My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Witches, warlocks, vengeful gods and goddesses, romance to die for, and an excellent fantasy world, what more could one ask for!
Rebecca L Garcia’s Spellbound is sure to leave your senses reeling, well, if you have so many gods and goddesses and you have them mostly as villains and have mere mortals trying to save the world, it becomes extremely hard to pull one’s head out of the immersive fantasy land.
This is my first book by the author and what impressed me the most is the word building. There’s a magical quality to her flawless writing. The human and the witch world, the otherworld, the underworld, the prison realms, each part of this fantasy world was spectacular. And even though I went in expecting an electrifying romance, what attracted me most was the familial bonds shown in the story. Elle and Viktor, definitely do burn the sheets and cause walls to collapse 😉 😉 😉 with their sizzling chemistry but equally impressive was the friendship between Naomi, Maddox, and Elle. The fatherly Edmund and the motherly Dora adds to this feeling of coziness and warmth that a tight-knit family provides. There’s also the sibling relationship between the gods and goddesses that evokes a happy feeling.
Another aspect that I wanted to mention is the growth of the main character Elle in the story. The beginning shows her as this no-confident woman, afraid to face her own future, happy to remain as an apprentice without attempting to move up as the curse keeper although the position would offer her a chance to meet her sister in the human world. But by the end of the story, she’s faced so many dangers and had to fight for the lives of her loved ones, she becomes this kick-ass heroine that all readers would root for and it is not a sudden change too, the first war between the gods actually shows her watching helplessly while it is Naomi with her magical illusions who steps up. Part 1 of the story takes its time to hook the reader in, but Part 2&3 have so much going on that even romance takes a backseat.
Spellbound keeps you spellbound! ☔☔☔☔☔
Many thanks to Net Galley, Victory Editing NetGalley Co-op, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.
A dark and twisted fantasy standalone romance, where hate and love collide in a world filled with snarky witches and vengeful gods. Perfect for fans of To Kill a Kingdom and Kingdom of the Wicked
Grieving being torn from her beloved sister, who remained behind in the human kingdom, Elle makes it her life purpose to become a keeper in her cursekeeper coven.
But this calling won’t be an easy one.
The magic possessed by her small coven of four casts them as outsiders throughout the kingdom. Yet when witches are found murdered in the woods, the cursekeepers quickly become the town’s only hope.
Many believe the murders are the work of a god. An old one returned in search of vengeance. Elle, on the other hand, suspects Viktor, the new warlock to town, is somehow linked to the violent deaths. However, his agenda doesn’t stop there.
Infiltrating her coven.
Charming everyone around him.
Threatening her plans to become a keeper.
This rivalry quickly becomes personal.
When the truth behind the murders surfaces, Elle finds herself thrust into a dangerous new world, trapped between twisted hearts and terrifying beings. With the victims piling up, she must decide who to trust and who to protect before it’s too late.
Embraced by Darkness is a collection of standalone books set in the same world without an overarching plot, which means you can start with any books in the series and pick and choose which ones you want to read. This collection of novels follows different couples as they go from enemies to friends to lovers, while facing dangerous obstacles in a world split between humans, witches and gods, set in two kingdoms that separate them.
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