Sunday, 25 September 2011

FANTASY REVIEW: Spell 2: Spellbound - Blake Charlton

Release Date: 29/09/11


SPELLBOUND is the second book in acclaimed debut author Blake Charlton’s exciting and original trilogy, following on from SPELLWRIGHT

Francesca DeVega is a successful healer in the city of Avel, wielding magical text to close wounds and disspell curses, but her life is thrown into chaos when a dead patient suddenly sits up and tells her to run. Now Francesca is in the middle of a game she doesn’t understand, one that ties her to the notorious rogue wizard, Nicodemus Weal, and brings her face to face with demons, demigods, and a man she thought she’d never see again.

It has been ten years since Nicodemus Weal escaped the Starhaven Academy, where he was considered disabled and useless, where he battled the demon who stole his birthright and killed his friends. Unable to use the magical languages of his own people, Nico has honed his skills in the dark language of the kobolds, readying himself for his next encounter with the demon. But there are complications: his mentor suffers from an incurable curse, his half-sister’s agents are hunting him, and he’s still not sure what part Francesca DeVega will play. He certainly doesn’t know what to make of Francesca herself….

Introducing new twists to the unique magical system of Spellwright and uncovering more sinister dangers, Spellbound is sure to please Blake Charlton’s fans and earn him new ones.


I love a good book and when I originally read the first story by Blake, Spellwright, I found a world that was novel, was innovative and was also a tale that glued me to a world that was solidly built. What this, the second book does for the reader is continue to build on what has gone before, brings a lead character that has a disability to the fore and whilst a lot of his struggles are personal, the overall arc really takes the tale to a new level.

For me, this is one of my favourite new fantasy series and as such it’s one that not only deserves but should demand the readers time, finally wrap that up in a whole world of imagination that marks this author as one to watch and it’s a title that really has left me with a thirst for more.

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