Written by Kelley Armstrong
Review written by Gwen Moffat
Gwen Moffat lives in Cumbria. Her novels are set in remote communities ranging from the Hebrides to the American West. The crimes fit their environment, swelling that dreadful record of sin in the smiling countryside cited by Sherlock Holmes. The style echoes this: rustic charm masking horror.
Released: 4th August 2011
The protagonist in Spellbound is of a different order: "Savannah Levine, unltrapowerful spellcaster. Daughter of a Cabal sorcerer and a dark witch." Savannah is six feet tall, rides a Triumph, is in good shape physically but fragile mentally having staked her powers in a deal with the Fates and lost them.
A disaster as currently she is being stalked with lethal intent by a teenage witch-hunter. However, she has resources. Her friend Adam is a half-demon, she can call on the spirit of her dead mother for assistance and evern her father's ghost is supportive regardless of her having killed the old man. But she was in a trance and the act was unintentional.
The plot concerns confrontation between celestials and demonics, the potential outcome being deliverance or destruction of the world. War is waged by humans who have learned to use magic aided and opposed by werewolves, necromancers and all manner of supernatural. There is even a hint of Big Foot and aliens but these are myths dreamt up by humans and whimsical.
Not a run-of-the-mill crime novel then but one with its own popular aura: a book that will be welcomed by Potter fans and the young of all ages adhering to the burgeoning cult of magic.