Friday, July 21, 2017

Spellbinder by Thea Harrison [Review]

 Spellbinder by Thea Harrison
Spellbinder (Moonshadow #2) by Thea Harrison
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: June 14, 2017

Moonshadow (part of the Elder Races World)
1. Moonshadow
2. SpellbinderKindle
3. Lionheart

Thea Harrison
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her.

When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.

One of the most feared and powerful sorcerers in history, Morgan le Fae serves a Queen he despises, Isabeau of the Light Court. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds.

Sidonie’s music touches Morgan in places he had abandoned centuries ago, and her fiery spirit resurrects feelings he had believed long dead. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist.

But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break. And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is revenge…
Thoughts on Spellbinder: Diving into a new Elder Races novel always reminds me how very much I love this series. I adore how the mythology has expanded beyond the US Wyr and I get a kick out of the twisted politics of the Dark and Light Fae courts.

Did I say twisted? Because Isabeau's lust to be perceived as the best, the most beautiful, the greatest power in her land is messed up. She's arrogant and cruel and she's messing with forces even she can barely comprehend.

And Morgan hates her. Every act of cruelty, every time she goes off the rails and rants and raves only deepens his hatred. What she does to Sidonie is the last straw for Morgan. BUT...with the Queen's chains still binding him, he's not able to do much to help Sid. It's a terrible place for him to be in and he can't see a way out.

Sid's quick mind and almost obsessive nature gives Morgan options he didn't have before. Her ability to work things out and take leaps of faith pushes him. And they are sweetly fantastic together. While trusting Morgan seems like a bad idea on the surface (and given what we know about the Queen's ability to control him), Sid does just that. She trusts him and opens up a world of possibilities for them.

I'm still in love with this world and I was tickled to see a familiar face pop up. Things are in motion and I CAN'T WAIT to see where the next adventure takes us.

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