Spellbound by Kelley Armstrong



(Women of the Otherworld, #12)

Savannah Levine is all grown up. As a witch endowed with an array of spells, she is also a force to be reckoned with. As a paranormal investigator she is finally coming into her own. But her last case tore a family apart, and Savannah swore she'd give up her powers to fix the mess she helped create. Someone--or something--must have been listening. Powerless and on the run from witch-hunting assassins, Savannah stumbles upon a gathering storm that threatens the very existence of the Otherworld. The danger is real, and Savannah must somehow join forces with old friends like Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, and Hope to face their world's greatest threat--and one that just might come from within.

“Stuffing people into boxes is for those who have issues about their own box.”

The weakest of the three final Savannah books, it was slapped with a 3.5 rating because of a few issues that can't be shaken. Because the story elements were focused on so heavily, the regular characters came off flat.

Being in Savannah's head isn't as unique experience as I'd hoped, but she's a decent heroine. I wanted to see the kick-ass, ultra powerful witch when we finally got to her viewpoint, but instead the author chose to remove most of her powers to humble her. Would have been cool as a side story but not when she's in the lead. Now she has to depend on other people and not reveal the neat mixture I'm sure is existing in her blood of witch, sorcerer and half-demon. Instead we get the human version who is powerless. Kind of disappointing.

As I've said in a few other reviews, I looked forward to finally seeing Adam as large character and love interest. He was amusing and daring in the second book of the series and has been seen little since. He was advertised as having a rare, strong power and a quirky personality. Finally on stage, he comes across rather bland and vanilla. His powers seem to wear out quickly and do one-dimensional shots. Their relationship isn't steamy or strong compared to Elaina/Clay, Paige/Lucas, nor does it have the sweet comfort feel that Jaime/Jeremy do. He bails a little easy and comes across kind of a jerk a few times in the story.

The storyline was good but it fizzled a bit because it is more filler material, a bridge between books, building off of the last book but not yet at the final book where the main conflict and resolution will happen.

It needs to be read if reading in the order because it shows the continued developments that will finish this series, and you do get other series characters rejoining the battle. Not the best one but definitely good.


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