Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong. Book review

Spell Bound: Women of the Underworld Book 12 by Kelley Armstrong . Orbit ‘16.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

Spell Bound is a direct follow-up to Waking the Witch and picks up with Savannah Levine, bereft of her demon powers, facing down the enemy all alone for a second time. There is plenty of the magical fighting and derring-do here, as you would expect from such fiction, but like its direct predecessor, does seem far more aimed at a YA/Teen audience than the first ten in the series.

Now, that’s fine if you are expecting a YA book. But I found it somewhat misleading when it has been placed in the same ballpark as Dime Store Magic or Living With the Dead ‘ but it’s very different. Savannah herself is very immature, allegedly aged 21 but going on 17 (and I’m being generous), and the whole thing is riddled with teen angst. Spell Bound is also far less self contained than previous volumes, having the feel of a ‘trilogy middle volume’. It relies on your having read the previous book and ends abruptly with many loose ends.

For all that it is well enough written and romps along at a cracking pace. Read for what it is ‘ a teen book ‘ it’s fun. Just be aware that it is far less urban fantasy and a lot more paranormal romance than earlier Women of the Underworld titles.

Spell Bound: Women of the Underworld Book 12 by Kelley Armstrong . Orbit ‘16.99

Reviewed by Jan Edwards

Spell Bound is a direct follow-up to Waking the Witch and picks up with Savannah Levine, bereft of her demon powers, facing down the enemy all alone for a second time. There is plenty of the magical fighting and derring-do here, as you would expect from such fiction, but like its direct predecessor, does seem far more aimed at a YA/Teen audience than the first ten in the series.

Now, that’s fine if you are expecting a YA book. But I found it somewhat misleading when it has been placed in the same ballpark as Dime Store Magic or Living With the Dead ‘ but it’s very different. Savannah herself is very immature, allegedly aged 21 but going on 17 (and I’m being generous), and the whole thing is riddled with teen angst. Spell Bound is also far less self contained than previous volumes, having the feel of a ‘trilogy middle volume’. It relies on your having read the previous book and ends abruptly with many loose ends.

For all that it is well enough written and romps along at a cracking pace. Read for what it is ‘ a teen book ‘ it’s fun. Just be aware that it is far less urban fantasy and a lot more paranormal romance than earlier Women of the Underworld titles.