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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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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 m
These Violent Delights (Robin)
I enjoyed this sequel. Full Review To Come....
Sarah Elizabeth
(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,
Nemo (The ☾Moonlight☾ Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

I've been really sick - as in bedbound sick - and I don't really feel like writing a lengthy review for this audiobook, so I'll keep it brief:

For a sequel, it didn't feel like filler. I felt like every character moved forward, and the plot was original and engaging.

I loved watching the relationships between the characters advancing.

The worldbuilding was really good. I feel like I got a good grasp of the world, and I can imagine Captive So
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
May 31, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second book following the young witch Nadia as she tries to save the small town of Captive's Sound (and indirectly the world) from an infernal fate.

I found this installment much more gripping than the first book, I have to admit to literally sitting on the edge on my seat and gasping at one or two tense moments.

I've given this book 3 stars - if you hover over the stars you see that that means "I liked it". I did. This book doesn't have anything shockingly original and I think the end
Tasya Dita
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: age-ya, wizard-witch
actual rating: 3.5 stars

well, well, this is actually better than the first book! the stakes are actually higher, the character (esp. verlaine) is more fleshed out, and we got answers on some mysteries! i seemed to forget a lot about the first book though, which said a lot of how unimpressive it was. i know i said in my review that i would continue the series for Asa but I actually forgot about him until i read this book. and i love the romances so much??? it said a lot ahaha.

the beginning wasn'
Bella Bjorklund
Oct 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars. Similar to my review of the first book, my only complaint was the main couple, who I didn't hate, but didn't love. The thing that really makes this book is the plot twists, and of course, Verlaine and Asa. They are my favorite characters and favorite couple. Everything about their dynamic is amazing. This book brings back a lot of nostalgia for me, and it was really fun re-reading it. ...more
Brittany Allyn
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This kind of suffers from middle book syndrome a bit but not quite as bad as some middle books have. I really like Asa, I think he’s a fun addition to the cast and plays off Verlaine really well. I did find the truth of why Nadia’s mother abandoned her to be a bit frustrating, because it was obviously a self fulfilling prophecy, but this was still a fun book.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
It wasn’t so bad. The beginning was confusing and the characters were being weird. I actually enjoyed the progression of the characters and where they went. Their storylines expanded and I enjoyed it! The whole demon love thing...loved it (I’m rooting for you Verlaine!). Nadia and Elizabeth are kinda annoying. Like you obviously know Elizabeth is a very old evil thing! Don’t mess with her! Stick to the plan! Seems very high school which I can’t be mad about since it is YA. Overall it’s not bad a ...more
Nelly Alikyan
The best part about this entire novel was the kindling romance between Asa and Verlaine!
Alisha Brook
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Title: Steadfast
Series: Spellcaster (#2)
Author: Claudia Gray
Rating: 4 stars

Review to come.
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read
This book was fantastic, it was an excellent sequel, we learned more, and there were some interesting developments! And that ending! Can't wait to read Sorceress! ...more
This wasn’t as good as the first one, but was still really, really good. I love this woman’s writing!
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
Hannah Cassie
@ 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
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 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
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 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2014
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
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...
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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