Series: Moonshadow #2
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Source: Author Review Group
Rating: 5 Stars
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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…
I absolutely loved MOONSHADOW, the first book in the series, so when I was given the opportunity to read an early copy of SPELLBINDER, I jumped at the chance! I was a little concerned though, Morgan has made appearances in previous Elder Races books and he was a total a**hole (putting it kindly). I honestly didn’t think he had any redeeming qualities… until I started reading the book. Wow!
It was really great getting to see a different side of Morgan. He’s not just some cold, calculating villain with evil coursing through his veins. He, like Sidonie, are victims of circumstance. Morgan is controlled by Isabeau—Queen of the Light Fae Court—and forced to obey her commands and enforce her brutal edicts. The only time Morgan has known true comfort in all these years of slavery is hearing Sidonie’s music.
Sidonie (Sid) is a freakin’ rock star, literally and figuratively. She’s enjoyed tons of success as a musician and leads a very fast-paced lifestyle. She also has some major OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) issues; which don’t get any easier when she’s kidnapped by some weird otherworldly guy and thrown into the Light Fae Court. I loved Sid’s character. She’s strong, resilient and very resourceful. I admired her strength and her honor. I want to be her!
Morgan and Sid are great together. He was her voice in the darkness telling her not to give up and providing what comfort he could to the terrified woman who not-so-easily captured his heart. Their romance is fast, fierce and forged in a passion so fiery the flames will never extinguish.
SPELLBINDER is everything I hoped for and so much more! I can’t wait to find out what Ms. Harrison has in store for us next!