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Spell Bound

(Otherworld #12)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  14,381 ratings  ·  802 reviews
The #1 "New York Times" bestselling author sets the stage for a battle of epic proportions.

Savannah Levine is all grown up. As a witch endowed with an array of spells, she is also a force to be reckoned with. As a paranormal investigator she is finally coming into her own. But her last case tore a family apart, and Savannah swore she'd give up her powers to fix the mess sh
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, 2011
Just finished this very early ARC of Spell Bound and I truly hope it will be worked on some more. For now my thoughts are: this installment is rather messy and anticlimactic.

The novel starts with Savannah and Adam investigating the loss of Savannah's spell-casting powers and learning more about witch-hunters introduced in Waking The Witch. Eventually however all the trails lead to something huge, something that puts the whole supernatural community in danger.

The thing is, we never actually find
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Stuffing people into boxes is for those who have issues about their own box.”

The weakest of the three final Savannah books, it was slapped with a 3.5 rating because of a few issues that can't be shaken. Because the story elements were focused on so heavily, the regular characters came off flat.

Being in Savannah's head isn't as unique experience as I'd hoped, but she's a decent heroine. I wanted to see the kick-ass, ultra powerful witch when we finally got to her viewpoint, but instead the
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am buzzing about this book and what it leads up to. Amazing!!

Savannah has preceded all other characters and is undoubtedly my new favourite. She is sassy, fun, witty and boy oh boy in love! This book has everything a good book needs, good characters, romance, danger, so thrilling, and a cliffhanger that has me itching for the last book.

Book 12 of the series picks off right where we left book 11, it's quite clever actually how Armstrong intermingles the stories. Somehow I have a feeling all b
Really, Armstrong? A cliffhanger ending? BAH!

Thankfully I waited until this series was completely to pick it up, so the only wait I'll have is the two other books I need to read before I can pick up the final book in this series.

I'll be sad when I'm done. This series has been great!
Jen Davis
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Loved it so much, in fact, that it may be my very favorite Otherworld book of all time. Yes, I know that's a pretty bold statement. And not everyone will agree. After all, generally the best Otherworld books are Elena books and I'm the first person to say so. But what makes this book so fantastic is that even though Savannah is the narrator, it brings everyone together. Savannah, Adam, Paige, Lucas, Hope, Karl, Elena, Clay, Jeremy, Jamie, Benicio, Troy, Griffin, Sean, Bryce, K ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Really disappointed with this. I've read other books in the series and liked them. I was excited to see Savannah as the lead character here in "Spell bound" but this book was a mess.

It started off being about Savannah feeling guilty about whatever happened in the previous book, then some unknown entity stripped her of her witch powers, then there was some bit with her being targeted by a family of witch hunters, followed by her getting kidnapped by a group obsessed with exposing Supernaturals .
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I hate Cliff Hangers.

That said, I did like this book. The pacing was good and action packed. Savannah as the narrator is sometimes annoying, but that is a major character trait of hers. The dialog between characters was snappy and engaging. While the story is intense, the sarcastic humor keeps it from becoming too dark.

I would have to classify this as more YA urban fantasy, unlike the other additions to Women of the Otherworld. This book and the previous book have been about Savannah coming of a
Wren (fablesandwren)
Women of the Otherworld Series
(001) ★★★★★ F&WGR Bitten
(002) ★★★★★ F&WGR Stolen
(003) ★★★★★ F&WGR Dime Store Magic
(004) ★★★★☆ F&WGR Industrial Magic
(005) ★★★☆☆ F&WGR Haunted
(006) ★★☆☆☆ F&WGR Broken
(007) ★★★☆☆ F&WGR No Humans Involved
(008) ★★☆☆☆ F&WGR Personal Demon
(009) ★★☆☆☆ F&WGR Living with the Dead
(010) ★★★★☆ F&WGR Frostbitten
(011) ★★★☆☆ F&WGR Waking the Witch
(012) ☐☐☐☐☐ GR Spell Bound
(013) ☐☐☐☐☐ GR Thirteen

Pam Nelson
Swear to god this book will not let you turn it off, it is that good. What is Savannah known for in all her book? Her ability to cast spells at the drop of a hat. Take that away and what do you think you get?


It is fast paced it has you hanging on the edge of your seat. You are rooting for her and so much happens it’s fantastic. I loved the whole story, not one part I would change.
I want more… we will see what happens in the next one.

Again Loved the narration.
Spell Bound
3 Stars

Series note: This is book 12 in the series, but the 2nd focusing on Savannah Levine. The plot continues directly from where the previous book ended, so it is recommended that it be read in order for the backstory.

Unfortunately, Savannah's story arc does not live up to its potential. The character development is non-existent; the plot is a convoluted mess of intertwined threads that rely excessively on remembering details from the first 12 books in the series, and the hints at
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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I may have a girl crush on Savannah! This is the second book with her as the narrator, and I just love her! I love her personality, her spunk. She starts to do some growing up in this book. First of all, picking up right where Waking the Witch left off, she doesn't have any powers. And this is not the best time to be left without them as she is still dealing with a witch hunter.

But that is not the only threat her and Adam are facing in this book. Some of
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
I loved this installment! There was a lot more happening then the last book as plot progresses and events are set in motion for the big finale in the next book! Savannah does a lot more growing up in this book as well and is now making a conscious effort not to run when things get tough emotionally but to face up to the consequences of her actions and face her fears more.
The result is that towards the end I think Adam is looking at her in a different light then normal cause for once she's apolog
Sandy S
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
SPELLBOUND (Women of the Otherworld #12) by Kelley Armstrong


Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she's powerless to help herself. At the heartbreaking conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would prevent further pain for a young orphan. 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
Alyssa Nelson
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Petula Darling
Aug 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Wow - what a disappointment!
I usually give books from this series 4-5 stars, but this one was just terrible. The story sprawled out of control - there were too many characters in it and none got a decent storyline of their own (well Savannah got plenty of paper, but I wouldn't call her storyline a decent one since it was too preachy and she was too annoying). The supernatural world has gotten so vast and required so many explanations that the story didn't flow well. The Big Bad was a bit too big
Accurate depiction of me during every Adam/Savannah interaction:

(Unoriginal, I know, but IT'S TRUE.)
Lisa Kessler
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow I loved this book!!!

There is a supernatural war coming and this book just boiled it up to the edge... can't wait for the next book!!!

Not to mention Savannah and Adam finally... I won't spoil it... Great read! :)
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have had this book sitting on my shelves for way too long. I LOVE this series, so not reading the final two books is just wrong. So wrong. Anyway, finally got around to it. It is great. Savannah is not my favorite, but she is growing up and has to learn the hard way here. Many of the characters are involved. Things are nuts.
Now if I could find my copy of Thirteen, all would be ok. Because I now MUST finish and find out what happens. Enough of this nonsense. Unfortunately, it must be in a pile
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sexy, smart, and action-packed! Kelley Armstrong is truly one of the greats in this genre."
-Richelle Mead, author of the bestselling Vampire Academy series

"Kelley Armstrong's bewitching ability to entertain remains as strong as ever."

"Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld goes beyond standard paranormal fiction . . . moving from one set of characters to another through the books, yet intertwining their stories to provide a rich background for the readers."
-San Franc
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


Kelley Armstrong’s Spell Bound is the Twelfth installment in the Women of the Otherworld series. It picks up right where Waking the Witch left off with Savannah Levine somehow having lost her powers after wishing she could do something to help a little girl named Kayla. Obviously, you need to read Waking the Witch to understand what I’m referring to.

In Spell Bound, there's a group of supernaturals called Immortality questers, who feel it is time for them
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Spell Bound is book 12 in the Women of the Otherworld series and takes place immediately after Waking the Witch. It’s also a hard one to talk about since it serves to ramp things up for the final book of the series. After her adventure in Waking the Witch, Savannah discovers that her powers have disappeared at the worst moment. Witch hunters are after her and the Supernatural Liberation Movement, an organization bent on exposing supernaturals, is trying to recruit her. Without her magic, Savanna ...more
Maria Hill AKA MH Books
I dont know why but I could not bring myself to finish this after loving all the other books in the series.
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-witches
If you've loved the Women of the Otherworld series up to this point, as I have, you will quite simply be amazed by Spell Bound. This book takes the series to unforeseen levels of danger, intrigue, action and romance. Everything that has come before culminates into something completely epic in Spell Bound, leading us to the final book in the series.

I've always loved the way Kelley Armstrong has rotated main characters in the Women of the Otherworld series, allowing readers to really get to know t
Spell Bound is an entertaining addition to the Women of the Otherworld series. It had an eventful plot with appearances from characters from past books- my favorite character, Clay, shows up which made me very happy and he gets to use his werewolf muscles to save Savannah who has lost her magical powers.

There is a lot of Savannah and Adam- Savannah's gorgeous, half-demon, best friend, and love intrest. The romance fan in me wanted more sexual tension and well sex between Savannah and Adam but it
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I LOVED this book. A perfect mix of action, great characterization, lots of humor and some on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments.
Savannah had some lessons to learn in this book and she learned them the hard way. Death and destruction, lots of angst and a telling off by Clayton Danvers... the girl doesn't have it easy.

Spell Bound has a great plot which ties the last book to the overal series' arch, has great cameos of pretty much all of the Otherworld characters who each have a significant role to p
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved to reread this book, and everything that happened, from the witch hunters, to SLAM, and the dead demon expert who was told to summon Lucifer, and yeah, lots of traveling going on!

*First read March 14th 2012*
Great, great book, Savannah has some really tough times, and she grows through the book-being told to be mature helped, and yeah, lots of action, movement, and it was just a great book! Can't wait to read the 13th, called 13, and I think it's the last one in the series! Yep.
This book gets three stars for two reasons.

1) Sean. (I LOVE YOU, SEAN!!!!!)
2) Aaron and Cassandra flirting.

Otherwise, it's just a really exposition heavy book that I still don't entirely get the need for.
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Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a fair few years since I read the earlier books to this series but now I'm back to finish the rest of the series.

I found this thoroughly enjoyable, it was great to lose myself in the Otherworld again. I loved seeing the connection play out between Adam and Savannah, it's clear to see that they work well together and have such chemistry for each other.

I also loved being able to reacquaint myself with previous characters especially Elena, Clay, Jeremy, Paige and Lucas.

It was quite a ro
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
The series is heading into some sort of ending with this close knit plot from the last two books and I suspect the next one to reach its end game outcome. Even if it is doubtful that all of the books were leading to this in a planned manner from the start, the author manages to use its vast arsenal of characters and supernatural-verse to gather them all for the final fight. Given the history from previous books, the outcome almost never comes out all for the best, it is hard not to start doing t ...more
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a

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Otherworld (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, #2)
  • Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #3)
  • Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld, #4)
  • Haunted (Women of the Otherworld, #5)
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  • No Humans Involved (Women of the Otherworld, #7)
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