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Spellbinder by Thea Harrison
Series: Moonshadow #2
on July 18, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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…
The Moonshadow trilogy is set in Europe and feels more historical than the Elder Races series to which it is loosely connected. I love the worlds Harrison has created and many of the characters. You can check out my 5 star review for the first book, Moonshadow to see why it was one of my favorites last year.
Spellbinder is a twist on things focusing on Morgan who is one of the bad guys in the previous book! Everything is not what it seems. Robin learns this fact – too late. Morgan has great talent and skill. There is more to him than anyone knows or even than he can tell anyone. He is such a man of integrity and he endures so much.
Sidonie is a musician. She is also very talented and was smart enough to develop strategies for dealing with her situation. I didn’t like her very well at first. Sid was too used to everything as she wished. I appreciated her growth and her loyalty for Morgan.
I felt frustrated with the characters for a bit and it was sort of like a locked room mystery with so many difficulties to overcome. The bad guys were particularly cruel and capricious. But the characters grew, and then I was rooting for them and I do love magic. There was a great guest appearance at the end! I am SO excited to see what happens next with all the changes which happened here.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Anne: 2017 New Release Challenge
This sounds so good, Anne! I haven’t heard of Harrison before, but I think I need to rectify that very soon 🙂 Great review!
I’m still waiting on the audiobook to show up. I’m excited to try this one. I really loved the first book.