Spoilers will be indicated in section header Rating As the blurb on my cover of the book points out — middle volumes are hard to pull off. Especially when a middle volume is part of a trilogy. Which should be arriving in my mailbox sometime in early October! Plot — Pacing Like the first novel in the series the events of the story take place over the course of just a few days, 10 years after the first novel ends. Cleric Francesca DeVega is a healer working in the city of Avel.

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Spellbound In Brief Francesca DeVega is a healer in the city of Avel, composing magical sentences that close wounds and disspell curses, but her life is thrown into chaos when a newly dead patient sits up and tells her that she must flee the infirmary or face a fate worse than death. It has been ten years since Nicodemus Weal escaped the Starhaven Academy, where he was considered disabled and useless, where he battled the demon who stole his birthright and murdered his friends.

Unable to use the magical languages of his own people, Nico has honed his skills in the dark Chthonic languages, readying himself for his next encounter with the demon.

Absolutely not to be missed. Modesitt Jr. Nico and Francesca are both multidimensional and fascinating protagonists and their burgeoning partnership is a joy to see develop.

For those readers who enjoyed the first book in this series, this tale will add to the already complex story line, finishing off certain threads while illuminating new ones. Charlton is a rare talent, and Spellbound is a wonderful, engaging and well-crafted novel.

Highly recommended for fans of magical fantasy, looking for something original and unique. These two amazing books are just proof that Charlton deserves to be listed as one of the top fantasy writers for With all its fast paced action, mystery and such a unique magical system, Spellbound earns a place as one of my top books.

While there are quieter moments, the plot never seems to slow past breakneck speed. Wrapped in this quickly moving plot are plenty of interesting mysteries and questions that will leave the reader hanging on to find out or figure out, as the case may be the answers.

Spellbound is an improvement over Spellwright. Charlton has made his mark. I am excited to see where he can take us next. Rather than retread over old ground, Charlton has paved his way forward based on the lessons learned presumably from his own experiences in the prior book, building and expanding them aggressively in the second. The story is loaded with interesting characters, a story that works well and that comes unexpectedly at points, and a world that is worth returning to often.


Set ten years after the events in Spellwright, Nicodemus has left the Heaven Tree Valley and is now in the city of Avel, still pursuing the demon Typhon in an attempt to recover the Emerald of Aarahest, which contains the other part of his soul and the cure to his cacography. With it, he will be able to become the Halycona prophesied savior of magical languageinstead of what he is now, the Storm Petrela prophesied destroyer of magical language. With it, he will be able to become the Halycon—a prophesied savior of magical language—instead of what he is now, the Storm Petrel—a prophesied destroyer of magical language. Francesca is a cleric, no longer attached to the wizardly order, who uses her magic to help her patients. It seems that her only hope will be to find the rogue wizard Nicodemus, but to do that she has to tag along with her ex-lover, Cyrus, the Air Warden of Avel. A diverse and entertaining cast The characters in Spellwright—Nicodemus, Shannon and Dierdre—were absolutely amazing.






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