Spell Bound (Otherworld #12) by Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Dutton Adult (Penguin Group, July 2011)
Source: From publisher for review
*Women of the Otherworld Series
Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she’s powerless to help herself. At the heartbreaking conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would prevent further pain for a young orphan. Little did she know that someone would take her up on that promise.
And now, witch-hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons, and rogue witches all seem to be after her. The threat is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. While most of her fellow supernaturals are circling the wagons at a gathering of the council in Miami, Savannah is caught on the road, isolated from those who can protect her and unable to use her vast spell-casting talent, the thing she counts on most. In a story that will change the shape of the Otherworld forever, Armstrong gathers Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, Hope, and other beloved characters, who soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.
Spell Bound starts off pretty much immediately where Waking the Witch left off. Savannah realizes that the wish she made to trade her powers for a little girl’s wellbeing actually came true, and is horrified to find that her magic is gone. Soon, Savannah and Adam realize that a group desperate for the secret to immortality is after supernaturals, and will stop at nothing to use them for their own means. People from their inner circle are disappearing, and they will have to get close enough to this group to stop them before more of their own are killed or sacrificed.
Yes, Spell Bound has all the action you’ve come to expect from the Otherworld series, but it’s really about Savannah coming to terms with herself without her powers. She manages to alienate Adam, who she’s secretly (or not so secretly) in love with, and is sometimes downright childish. She does a lot of growing in this book, and really does come into her own, not only as a sorcerer, but as a mature woman. I was delighted that Cassandra DuCharme, vamp queen extraordinaire, got lots of page time in this one, and the author also amps up the tension between Adam and Savannah. The stars come out in Spell Bound, and Ms. Armstrong has set the stage for the final book in the series, with the promise of some major smackdown to come! Can’t wait!