By: Kelley Armstrong
I first read a Kelly Armstrong book last summer when I was sent a copy of Waking the Witch by the PR agency. (Disclaimer: I was sent Spell Bound to review as well.) I started Waking the Witch and finished it in the same day. So, I wasn’t all that hesitant to take a stab at Spell Bound as I was pretty sure I would like it.
Spell Bound picks up almost immediately after the end of Waking the Witch with Savannah Levine recovering from the events at the end of Waking the Witch. I again found myself immediately pulled into the story and the world that Armstrong creates in her Otherworld series. The paranormal world never seems like something that was roughly overlain on our world, but merely something that existed all along and is merely being revealed. The characters aren’t as fully fleshed out as I would like, but I think that’s a risk that you take when you jump into a series of books. You miss out on a lot of backstory on the characters, so they feel a little bit less “full” than they would had you read the entire series first. It’s not necessarily a fault of the author, but more of the medium. Long series’ (this is book 12 in the Otherworld series) tend to have some very long drawn out plot lines that can be somewhat confusing when you haven’t read the whole thing.
The writing, throughout, is good. It’s easy to read and flows nicely. I can’t imagine there are too many of you who are really into paranormal fantasy that haven’t read at least a little of Armstrong’s work, but if you haven’t, you really should pick up a few of her novels. You won’t find much better done paranormal, with more readable stories.