Spellbound (Women of the Otherworld #12) – Building to a climax
Book 12 in Kelley Armstrong’s successful series is shaping the plot for a big finale. Like book 11, Waking the Witch, the focus is still on Savannah Levine, a witch (not surprisingly) with unique powers. Her powers led to catastrophic events in the prior novel; they were so terrible that she decided to give up her powers for good. Unfortunately she did it at the wrong time. The enemies are more formidable than ever, threatening her and the whole Otherworld as they know it. To prevail she will have to call upon a number of old friends, and even then it may not be enough.
While I felt as if book 11 stood on its own pretty well, this particular novel practically requires having read the prior novels. While I wasn’t completely lost, I felt as if there was a lot I missed out on. Because of this I don’t think I can give a concise review, but I will try anyway.
There are a number of cameo appearances from what I assume are past characters. Not being quite attached to their back stories made it a little more difficult to connect to the characters. I love characters with a lot of personality, and while I think the other ones had some, I didn’t get to see it develop over the course of their respective novel, so it’s a little lost on me at this point. It’s not very good either because their plot lines appear to be converging in this book.
For what I can relate to, it’s pretty apparent that Savannah and Adam love-interest angle is not going to be a walk in the park. This book isn’t really the place where it flourishes best. I have a feeling that Armstrong will save any kind of pay off for the last book. It is just a matter of patience on the reader’s part.
Savannah experiences her own personal growing pains as she deals with being powerless. One questions her decision to want to give them up knowing that there are dangers out there and no matter the tragedy, it’s always best to protect oneself,.
There are a lot of loose ends, so brace yourself for a cliffhanger. But on the plus side, the final book is now available so there’s no need to wait. Hopefully by next year I can start this series from the top. I may read this one again to see if it gives me a different impression.
*Review copy provided by publisher