This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Spellbinder by Thea Harrison
Series: Moonshadow #2
Also in this series:Moonshadow
Also by this author: Oracle's Moon (Elder Races, #4), Moonshadow
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Thea Harrison
Format: ARC, E-book
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble ◊ Kobo ◊ iBooks
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…
Thea Harrison has written one of my favorite series, The Elder Races, of which two books are my all-time favorites. The Elder Races is a PNR (ParaNormal Romance) series that is set in a world with Fae (light and dark), Nightkind, Demonkind, and Wyr that are known to humans and live their lives out in the open alongside humankind.
The Moonshadow series is a part of the Elder Races world but the focus is on the lands held for the use of Elder Races in the United Kingdom. You do not need to know about the Elder Races series in order to enjoy this series but I included the links in case you had interest. I highly recommend that series.
Spellbinder is the second book in the Moonshadow series and I loved this book! Having read the first book in this series, Moonshadow, I was familiar with the main character Morgan Le Fae. Anyone who love Arthurian lore will appreciate this story but I will point out that in this story Morgan Le Fae is not the female character from Arthurian legend Morgan Le Fay. In this story, Morgan is what could have happened to the Merlin character from Arthurian lore.
Morgan has been trapped in servitude for centuries to Fae Queen Isabeau of the Light Court. She has taken everything from him and has made him do despicable things. He is one of the most hated supernatural beings in this world. Nothing brings him pleasure or peace but when Isabeau mistakenly gives him a sliver of freedom through careless wording Morgan takes full advantage and flees the kingdom less she come to her senses to quickly and figure out her error.
Morgan fled to Earth as he had plenty of resources and safe houses there that were unknown to those who would no doubt be searching for him. While at one of the locations he heard about a musician that was beyond compare, Sidonie Martel. Morgan had once been a bard himself and thought that after so many centuries that maybe music would be able to bring him some joy, even if only for a moment. After seeing her performance, he was amazed because her music was more than he ever expected and to feel anything was addictive and he began to follow her performances from place to place.
What Morgan did not understand was that he was indeed being watched but not by anyone he would have suspected. This person realized that Sidonie meant something to Morgan but they misinterpreted her significance. It is this action that led to Sid being kidnapped and taken to the mystical land of Avalon. There she was imprisoned and brutalized. Morgan did not learn of Sid’s abduction right away and once he did he knew that he could not let her stay there. Traveling back to Avalon was dangerous but Morgan was going to do what he could to help.
What neither him nor Sid ever expected was that them coming together would create a bond that transcended anything they had come to suspect would happen to them. They had to play a dangerous game where subterfuge was their only chance at freedom. This is truly a high stakes paranormal romance filled with magic, Arthurian legend, and plenty of action.
What really stood out to me about Spellbinder was that it was so very romantic. Morgan was so hated but Sidonie knew nothing of him or his past. He came to her under the cover of darkness and they came to know each other through words and actions. They knew each other before they saw each other as they were. I just adored that part. So not like today’s romances where they are taking each other before the first third of the book and are enamored with the person due to physical appearance. Then, there are the sacrifices that are made for their love. Such grand romantic gestures. So touching!
It was so refreshing to read a PNR that has more to it than just an instant romance. There is real depth to this story and you do not need to have knowledge of the Elder Races to enjoy this book or to have read the first book in this series but it makes for a deeper read if you had. I was real excited to see one of my favorite characters from the Elder Races make an appearance in this story. Big grin on my face! This story truly captivated me and inspired the romantic in me. I just can’t say enough that I found this story to be tremendously touching. Spellbinder is a must read that I highly recommend!
*Thank you to NetGalley & Teddy Harrison LLC for this eARC of Spellbinder*