Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

At 21, Savannah Levine, daughter of a dark witch and a sorcerer, is perhaps the most powerful witch alive. She has always relied on her powers to see her through any situation, so after she thinks to herself that she would give up her powers if only a young girl’s guardian would not end up in prison, an unknown entity takes her up on the offer. Savannah must learn to rely on the help of others, especially Adam (the half-demon she has loved since she was 12), and find new strengths within herself that she never knew she had.

Now a group of witches is hunting Savannah, hoping to turn her to their side. When she finds herself within their clutches, she learns of a gathering of supernaturals intent on revealing themselves to the entire world. Savannah must find a way to escape and warn the Council of their plans–before it’s too late.

Spell Bound is another exciting installment in the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. One of the first urban fantasy/paranormal series that I picked up, the Otherworld series is still a favorite; I look forward to a new release every year. Savannah Levine has long been a favorite character for me; I might be a few years older than her, but I feel as if I grew up with her. This is the second book in a row that she has been the narrator, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

Spell Bound is the first book in the series that brings almost every main character in the book together: Elena, Clay, Jeremy, Jaime, Hope, Adam, Savannah, and several others. Not every one of them has had the chance to narrate their own book yet, but given what is ahead for Savannah and her friends and family, I won’t be surprised if someone else gets a turn. I would especially love a book told from Cassandra’s perspective; she’s been kind of a background character in previous books, but her larger role in this book has made me really interested in Armstrong’s vampire lore. Just when I thought there wasn’t anything new with vampires, Armstrong piqued my interest in a very big way.

Armstrong provides enough back story so that new readers won’t get lost, but it’s definitely worth it to start at the very beginning with Bitten.

Rating: 4/5

Check out Jennifer’s review of Kelley Armstrong’s Waking the Witch

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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