Review of Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg


A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in an all-new 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?

This book was absolutely enchanting! From the very beginning you are drawn into Elsie’s life and both want to know more about what is going on in England, but also see her grow and realize that she’s a worthy person. This book was completely immersive, well written, and every time you thought you figured out what was going on, it was twisted just a bit so not everything was (ever) as it seemed. I would 100% recommend this book to others, and I quite loved it, but it is in no way resolved at the end. Looking at other reviews on Amazon, the cliffhanger ending bothered others far more than I, however, I also knew it was a duology and both books were out before I started it. I had actually figured out what the very end would be before it stated, which did not surprise me, but I am oh so excited to start book 2!

Star rating: ✯✯✯✯✯

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