slowly introducing some new characters and reusing some old ones and then it seemed to drag through the second half of the book It stopped dragged when it finally reached the climax which was riveting and then the resolution which wrapped up some things but not others I can t wait for the last book in this series


10 thoughts on “Spellbound

  1. says:

    Egads I had to do math to figure out the rating for this and I resent that Because like Teen Talk Barbie I think math is hardAnyhow Blake pleas

  2. says:

    Well what can I sayNormally I'm reluctant to go the full five stars with a book well not that reluctant but I rarely give entire series all fives unless I absolutely love them However when I finished this brilliant follow up to Spellwright I had to award another five starsBlake Charlton may not be receiving the accolades of Pat Rothfuss but I would encourage every true fantasy lover to engage in this series and

  3. says:

    Spellbound is an improvement over Spellwright It’s got the same fun feel and the same loveable characters but there’s a level of maturity depth and growth in Spellbound that really makes it fly high Charlton has made his mark I am excited t

  4. says:

    ten years after the events in Spellwright Nicodemus has left the Heaven Tree Valley and is now in the city of Avel still pursuing the demon Typhon in an attempt to recover the Emerald of Aarahest which contains the other part of his soul and the cure to his cacography With it he will be able to become the Halyco

  5. says:

    Spellbound is right up there with my most entertaining novels so far this year Blake Charlton puts the pedal to the metal from the get go and

  6. says:

    Those of you who have seen my review of Spellwright the first book in the series will know that my journey into the series

  7. says:

    This book is so much fun It starts with the rush of action and exhilaration with which most fantasy stories end We've all read enough of them to know the formula slow pace methodically building up to the fantast

  8. says:

    I uite enjoyed this book and the beginning was made all the better by including a brief synopsis of part of the first book which allowed me to recall other parts of the story and better place what was occurring in context The action built up slowly introducing some new characters and reusing some old ones and then it seemed to drag through the second half of the book It stopped dragged when it finally reached the climax which was riveting

  9. says:

    Last year I read and reviewed Blake Charlton's fantastic Spellwright and now I'll write a review about the fantastic seuel Spellbound which is even better and fascinating than Spellwright In other words it's a perfect seuel and readers who have read Spellwright will love itBefore I begin to write my review I'll mention that this review is based on a PDF review version of Spellbound The PDF version didn't contain any maps

  10. says:

    Wonderful book to read I really loved this one It is the continuation of Spellwright and features besides the main characters from the first book some new characters Let me start with the fact that this book will show you probably one of the most interesting and innovative magical systems ever written about I have never