I had a blog post all typed out with images that would help tell the story of this. But then I deleted it all because I felt it gave a few spoilers, and it just wouldn’t be fair to Charlie or other readers. If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I love Charlie’s books and I adore Spellbreaker. I was lucky enough to participate in the blog tour for it (which I will link down below). I’m just so happy and incredibly lucky to be able to read her books whether it’s before release day or not. Let’s get to my review.
Every time I read one of Charlie’s books, I have so much trouble reviewing them. That’s because I get drawn into the story and forget the world outside exists. In the second book of the duology, I got everything I hoped for and so much more than I could have dreamed. The cast of characters we have come to love still needs to figure out who is killing magicians for their opus. As they draw in more people to their quest, things get complicated and riskier for everyone involved.
I love all the characters. Elsie is insecure in herself, and it makes sense considering how far she has come to get here. She has a great team to support her, and it’s allowing her to continue to grow and learn. I love how they come together, how they all relate to each other in a delicious storyline that doesn’t let you put the book down.
It is my not-so-secret hope that we can get a third book, and I have read that the idea is not completely off the table, which gives me hope because I am not ready to let any of them go. I cannot recommend this book, duology, or author enough. Thank you, 47North, for sending this along!
About the book:
England, 1895. An unsolved series of magician murders and opus thefts isn’t a puzzle to Elsie Camden. But to reveal a master spellcaster as the culprit means incriminating herself as an unregistered spellbreaker. When Elsie refuses to join forces with the charming assassin, her secret is exposed, she’s thrown in jail, and the murderer disappears. But Elsie’s hope hasn’t vanished.
Through a twist of luck, the elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey helps Elsie join the lawful, but with a caveat: they must marry to prove their cover story. Forced beneath a magical tutor while her bond with Bacchus grows, Elsie seeks to thwart the plans of England’s most devious criminal—if she can find them.
With hundreds of stolen spells at their disposal, the villain has a plan—and it involves seducing Elsie to the dark side. But even now that her secret is out, Elsie must be careful how she uses the new abilities she’s discovering, or she may play right into the criminal’s hands.