April 20, 2021

#BookReview: Spellmaker (Spellbreaker Duology #2) by @CNHolmberg

Synopsis: Dead wizards, stolen enchantments, and broken promises force a young spellbreaker out of the shadows in the next thrilling installment of the Spellbreaker series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

England, 1895. An unsolved series of magician murders and opus thefts isn’t a puzzle to Elsie Camden. But to reveal a master spellcaster as the culprit means incriminating herself as an unregistered spellbreaker. When Elsie refuses to join forces with the charming assassin, her secret is exposed, she’s thrown in jail, and the murderer disappears. But Elsie’s hope hasn’t vanished.

Through a twist of luck, the elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey helps Elsie join the lawful, but with a caveat: they must marry to prove their cover story. Forced beneath a magical tutor while her bond with Bacchus grows, Elsie seeks to thwart the plans of England’s most devious criminal—if she can find them.

With hundreds of stolen spells at their disposal, the villain has a plan—and it involves seducing Elsie to the dark side. But even now that her secret is out, Elsie must be careful how she uses the new abilities she’s discovering, or she may play right into the criminal’s hands.


Rating: 💫💫💫💫
My Review: 
This is book two in the Spellbreaker duology and it picks up right where book one ended. If you haven't read book one yet I highly recommend reading it first so you won't be lost. For me this one had quite a bit more action than the first book which did an amazing job of building the world and characters. I honestly couldn't put this one down once I started it. I was so happy to see Elsie and Bacchus's relationship grow as well as get to know some of the other characters like Ogden better. We really get to see how much they all mean to each other and consider each other family. I felt that the ending to the duology was perfect and everything was wrapped up very nicely. I'm definitely going to go back and read more from this author, I love her writing style and the worlds and characters she creates. 


“The romance between Elsie and Bacchus, combined with the fantasy of magic and good fighting evil, will appeal to fans of the previous Spellbreaker novel (Spellbreaker, 2020) and to fans of Naomi Novik or Katherine Arden’s Winternight trilogy.” Booklist (starred review)

About the Author

Charlie N. Holmberg is the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling Paper Magician series, which has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. She is also the author of the Numina series, the Spellbreaker series, and five stand-alone novels, including Magic Bitter, Magic SweetFollowed by Frost, a 2016 RITA Award finalist for Young Adult Romance; and The Fifth Doll, winner of the 2017 Whitney Award for Speculative Fiction. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, and owns too many pairs of glasses. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at www.charlienholmberg.com.

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