“Spellbinder” by Thea Harrison is the second book in the ‘Moonshadow’ series. I was mesmerized by the first book in this series and adored the combination of snark and fantasy that permeated it (I still snicker at the idea of ‘no’ gifs), so I was a little apprehensive when this one started a little slowly for me. Of course, I should have known better, and the story started intensifying and became more and more emotional and stomach-turning, particularly once the torture started. I'm not sure I agree with all of the decisions that were made by different characters, but I definitely can understand why the choice was made.
I am always impressed when an author is able to shift the perception of a character from anathema to hero, and I was gratified to discover that the hints that some of Morgan’s actions were unwilling presaged a turning point with a believable explanation and twists that start making one a little more sympathetic toward him.
The stories in this universe have always fascinated me with their melding of fantasy and Shakespearean and Arthurian references, and there was more of the deft weaving of those elements in this particular tale (although I am always thrown by the name Modred instead of Mordred, which seems to reference the comic book series) and I really enjoyed elements such as the loan of an iconic sword. This author is truly an enchantress in her own right, and each book has a particular element that I find memorable, because it demonstrates her boundless capacity for imaginative invention.
Those who like creative fantasy with delicious romance and hope that some of the magical and mystical elements bleed into our own reality will enjoy this new addition to a wonderful series and will join me in impatiently waiting for the next exciting story, especially given the tendrils of teases that were laid down by the end of this one. You probably COULD read this as a stand-alone story, but shouldn’t deprive yourself of the opportunity to fall in love with more of this author’s great characters!
This paranormal romance introduces musician Sidonie Martel, whose music is so remarkable that even Djinn bargain to experience it. As a result of recent events, Morgan le Fae has a chance to become enchanted by Sidonie’s music as well, which condemns her to a horrible fate, due to the machinations of a creature bent on revenge. Morgan must decide whether he is willing to finally pay the ultimate price to break the chains that have kept him enslaved for so long, which will require that he make a choice between love and revenge.
From author Thea Harrison comes the latest story in the New York Times bestselling Moonshadow trilogy….
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…