Spell Bound (Otherworld #12) by Kelley Armstrong

Released: August 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Publisher: Random House

Source: Personal shelf

Kelley Armstrong returns with an exciting new follow-up to her national bestselling book Waking the Witch.

Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she’s powerless to help herself. At the conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would help a young girl. Little did she know that someone would take her up on that promise.

And now, witch-hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons and rogue witches all seem to be after her. The threat is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. While most of her fellow supernaturals are circling the wagons at a gathering of the council in Miami, Savannah is caught on the road, isolated from those who can protect her and unable to use her vast spell-casting talent, the thing she counts on most. In a story that will change the shape of the Otherworld forever, Spell Bound gathers Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope and others, who soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.

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Spell Bound picks up immediately after the events of Waking the Witch. Savannah has lost her powers and she’s afraid of what it means for her and her relationships with the other supernaturals in her life. She’s also on a mission to figure out who took her powers and why supernaturals are suddenly trying to come out of the closet. This means that there’s a heck of a lot of plot for the reader to chew on, especially if you’re like me and it’s been a whole year since you’ve read the last Otherworld novel. (I had every intention of re-reading Waking the Witch but there are so many good books out this summer that I didn’t take the time.) Thankfully, Kelley Armstrong does a fantastic job of reminding you what happened without giving you a dry recap.

Savannah and Adam’s will-they-or-won’t-they relationship is again front and centre in this book. Savannah still desperately wants Adam to feel more than friendship for her but, as several other people point out, she needs to grow up to be taken seriously. In fact, this need to grow up plays into not just her romantic relationships but also her friendships since losing her powers has made Savannah question her purpose and her place. I always like it when authors throw a lot of stress at their characters and Kelley Armstrong has not disappointed on this level. Savannah has to deal with all of her personal problems and try to figure out why witch-hunters and other supernaturals are all trying to get their hands on her when she’s at her most vulnerable.

There are a lot of cameos from other Otherworld characters in Spell Bound, building to the thirteenth and final (at least for now) novel of the series. In this respect, reading Spell Bound is a lot like dealing with Tolkien’s The Two Towers, since it’s clear that events are building to a climax we won’t see in this book. Nonetheless, Spell Bound does satisfy in its own right since we get answers to some questions, plus some new questions for the next book. It’s hard to talk about these plot points without giving stuff away; since the book is still relatively new, I’m going to keep silent and tell you that Spell Bound is yet another thrilling adventure from a great Canadian author and encourage you all to check out the Otherworld series as soon as possible.

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3 responses to “Spell Bound (Otherworld #12) by Kelley Armstrong”

  1. Melissa (My World...in words and pages) says :

    I started reading this series with Waking the Witch. And loved this book as well. I think as one who has not read ther rest of the series I really like the cameos with the other characters and glimpses at what happened in those stories. I have to say it really makes me want to go back and read all the other books as they sound amazing! 🙂 Wonderful review. And I’m looking forward to 13.:)

  2. jenn says :

    You should *definitely* try the rest of the books, especially the ones with Elena and the werewolves front and centre. They’re my favourites.

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