Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Release date: November 1, 2020
Series: Book 1 of 2: Spellbreaker
Rating: FOUR STARS
A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in the newest fantasy series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.
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?
Spellbreaker is the first book in the duology Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg. Spellbreaker is my first book read by this author and I’m glad that I decided to read Spellbreaker.
“Her spirit felt too big for her body, blooming like a wild rose.”
Spellbreaker is set in England Victorian, where magic exists and the rich men use it. Everyone who uses magic is registered but Elsie Camden is an unregistered Spellbreaker, which means she breaks the spells and she is working illegally with magic for a group named “The Cowls”.
Doing illegal work for “The cowls” she was caught by Bacchus, a magic user who blackmailed her to break a spell around his estate. Because Elsie didn’t want to end in jail, she accepted to work for him. Bacchus and Elsie began to work together and slowly they become friends.
Meanwhile, in England, high magicians are killed for their opuses and Elsie is trying to find out who is the killer of the magicians.
Spellbreaker is a book full of suspense, twists, and secrets. I enjoyed the world created by Charlie N. Holmberg. I cannot wait to read the last book in this duology. I recommend it to everyone who likes to read suspense and fantasy.
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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