Spellbinder (Moonshadow, #2) by Thea Harrison
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…
Published by Thea Harrison on July 18th 2017
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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Digital, Paperback
Source: Advance Reader Copy
FTC Disclosure: I received access to this book early through Advance Reader Copy (for free) in exchange for a review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Quick Take: The second book in the Moonshadow Series, kicks things up a notch by doing the unexpected. Instead of offering up a second story from among the Elder Races, Thea Harrison takes her readers on an adventure of Authorian proportions. It’s a fantastic step further into to the inner workings of the demenes across the pond and more than leaves you ready to see who will step forward to guide you on your journey next. Spellbinder unfolds around a secret truth that changes the entire landscape of a civil war, a love and partnership worth fighting for and choices harrowing enough to challenge the most pure of heart.
I highly recommend starting with book one but knowing that Spellbinder is the latest installment awaiting you, makes it well worth the reading journey.
5 out of 5 stars
Spellbinder is the tale of one of the most reviled man among the races, Morgan le Fae. Harrison has written this well known historical figure with depth and heart. His tale has unexpected twists and turns that will have you angry at other characters and rooting for him in the end.
Book two picks up the story with Morgan injured and seeking a way to hide and heal in peace. There’s a chance, his injury could buy him time to find a way out of fighting a wary he never wanted part of to begin with. As the most reviled man among his people, he’s no one and nothing to rely on but his wits and wiles to see him through. While trying to stay under the radar, he cross paths with strong-willed, spirited and musically gifted Sidonie Martel and he’s immediately captivated by her music. But crossing paths with the Sidonie brings her to the attention of creature intent upon striking against le Fey. Morgan is faced with the choice of potentially saving himself and therefore potentially thousands or risking everything to rescue the kidnapped and imprisoned Sidonie before she becomes more blood on his hands.
Pulled into the midst of a savage and brutal civil war, Sidonie must confront her fears, overcome her weakness in a battle for her life and her freedom. But the fiercely stubborn musician refuses to give in even when could costs her the ability to continue living to her musical potential and even when it may end in her death. Spellbinder is not just the story of Morgan le Fey but the story of the woman who gives him a reason to find the strength to risk everything.
Harrison give the reader a rich tale of betrayal, love, and learning to look deeper to discover the soul of a man. Weaving this story around the legend of King Arthur evokes whispers of the myths of Avalon and the glory that was Camelot. It creates a whole other context to view not only Morgan le Fey but the other players in the still raging battle. But Harrison doesn’t neglect the vivid elements unique to her world of magical beings. This story gives you new facets to the Djinn and and the gods of the Elder Races themselves. Unfolding in and around the race to find any hope for le Fey’s plight is the tale of a Isabeau, the Queen of the Light Court and the lengths she’ll go to to win at all costs.
I was hooked before the end of the first chapter, intrigued at every turn, and cheering for this pair right through to the end.
It’s a worthy installment two in this trilogy and a fantastic story all on it’s own.