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(Spellcaster #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,013 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive's Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth...or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia's magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn't know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerab ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by HarperTeen (first published March 1st 2014)
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Wrigley It's the opposite: it's pure magic, good in every way. Dark magic is maleficent, but white magic is malevolent.

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Jun 26, 2013 marked it as to-read
Now that's a pretty cover!

Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

Wow, what an explosive follow-up to SPELLCASTER! STEADFAST had me on my toes, anticipating the next move in this vicious cycle of good versus evil!

This second installment is by far my favorite in the series so far! And the way this book ended, it's set-up for an EPIC conclusion in the next book! (I think it's going to be the last book?)


Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine are reveling in their victory over the dark Sorceress Elizabeth. Until the unthinkable happens! She's back, and she's mo
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ZWARTKRACHT. Hoewel ik deel 1 al heel goed vond, is deel 2 nog veel beter! Het verhaal gaat direct verder op het einde van het eerste deel. Gelukkig werden er dingen herhaald, want ik had niet álle details onthouden.

Ook in dit deel lees je mee met Nadia, Mateo, Verlaine en Elizabeth. Nadia is nog steeds in strijd met Elizabeth, een Tovenares die het stadje Captive's Sound al jaaaaaren in haar greep houdt.

In dit deel leer je allerlei nieuwe personages kennen die allemaal een goede toevoeging zijn
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Elizabeth offers to teach Nadia witchcraft, as she no longer has her mother to teach her, but Nadia knows that that would be tantamount to giving up her own soul too, even if she knows it might be the only way to stop her.
Elizabeth meanwhile is killing people with black goo, and putting demons inside dead bodies to do her bidding.
Can Nadia stop Elizabeth? And why did her mother leave her anyway?

I didn’t have much hope for this book after reading the first one,
Nicole - Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die-
Verlaine and Asa are OTP stars

I have to say the follow up to Spellcaster did make it's mark on my shelf. I really liked how Steadfast got right into from what happened at the end of Spellcasters, and I also love the new character Claudia has brought to life in the second book instead of them being secondary characters. Also we get a follow up on why her mom left her whole family in the first place and it's a big surprise. We also get to see how the trio acts when darkness that is descendi
Maryam Dinzly
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Calms my beating heart*


Okay, firstly, AMAZING BOOK. SUCH AN AMAZING BOOK. This book is the continuation to the first book, Spellcaster, and I have to admit I'm starting to love this amazing series. Quite sad that the book 3 is finally out (YES, IT IS, GET IT ON AMAZON NOW), because it's gonna end soon. If you've read Spellcaster, you would have a hint of what's going on in this series. Nadia is a witch. And she's trying to save the whole town, and possibly the whole world, from the

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Endlich kann Nadia aufatmen: In der Nacht von Halloween ist die dunkle Zauberin Elizabeth in den Flammen umgekommen. Und in Mateo hat sie nicht nur ihre große Liebe gefunden, sondern auch einen treuen Verbündeten. Mit ihm verbindet sie ein magisches Band, das ihr neue Kräfte verleiht. Aber es gibt noch so viel, was sie über die Hexenkunst lernen muss. Und plötzlich kehrt auch noch Elizabeth zurück! Sie hat nicht nur einen Dämon mitgeb
Nelly Alikyan
The best part about this entire novel was the kindling romance between Asa and Verlaine!
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)
Actual Rating: 1.5 Stars

See below: How Nadia and Mateo deal with problems.

Step 1: Question EVERYTHING. Because Lord knows you don’t understand ANYTHING.

Step 2: Break down.

Step 3: Realize you don’t know anything. And that the bad guys know everything.

Step 4: Cry some more. Maybe the ocean your tears make will wash away all your problems. (Might as well try; it’s not like you’ve got a better idea.) This includes Nadia falling into Mateo in broken sobs, because good gosh, guess what folks, all this
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If the book had continued on in the same fashion as the first half, I would have rated this book three stars, maybe two. The beginning was almost torture to get through. I wanted to skip over the parts that Nadia or Mateo narrated. Their relationship is sooo boring to me, I can't stand it. I hate that they love each other so intensely after knowing each other for only, what, three months?? It's ridiculous, and every time they narrate it's nothing but cringe worthy sappiness. It's not even good r ...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 2/4/14:

I really enjoyed the first installment of this series and was lucky enough to receive an ARC. I liked being able to dive right into this one without having to wait countless months. Sadly, this one ends on a HUGE cliffhanger so now I'm waiting for the next one. That wait is bound to be painful.

Like many sophomore novels in a series, this novel provides a lot of answers from the first novel and explains a lot of details
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

What I remember most from Spellcaster is the beginning followed by the ending. It was a great beginning, which I loved, whilst the ending left me a little unbalanced. Steadfast also has a terrific beginning which sets the tone of the book. And again, the ending left me somewhat unbalanced.

It began at the graveyard and ended in a ruin. It was an exciting beginning, at which pace the story was kept then was ramped up for the last 100 pages; I really couldn’t put it down and had to finish
@ P.S. I love that book!

EXPECTATIONS: So I started a few series of Claudia Gray just to see if her other books are as great as Firebird and Defy the Stars. I didn't real like Evernight because of that teen vampires trope but Spellcaster series were about witches and you all know I read anything about them so of we go onto a second book of Spellcaster series.

THE WORLD: In this book we focus on a small town in a middle of nowhere with as little population as it gets. Very much Vampire Diaries and
Nicole Wang
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this unsolicited, and I was a bit anxious going into it. I wasn't the biggest fan of Spellcaster, but I hadn't hated it, so I honestly didn't know how I'd feel about Steadfast (even if the cover was pretty!) Thankfully, I actually loved this one, though maybe not as much as I could've or wanted to.

The biggest problem I had with this story was the POV issue. We saw the story through the point of view of almost every single character that had some kind of role in the story. Sometimes they'd
Nancy Kelley
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Spellcaster was my surprise favourite last year, and I've been waiting to see what would happen in Captive's Sound ever since. I ended my review by saying that it ended as all first books do, with the hero thinking she's won and the villain knowing she had.

In Steadfast, Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine learn the full extent of Elizabeth's plan. Several things you might have thought were irrelevant in Spellcaster become extremely important. Verlaine, the friend cursed so nobody can see her, finally me
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mit Schrecken müssen Nadia, Mateo und Verlaine feststellen, dass Elisabeth doch nicht in dem Feuer zu Halloween umgekommen ist. Nicht nur dass, sie hat sich einen Dämonen beschworen, der ihr bei ihren Plänen helfen soll. Nadia ist zwar eine mächtige Hexe, nur völlig untrainiert. Um so schockierte ist sie, als Elisabeth ihr anbietet, sie zu unterrichtet. Das kommt für Nadia auf keinen Fall in Frage.

Der 2. Teil schließt nahtlos an den 1. Teil an. Direkt zu Anfang erfahren die 3 Freunde, dass Elisa
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
As always, this is a SPOILER FREE review. There are too many plot twists and spoilers that I will NOT mention anything specific so that I don't spoil anything for anyone.


I love it when a series picks up right where it left off, and gives you just enough to refresh your memory of the important parts that happened previously, but doesn't retell the entire first book. Claudia Gray does a great job at diving right back into her exciting series. Nadia, Mateo and Verlaine have alread
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, ya
3.5 stars
A big improvement over the first book, but still not quite there.
I don't know whether this is good or bad that the character I liked the most and that should have been more developed(as well as Verlaine) is Asa, the demon. He was interesting, his intentions not clear, his actions for his own purposes and yet, I felt more for him that for the others. Not sure if that was intended, but that is how I felt about that character.
When writing a good versus evil story, I think it takes a lot aw
Emily Mead
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it
You can read my full review, complete with awesome GIFs, right here.

I didn’t like Steadfast as much as Spellcaster. The middle was a bit muddy, and I would have liked a LOT more explanation – it’s like there was a promise from the last book to explain things and they were STILL left open-ended. And it’s the kind of cliff-hanger ending where I probably wouldn’t mind not reading the next one…you know, it’s not that BURNING DESIRE to read on, if you know what I mean.

That said, I liked it enough to
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and Sweet:

Steadfast is an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable sequel to Spellcaster! This book is full of twisty and unexpected reveals! Steadfast explores the questions we're left with in Spellcaster (book 1) and builds so much intrigue for book 3; which, in my humble opinion, is shaping up to be the best installment yet!

To Elaborate...

The story begins right where it left off in Spellcaster. Nadia, Mateo and Verlaine are feeling a false sense of security after a believed victory over Eliza
Lauraelisabeth (fashion-by-the-book)
Full review at

I received a copy of this book in exchanged for a honest review. In no way did the author or publishing company influence my review.

I hadn’t read the first book (terrible of me, I know. Basically breaking the first rule of bookworms.) so I didn’t know what to expect. This book was such an amazing surprise. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good!

Steadfast is the sequel to Spellcaster by Claudia Gray. It follows the story of Nadia, a teenage witch, and he
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars or 4... I don't know...
It was a terrifying and depressing and crazy second book... Review to come!


Okay 4 star... Decided.

WOW. This book. Hey Book, do you want to kill me? All that confusion, panic, revelations. Yeah maybe you do... I just realized that it was Verlaine on the cover! The first one was Nadia so... the last must be Mateo. AWESOME. Or maybe Asa...

I really did enjoy this one. It was a fun, depressing quick read. I didn't know fun and depressing could exist together...
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having survived the Halloween fire, Nadia, Mateo and Verlaine are hoping to move on in a wonderful dark magic free world. But dark witches don't give up so fast and they find themselves once again fighting the evil Elizabeth. The odd thing is, Elizabeth wants Nadia to join her. Huh?

I love Claudia Gray. This book is no exception. It is young adult so there is the teen angst thing. But mostly it deals with the problems they face fighting to save the town and themselves. Moral dilemmas abound and I
Erin Wienand
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Steadfast was a great follow up to Spellcaster! Most of the characters felt multi-dimensional and fleshed out and the plot moved very swiftly. The action started from page one and didn't let up until the last page. And that ending...I saw it coming but I still wasn't really prepared for it. I like the sacrifices that Nadia makes to protect her family and friends and I cannot wait for book 3! The only problem I had with it was at times it felt like some of the characters didn't quite act their ag ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trilogies, read-2014
I definitely liked this one more than Spellcaster. I am also curious about the fact that even though the book is called Steadfast, that is clearly Verlaine on the cover. So who exactly is this book supposed to be about?

Verlaine has always been my favourite in this series, she is an amazing person with great style and fantastic hair!

We gets lots of answers in this one and it certainly sets things up for a massive conclusion... (although part of me already thinks this is going to be a love conquer
Katrina Lyn
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series really topped my Favorites! I loved all the characters! I am pretty certain the cover of the book 1 is Nadia and this book was Verlaine. I am suspecting the book 3 is going to be Elizabeth. I am really excited! And about that demon Asa, even though he's a demon the book gave a hint with him getting interested in Verlaine or whatsoever which makes me think of him ending up with Verlaine. Who knows? but this is really a good book! Perfect for people who are looking for magic-related wi ...more
Georgia Beyers
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After all the missing bits from spellcaster had fallen into place in this book the whole story made much more sense. Nothing like reading a first book and then having a long gap before you read the second, like coming home to old friends, and that is the telling tale in whether the writer gave you characters that stayed with you over time and jumped off the page and back into your heart as you opened the pages of the next book. I like Claudia Grays characters more than her plots which sometimes ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai adoré ce second tome! Il est totalement à la hauteur du premier! D'emblée on replonge dans cette ambiance mystérieuse, de magie noire, à l'ambiance pesante mais tellement prenante! Quel plaisir de retrouver Nadia, Mateo et Verlaine! Ce trio est vraiment très chouette, chaque personnage apporte quelque chose à l'histoire. La grosse surprise restera Asa, que je pensais détester mais qui m'a convaincue! J'ai hâte de lire le 3è tome. La magie risque d'être à son maximum!
Colleen Houck
Oct 06, 2014 added it
Shelves: witches
Even better than the first! Absolutely loved Verlaine and Asa and their developing relationship. Wow. Thought I was a Mateo fan but I am really loving Asa! I always end up going for the bad boys it seems. Love the twist of the mom and happy I finally learned what's going on with her =)
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