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Spellbreaker

Monday, January 11th, 2021

By Charlie N. Holmberg

The Short Take:

I did not appreciate finding out at the end that it would take a second book to finish this story. And, frankly, this one didn’t impress me enough to want to read another. But you might feel different.

Why?

To be fair, the Amazon listing did include a line of type reading “Book 1 of 2.” A line of type I failed to note. But there was nothing in my ebook. Not even at the end to push you towards the next volume.

Holmberg’s gaslight fantasy/romance is set in a world where magic is real and those born with magical ability must register with the authorities and go through proper training.

About two-thirds of the book is repetitive, with Elsie breaking spells when others demand and trying not to get caught. Over and over. Then the plot twists and turns like an agitated rattlesnake. Good guys become bad guys become good guys. Phew! Maybe if the author had taken less time setting things up the reader could have gotten a whole story with an ending in one volume.

A Little Plot:

Young orphan Elsie only realizes she has spell breaking power when she accidentally causes her orphanage to burn to the ground. Afraid of being punished, she keeps her power secret. However the Cowls know her secret and draw her into a world of intrigue. Elsie struggles to balance her two lives. Then things get really complicated.

For more about Charlie N. Holmberg and her work, click here.

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