Review: Spellmaker by Charlie N. Holmberg

Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Series: Spellbreaker Duology #2
Publisher: 47 North
Released: March 9, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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I received a copy of Spellmaker in exchange for a fair and honest review.

It’s here! The second novel in the Spellbreaker Duology is here, and I couldn’t be more excited! Written by Charlie N. Holmberg, Spellmaker is not a novel to skip, especially not if you enjoyed the first half of the tale.

Elsie Camden is what one would call a spellbreaker. She has the natural ability to see and break spells, though it takes more finesse than one might naturally assume. She’s hidden this secret for most of her life, and that alone put her into a fair bit of danger.

Now she’s trying to right the wrongs made in her past, and hunt down the person who used her and her talents. All while keeping those in her life, such as Bacchus Kelsey, safe and nearby. Preferably as close as possible.

“By all means, she was translating a piece of the spellmaker’s corpse.”

If you enjoyed Spellbreaker, then I promise you that you will be pleased with Spellmaker, and the way this duology concludes. Elsie’s story is just as charming as ever, and I am sad to see her story end, even while admitting that it did so in brilliant fashion.

I want to start by saying that I adore the world of Spellbreaker. It is set in England in 1895, in a version of the world where magic is real. That is a solid foundation for everything else that follows, from the magical elements to Elsie’s backstory.

It all flows and blends together to create something really compelling. Better yet, that really is just the starting point for this novel. For there is still a conniving woman on the loose, and we have yet to understand her motives. Well, until now, that is.

Spellmaker was a fast-paced read, one that really did an excellent job of pulling many different elements together. It has that historical feel, and obviously there’s magic and action, plus more than a dash of romance. Oh, and did I mention drama? It’s the perfect combination, really.

I’ll confess that I went into Spellmaker with really high expectations. I adored Spellbreaker after all, and literally couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I’m lucky that the sequel’s arc was already available on NetGalley, because I think I would have burst if I had to wait any longer. So, the question is: did it hold up to those high expectations?

Yes. A hundred times yes. I actively enjoyed every minute of Spellmaker, and can promise you that I’ll be keeping an eye on what Charlie N. Holmberg comes out with next.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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