Disclaimer: I received this arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Book Series: Spellbreaker Duology Book 1
Recommended For…: fantasy lovers, historical fiction lovers, magic, ya
Publication Date: November 1, 2020
Genre: YA Fantasy
Recommended Age: 16+ (slight violence and gore, some language, slight romance)
Synopsis: The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.
Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind.
For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there’s so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she’s destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it’s too late to save everything she loves?
Review: For the most part I think this book is pretty good! The characters fully engaging and well written. The world building was fantastic as well as the plot of the book.
However, the pacing of the book was very slow and it really took a lot out of me to push through the book and read it. The last part of the book was great and I wish the whole book was like that, but it’s not and that’s disappointing.
Verdict: It’s good but slowwwwww.