Spell Bound

Spell Bound by Kelley Armstrong

My very first review here on FanaticSpace was for Kelley Armstrong’s Waking The Witch, the 11th book in her Otherworld series. It seemed like a natural fit for me to pick up the series’ newest release, Spell Bound (Book 12 in the Otherworld series), which picks up right where the last book ended, finally providing the needed answers to the questions that the previous book left me with.

And when I say that it picks up right where the last book ended, I mean it literally. I was afraid I’d need to go back and re-read Waking the Witch before heading back into the Otherworld series, but I didn’t need to fear. Within the first chapter, the reader not only gets that resolution that I was left hanging, waiting for, with the prior book, but you are also thrown directly into a natural progression of the series’ arc that Kelley Armstrong began with it.

(Disclaimer for FTC regulations – I have received this Advanced Reader Copy at no cost from the PR department, Wunderkind PR)

With no further ado, the blurb….

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 is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. While most of her fellow supernaturals are circling the wagons at a gathering of the council in Miami, Savannah is caught on the road, isolated from those who can protect her and unable to use her vast spell-casting talent, the thing she counts on most. In a story that will change the shape of the Otherworld forever, Armstrong gathers Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, Hope, and other beloved characters, who soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.

My thoughts? I really, truly loved the pace of this. Every time you thought you had a handle on the story arc, it would throw you for a loop. I really love Savannah as the narrator in this book, because you are right in her head as her character is finally, truly growing up. It was a pleasant surprise for me not to know within the first few chapters exactly how it was going to end.

The problem? The ending.

While Kelley Armstrong has posted on her Otherworld forums that she’s ending this series with Book 13, and Savannah will be the lead for the last three books, I was seriously disappointed to be sitting there, at the end, realizing it was yet another cliffhanger. The main story arc was never anywhere near completed for this book, with the assumption that the arc will be completed with the next and final book in the series. While the subplots seem to have a good handle on the wrap-up for the series in the next book, I didn’t feel like I was any closer to understanding the larger story arc at the end of this book.

But please don’t think that I’m not going to be salivating for the next book in the series. I’m actually a little happy that she’s decided to announce the end of the series, with only a few anthologies and short stories set it in the Otherworld series coming out after Savannah finishes up with Book 13. While I don’t enjoy being left to dangle at the end of the book, I really think that this series is well worth that discomfort for a fabulous story.

Spell Bound (Otherworld, Book 12) will be available on July 26, 2011 from Dutton in hardcover and on the Kindle.