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SPELLMAKER BY CHARLIE N. HOLMBERG

Title: Spellmaker

Author: Charlie N. Holmberg

Release date: March 9, 2021

Pages: 301

Series: Book 2 of 2: Spellbreaker

Rating: FOUR STARS

Blurb

Dead wizards, stolen enchantments, and broken promises force a young spellbreaker out of the shadows in the next thrilling installment of the Spellbreaker series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

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.

MY REVIEW

I received this ARC through NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you!

Spellmaker by Charlie N. Holmberg is the conclusion of the duology Spellbreaker and is the continuation of Elsie and Bacchus’s story. You can read my review of Spellbreaker.

In this book, Elsie’s secret was exposed and she is thrown to jail and Bacchus is trying to find a way to save her from jail. Bacchus finds a way to help her but for Elsie to be truly free, they must marry. They weren’t sure of their feelings for each other, but after they spent time together and worked together they fell in love and were happy that they would get married.

While they were planning their wedding, they worked to find the killer and they found more things about Elsie’s family and Bacchus had to resolve a problem with his family.

“I love you more than Barbados, more than magic, more than myself. You are all I think about. And now you are mine. I love you, Elsie.”

Spellmaker was a wonderful conclusion to the duology of Spellbreaker. I loved the relationship between Bacchus and Elsie. I loved that Elsie becomes more confident in herself and the people around her. I loved the magic system in this book and the world build by this author. I’m glad that I decided to read this duology and I recommend this duology to all fantasy lovers.

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About the author

Charlie N. Holmberg is the author of the Wall Street Journal best­selling Paper Magician series, which has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. She is also the author of the Star Mother series, the Numina series, the Amazon Charts bestselling Spellbreaker series, as well as five stand-alone novels, including Followed by Frost, a 2016 RITA Award final­ist for Young Adult Romance, and The Fifth Doll, winner of the 2017 Whitney Award for Speculative Fiction. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, and owns too many pairs of glasses. She currently lives with her family in Utah.

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