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 c ...more
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Ever since I finished the first book, Spellbreaker, I was dying to dive into Spellmaker. Luckily, I had the eARC of the sequel to the duology and dove into it the first chance I got. I'm not going to lie, I finally got the answers to some of my confusing questions. Doesn't necessarily mean that I wasn't confused by some of the things happening in this one - because I was. It just means that I got the answers I was looking f ...more
Spellbreaker, Book 2
by Charlie N. Holmberg
This is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. A word of warning, read book one first! It has spoilers in it of book one. This is a world of complex magical systems. There are four types of magic and training needed to become a master. There is also Spellbreakers, which are gal Elsie is. All Spellmakers and Spellbreakers must be registered. Elsie is not nor has she been since age 11 when she accidentally unraveled a spel ...more
I read 'Spellmaker' & 'Spellbreaker' back to back to ensure that I understood the entire story. Elsie's arc gets a partial conclusion in this duology. The focus in Spellmaker is the conclusion of the romance as well as discovering & exposing the villain behind the various attacks.
I liked the magic system in both the books. The classes - people who can make spells as well as people who can destroy spells - is quite unique. The way the two classes combine with each other in c ...more
Having read the first one, I was anxious to see how Elsie's and Bacchus' story would be resolved. This one picks up exactly where the other one left off—they know who the villain is but can't get to her yet.
It also starts with Elsie in prison after having revealed her powers. But Bacchus doesn't rest until she's out and he devises a plan which throws the both of them into marriage. They each have their doubts and think they're a burden to the other, bu ...more
I loved how Elsie grew throughout the story. Never weak to begin with, she grew stronger and stronger with every page. I loved seeing her magical abilities grow, and the way she broke spells in the middle of a fight was quite simp ...more
Bacchus is a great male lead, he's strong and confident and doesn't let others push him down because of his race. He cares a lot for Elsie and s ...more
It's not quite as broad scope as the first, which works in its favor. ...more
When I read Spellbreaker, I immediately fell in love with Elsie and was dying for the conclusion of her story. The villain in this duology is great in that their motives aren't malevolent but the actions they take to achieve their goal are. I love a story with a moral gray area ...more
I enjoyed the first book, but didn't love it. There were quite some things that didn't work so well for me, but here... here things get better. Way, way better.
First thing first, the characters really came alive in there. Elsie felt more real here, and I could relate to her way more. And Bacchus and Ogden? Oh my! They finally found some backbone and I was so so glad! I love my characters with so ...more
As with all of Charlie Holmberg's books that I've read so far, she jumps into the action, world building, and characters right away. Her writing is so clear and easy to follow despite being packed and descriptive. The world of magic is so good! She gives u ...more
Unfortunately, I started reading the second before I realised it wasn't the first book in the series (certainly not the first time I have done this). Dispite this, I had no trouble at all keeping up with what was happening.
This book got me within the first few pages and I'm obsessed with Charlie's writing style. It's descriptive and yet to the point. I loved the trope she used, pretending to be married in order to avoid prosec ...more
Magic, mystery, betrayal, corruption and intrigue all play a part in this second instalment. The first book sets the scene and this one delves right back in. Elsie, Bacchus and Ogden are trying to find the person responsible for attack ...more
The magic feels a bit more developed in this one, being an element that was fleshed ou ...more
I'm not sure what's with these books and the fast paced endings. They go by a little too quickly for my liking, with all the excitement happening at once. While I'm glad there was a resolution, I can't say I enjoyed this book as much as the first because of the pacing.
This book takes off pretty much where the last one left off. Only, this time, Elsie finds herself in a bit more trouble. Bacchus offers her a way out though, in ...more
While Elsie suffers from her low self-esteem and abandonment issues, the major villain of the story is not letting up on her so far undetermined goals. Master Lily Merton is still trying ...more
What I love about this books is that they're not leaning on the romance bits, I'm loving finally getting some answers that the previous book left, but I'm thrilled about the new mysteries, this is a strong sequel, thought I still like the first one better, I liked the introduction of new characters, the pacing plot wise and the villain, thought I think the author could go a bit stronger villain wise, and the magic syst ...more
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There were a couple of things that happened that were a little bit cliche or that I'd seen in Holmberg's previous books, but overall it was a fantastic read.
*I received a digital ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* ...more
An action-packed sequel to Spellbreaker and a satisfying conclusion to this historical fantasy duology. Full RTC closer to release date!
Opened ended, Holmberg left the world available to play-in come the future.
While all major plot points were solved, the main focus was on the romance rather than the mystery, which was quickly resolved in a convenient package. Loveable characters old and new join in on the adventures, with quite a few shockingly fun twists.
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