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Spellbound (Spellwright #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,457 Ratings  ·  126 Reviews
In a world where one's magical prowess is determined by one's skill with words and ability to spell, Nicodemus is a wizardly apprentice afflicted by a curse that causes him to misspell magical texts. Now, the demon who cursed him has hatched a conspiracy to force Nicodemus to change language and ultimately use it to destroy all human life. As Nico tries to thwart the demon ...more
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Published September 13th 2011 by Tor Books (first published August 1st 2011)
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Egads, I had to do math to figure out the rating for this and I resent that. Because, like Teen Talk Barbie, I think math is hard.
Anyhow, Blake, please don't read this one either. It's just not a good idea.'s why math was involved. I kept having to break the book down into pieces. There was the first third, then the second half of the second third, then the first three eighths of the final third and the next eighth and then the following two was really hard, ok? Fractions
Well what can I say.

Normally I'm reluctant to go the full five stars with a book (well, not that reluctant but I rarely give entire series all fives unless I absolutely love them). However when I finished this brilliant follow up to Spellwright I had to award another five stars.

Blake Charlton may not be receiving the accolades of Pat Rothfuss but I would encourage every true fantasy lover to engage in this series and read it. Both are equally deserving up and comers in the genre from what I've r
Spellbound is an improvement over Spellwright. It’s got the same fun feel, and the same loveable characters, but there’s a level of maturity, depth and growth in Spellbound that really makes it fly high. Charlton has made his mark. I am excited to see where he can take us next.

Read my full review here:
Ranting Dragon
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Set ten years after the events in Spellwright, Nicodemus has left the Heaven Tree Valley and is now in the city of Avel, still pursuing the demon Typhon in an attempt to recover the Emerald of Aarahest, which contains the other part of his soul and the cure to his cacography. With it, he will be able to become the Halycon—a prophesied savior of magical language—instead of what he is now, the Storm Petrel—a prophesied destroyer of magical language. He’s det
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Spellbound is right up there with my most entertaining novels so far this year. Blake Charlton puts the pedal to the metal from the get go, and doesn't let off until the last word is written. The book really has a bit of everything, interesting magic system, cool and fun characters, great action, some comedy, drama, romance, tragedy, horror, good dialogue and banter, etc. It's simply a fun and entertaining read from the get go, and I'm sure few will be d
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
This book is so much fun. It starts with the rush of action and exhilaration with which most fantasy stories end. We've all read enough of them to know the formula - slow pace methodically building up to the fantastic finish, the finish the author wrote the book to get to, the beginning and middle just being that annoying necessity. Mr. (Dr.?) Charlton kicks that standard template in the ass and provides a 400 page rush. I enjoyed every second of it.

The story picks up 10 years after Spellwright
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
Blake Charlton's debut novel Spellwright (review) made my top five books read in 2010 list last year, so me buying Spellbound was a given. Unfortunately I had to wait until I got to go Sinterklaas shopping to get it, so I didn't get to read it immediately on publication, to my great chagrin. But, I made up for that by reading it in two sittings and wow, was it great to return to the world Charlton has created! Spellbound is set ten years after the events of Spellwright and as such, life in the S ...more
Candice T
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those of you who have seen my review of Spellwright, the first book in the series, will know that my journey into the series started when I noticed Spellbound sitting in the university second-hand bookstore. From the moment I noticed this book I knew I had to get in on the series. It was screaming out to me. A magical world based up words, with a dyslexic protagonist – of course, I would be game. Thus, getting my hands on book one became of vital importance.

As soon as it was in my hands, the boo
Kai Mundwiler
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been lax on writing this review. I don't know if it's because I wanted to take time to let the book settle before I talked about it or if I was just lazy. (probably a bit of both)

The book was good. On many different levels, good. It was immediately visible that Charlton had taken his game to the next level and it helped the story out from beginning to end. Charlton's profession as a medical doctor also contributed positively to the story, giving a fantastical story a real life anchor that p
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
*4.5 stars*

first 100 pages, i wasn't sure about this one. technical -- and rather geeky -- descriptions of exactly how the wind magic works had me wondering if #2 was not going to live up to the spectacular promise of #1,
but by 200 pages, the humor and the plot had both caught hold and sailed aloft. (sorry, couldn't resist.) seriously, though, there were entire passages of dialogue that had me clutching my sides and snorting. if i had the time to transcribe a bunch more favorite quotes from this
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I quite enjoyed this book, and the beginning was made all the more better by including a brief synopsis of part of the first book, which allowed me to recall other parts of the story and better place what was occurring in context. The action built up slowly, introducing some new characters, and reusing some old ones, and then it seemed to drag through the second half of the book. It stopped dragged when it finally reached the climax, which was riveting, and then the resolution which wrapped up s ...more
S.J. Higbee
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This epic fantasy adventure is about magical systems and how those imbued with magic have to cope with the way it bends and warps their lives in unimaginable ways. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book or series where the rules of magic are so pervasive and have so many unthinkable and frightening consequences. Charlton’s febrile mind has worked out a system where words and will create spells – but what if different spellcasters regard others from different systems with suspicion and fear? What if ...more
Andrew Liptak
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A disclaimer: a copy of this book was provided by Blake, who had consulted me at one point about the military elements of the story.

Blake Charlton’s second novel has remained one of my more anticipated books of the year, ever since I set aside his first, Spellwright. Set ten years after the events of his first novel, Spellbound picks up the action and world nicely, proving to be an entertaining and enthralling read, while avoiding the pitfalls of the dreaded sophomore slump.

When we last left Nic
Leontii  Cristea
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blake Charlton’s Spellbound featured in my recent “Best of 2011” post, however, I’d not yet finished the book, and had I written that list when I had, it may well have been awarded a higher ranking than it was.

Spellbound returns to the cast of Spellwright—ten years after the events that took place. The cast from the first book return—Nicodemus Weal, Deidre, Magister Shannon—and continue their plight to prevent the Disjunction, whilst keeping Nicodemus safe, now exiled from Starhaven and his stud
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Spellbound, the second in an epic fantasy trilogy, is far better and more fascinating than Spellwright (the first book). I couldn't put it down. Thankfully, I had long layovers and a delay (I’ve never been thankful for a delay before, which gives you an idea of how much I loved this book) and I read all in one day!

It is one of the best fantasy books I've read the past two years. Charlton has improved as a writer and that blessing is evident throughout this book. His world building is better and
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This incredibly sarcastic, incredibly witty, and just plain incredible heroine made this story 100% worthwhile. Her wordplays had me cracking up; her strange and awkward way of coping with situations struck me as very original and believable. The settings were very interesting, especially aboard the jargon-enhanced flying rigs of the heirophants, but I did feel that some descriptions were recycled a number of times throughout the book (concerning the city and the kites). A number of superb plot ...more
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've tried to keep spoilers out of this blurb, but it turned out to be a bit more difficult than I thought. So, in case you haven't read Spellbound yet, I would encourage you not to read my ranting ;-p

I finally finished reading Spellbound! I loved it! I hope this doesn't come across either rude or fanboy-ish, but I was truly surprised :)
The beginning had me all kinds of confused and uncertain, but once THOSE two met, it completely and utterly got me hooked. I don't claim any vast
Diana Thayer
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this, and thought that it was better than Spellwright (though I enjoyed that novel too.) I appreciated the numerous medical interpolations - they're clinically very interesting - and Words and ideas associated with communication, writing, linguistics and text are treated very uniquely and with both a medical and compassionate feel (from individual experience, it seems.) I also enjoyed the puns!

In some respects I thought that the interaction and character/relationship development
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As a sequel should, Spellbound ramps up the story from Spellwright, and smooth over many of its faults. I still find the foreshadowing and pacing weak at times, though much improved. We get to see more of the rich and intriguing world and magic system, and the word play is top notch. I really liked the characters, though I wish there had been more from Nicodemus's point of view. Though it felt predictable, I really enjoyed how the ending played out as well.

The book is surprisingly stand alone, t
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(I imagine I'm at least partially conflating my fondness for this book with my fondness for its author, but a little star inflation never hurt anyone.)

I read Blake's first book because he's a friend, an was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying it on its own merits. The sequel is even better: he's clearly grown as a writer during the interval, which made this one even more legitimately pleasurable to read than the first. He's grown as a student of medicine, too -- his choice of a physicia
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been eagerly awaiting this book, after reading the first in the series 'Spellwright' last year, and I am definitely not disappointed.
When I first started it, I was initially dubious about whether it was going to be as good as the first one, as I struggled to get into the story as quickly as I had first time around. This may have partially been my own impatience with wanting to know what had happened since the end of the last book, coupled with the jump forward in time which I had not been
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me three months to the day to read this book. Do not take that as an indicator of the quality, but rather as an indicator of the agonies of my job. I finished the book at just before 3AM, sitting on my kitchen floor. That should be an indicator.

Spellbound is definitely a level up from Spellwright. Everything Spellwright did well--fun characters, unique plot, witty humor--Spellbound does better.

At times, I got confused by the politics, but that's pretty standard for me.

At times, the wit g
Nicola Higgins
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realise that this book was the second in a series until I got it home from the library. However, it didn't matter, because anything important from the previous book was mentioned when it was relevant to the storyline.

The parallels between spelling (as in using the correct letters in a word) and spelling (as in magic) are so obvious in retrospect that it surprises me that I've never seen it done before. The use of what is essentially a dyslexic wizard fit right into the feel of the book
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DISCLAIMER: Blake is awesome, and I hope he's wildly successful with this trilogy.

As for the book...
I really liked his first book, Spellwright, and re-read it in preparation for this one. It was totally worth it!

This book was so enjoyable, I found myself sleep deprived at the end of last week because for several nights in a row, when I picked the story up before going to bed, I couldn't put it down.

The main characters drew me in. The magic is fantastical in a refreshing and unique way (as far as
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I'm a big fan of Blake Charlton.
So .. I lied. I'm giving this 5 stars not 4. It sounds sort of corny, but I really enjoyed the romance in this book. The story and the dialogue was captivating similar to the knightly romances so well liked by Nico. The book occurs ten years after the first, so there are new characters and even the old characters have developed. I hope Blake keeps writing, whether in this world or the next.
Suzanne Johnson
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while I find a fantasy world so different it blows me away, and Blake Charlton’s world of magic where spells are woven with words and (be still my beating geek heart) grammatical devices is one of them. Don’t let the old-fashioned dungeons-and-dragonslike cover fool you. This one’s sharp and hip and not to be missed.

My full review will post at on Friday, Oct. 28.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This exciting sequel to Spellwright is even better than the original. It continues the story of Nicodemus Weal, who can undo magic by "mis-spelling" spells, with his adventures in a new city. It introduces a new heroine, Francesca, who heals with magic. Add a demon, airships, and even a "dragon" to the mix. The result is a book that I could not put down.
Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it
A very solid second novel. Charlton communicates emotion well, has characters you can empathize with, and has an excellent magic system in place. The only area I felt could use a little more attention was in the communication of some of the plot points.

Overall, I enjoyed Spellbound, and I am looking forward to reading his next few books.
Miquel Codony
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A part de A Dance With Dragons, que és l'únic jugador a la seva lliga, Spellbound ha estat el millor llibre de fantasia (no cifi) que he llegit aquest any, que no és dir poc. També ha estat una sorpresa perquè Spellwright, la primera part, no em va entusiasmar especialment. La progressió és espectacular.
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Blake Charlton is now a proud dyslexic, but as a boy he hated the condition that kept him effectively illiterate. He learned to read fluently by sneaking fantasy novels into seventh grade special-ed study hall. Since then he has been (in no particular order) a JV football coach, an undergraduate at Yale University, bald, a high school English teacher, a chronically semi-employed writer, a special ...more
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“[Francesca] 'You really are a few biscuits short of breakfast.'
His eyebrows furrowed in confusion.
'You're a few colors shy of a rainbow?' she offered. 'Not pulling a full wagon? Knitting with only one needle? All foam and no beer? Your cheese slid off the cracker? You couldn't pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel?'
[Nicodemus] 'All right. I get it.”
“[Nicodemus] 'Magistra DeVega, can I ask for your help?'

[DeVega] 'You can ask,' she said with her usual calmness, 'but the clerics haven't developed a cure for death by idiotic leadership.”
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