Sunday, July 2, 2017

Review: Spellbinder by Thea Harrison

Title: Spellbinder
Series: Moonshadow #2
Author: Thea Harrison
Release date: July 18, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
Rating: 5 stars


From author Thea Harrison comes the latest story in the New York Times bestselling Moonshadow trilogy….

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…


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Shifters, fae, creatures, sorcerers! A bottomless well of magic and fascinating adventures! That's what you'll find in Thea Harrison's books. With her reliable wit and charm, yet again, she delivered an enchanting story that I couldn't get enough of. Characters with untold powers, awe inspiring gifts, and immeasurable courage. This book pulled me right out of my book funk from page one and took me on a wild, and fantastical ride. You do not want to miss it.

This book is about the bad guy. At least, that's what we'd been led to believe-not only in the Elder Races series, but in Moonshadow as well. Morgan Le Fae isn't a light or dark fae at all. He's the most feared and formidable sorcerer known by supernaturals and humans alike. But something told me that we wouldn't be getting a cold-blooded anti-hero, and my instincts were right.

Morgan was captured centuries ago by Queen Isabeau of the Fae Light Court, and his loved ones killed. Enslaved by stolen magic of a God, he's bound to obey any direct order by her. For hundreds of years, there has been no escape from the vile and evil deeds he has been forced to commit as her captive. As the commander of her vicious Hounds, he has been changed physically in irrevocable ways. But most devastating of all, through the loss of his free will he has lost all sense of hope and happiness. Morgan is a very stoic man, but it was clear from the very beginning the hate he held for Isabeau. The only thing he wanted more than escape was retribution.

He still felt passion, but long ago his passion had turned dark and tinged with crimson. It had died down to a single thread, a burning desire to destroy those who had laid waste to his homeland and had enslaved him. That had become his mission in life.

Unexpectedly, he's handed a brief deliverance through a fluke loop hole in the magic. So he runs, with her Hounds on his heels.

Sidonie is a brilliant and successful musician, who has the world at her feet on the stage. But when it comes to interacting with people socially, she isn't skilled, nor is she comfortable. After spending her childhood studying and practicing, it left little room for making friends. To compound her difficulties, she has OCD issues as well, so this has caused her to live inside her head a lot. It wasn't until she caught the eye (and ears) of Morgan that would shake her tidy little world upside down.

Kidnapped and taken to the queen, she endured horrors she never could have imagined. She wasn't prepared for the cruelty, prejudice against her as a human being, and the fear that clawed at her for days on end. With no knowledge of the court and how the calculating inhabitants ticked, she needed a miracle, and she needed one fast. Just as she had given up all hope, a voice came to her in the darkness. A visitor who brought comfort, food, and care. She put her trust in him, and began to gain courage that she could survive in this nightmare she had fall into.

He was the worst, most dangerous monster she could ever face down here in the dark, but he didn’t tell her that.

Sidonie and Morgan had a wonderful connection, I felt their spark immediately. She went through a lot of growth in captivity, losing her shyness and finding her strong inner core. I didn't see her as all that tough in the beginning, but her predicament made her adapt quickly. Morgan was never one you could imagine as protective in any previous books, but that's exactly what he became with this woman. He put his own tenuous freedom on the line time and again in order to be watch over her and help her survive. I absolutely loved them together, their passion and their unselfish love was amazing to see flourish in those desperate conditions.

There was tons of suspense, exciting magic, and a thrilling end that kept me on the edge of my seat. I just flew through this one, I loved every minute of it. There was an appearance from one of my all time favorite past characters, and I'm sure it will make a lot of readers happy when they get to see the little cameo. I love this detailed Elder world that Thea Harrison created, it never gets stale. With every book, it's more enriched and realitic. As long as she wants to create new inhabitants there, I will be more than happy to make their acquaintance. If you love paranormal and urban fantasy books, I highly recommend checking this series out!

He fell… he fell into her as inexorably as Icarus, who had flown too close to the sun.


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