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Product Details

  • Series: Otherworld (Book 12)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; 1st edition (July 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952206
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kelley Armstrong has long been a favorite of mine."
-Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kelley Armstrong lives in rural southwestern Canada with her husband and three children.


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I'm married with three kids and live in rural Ontario, Canada. After graduating with a degree in psychology, I switched gears and studied computer programming. Currently, I'm a full-time writer and parent. Could I make this section any more dull? Probably not.

Customer Reviews

I love the bantering sort of relationship that Adam and Savannah have.
K. M. Martin
It really is a set up for the last book, where they will all fight together, and as exciting as it was, it also really sadden me because I know it's coming to an end.
Jess
Many of the characters from previous books are in this book, which makes this book fun and ties the series together really well.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kai on July 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you're familiar with Mrs. Armstrong's Otherworld series, you'll probably be in for a surprise. The first eleven books are self contained: they might leave a teaser at the end, but they finish up what they start.

This book reads like the beginning of a trilogy, and while still good it's rather disappointing that the main plot threads are unresolved. In fact, I'm not really positive than ANY plot threads were resolved in this book. Instead, it reads more like a character building book where the author gave Savannah a good kick in the butt towards maturity and self discovery, while the background is filled with conspiracy theories and baby steps towards fulfillment of a prophecy. We don't learn much about it - but we know there's trouble coming down the road. Unfortunately, none of that trouble takes place in this book and the 'action sequences' are few and far between. At least something happens with Adam and Savannah's relationship?

Overall, I liked the book. I liked getting to know Savannah better and all the hints at what's coming are intriguing. But this book also frustrated me. With a series this big, you come to expect that certain things won't change: every other book can be read by itself. It's a series in the same 'world' - not an extended plot arc. And that's what this book is - it gives you a taste of what will happen in the next book, but doesn't really do anything else.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Book Obsession.. on July 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
At the end of Waking the Witch, Savannah lost her powers. In Spell Bound she is trying to come to terms with this, but really not succeeding. Her spells feel as important to her as breathing, so losing them was quite devastating. It doesn't help that trouble keeping coming up, putting her in situations that make her miss the lost firepower even more. It seems all supernatural are a target for some sort of nefarious scheme. While everyone else meets in the Cabel strong hold in Florida, Savannah and Adam are out on the front lines trying to get to the bottom of things. They'll need to get to the bottom of things quickly or run the risk of their world being forever changed.

At times while reading this I felt more as if I was reading a YA novel than an adult. It just didn't have the feel to it that Kelley Armstrong's other adult novels have. Perhaps it is because Savannah still seems so immature despite her age. She continually makes poor decisions, which in itself is not the issue. The problem is that she doesn't step up to the plate and admit her mistakes, she just runs off at the first sign of confrontation. She also threw several "temper tantrums" because things were not going her way. At one point in the book she talks about how she was always respectful and helpful whenever she visited the werewolves growing up, but was completely lazy and constantly disobeyed Paige and Lucas when she was home. It is obvious that she really cares for her guardians, so why treat them with less respect than the werewolves? Clay did seem to give her a wake up call in Spell Bound, so perhaps we will start to see some major progress in her behavior.

I am a very impatient person when it comes to relationship progression, so the issue with Savannah and Adam is driving me nuts.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Beach Reader on September 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Unlike the other reviewers, I have mixed feelings about the Otherworld books. Some are marvelous (Bitten & Stolen). Some are annoying (Dime Store Magic). Spell Bound is tepid.

I enjoyed WTW and was looking forward to concluding Savannah's adventures and Adam love-crush. Obviously I missed the memo that this was the 2nd book in a trilogy. The story could not hold my attention as Savannah and Adam scrambled from one difficult situation to another without any real direction or plot development. There were a few exciting segments that gave me hope for a good battle or sex scene or something! My hopes were unfulfilled.

As the story stumbled along, each Otherworld character from prior books made a brief (and contrived) appearance. Their background story would be explained in a paragraph or two. I would struggle to remember the character and then *poof* they would exit stage right, never to reappear. Needless to say, none of these "guest appearances" (I stopped counting at 16) added to the plot.

The ending was anticlimatic and ... not really an ending. The story just stopped. I kept examining the final pages to make sure I hadn't missed a crucial paragraph or two that would explain the meadering point of the story. Savannah was still without her powers. The "real" enemy was still unknown. The "real" threat was still undefined. It took 324 pages to get to one kiss and one additional page to confirm that this book was over and this aimless story would be continued......
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MadamMem on August 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Some spoilers in this review, so beware. I'll try not to be too specific.

I have to say that I've loved Kelley Armstrong's older books and I liked her Nadia Stafford series. However, so far she has let her fans down with the Savannah series.

Ever since Haunted I've been interested to see how Savannah will turn out when she becomes an adult. Unfortunately, Savannah hasn't seemed to really grow since the age of 12 (emotionally or maturity wise) and Kelley Armstrong's writing seems to have regressed. This book and "Waking the Witch" were incredibly skimpy on details and rushed. Very, very rushed. Within five paragraphs at one point the book went from a boring hotel room to a bomb blast. While this can bring excitement, in this instance the writer let us down. Throughout the book there was very little building of emotion (besides emo feelings), no real insight into the character and the dialogue (except with Cassandra) was very flat.

As other reviewers have mentioned this seems more like a YA novel than anything like her previous adult books. While I enjoy a good YA every now and then, I don't enjoy a bad one.

The good point about this book is that the story is interesting, however that doesn't outweigh how poorly executed it is. I hope Kelley Armstrong gives her full attention to the next installment because she has created a great series and I wouldn't want that tainted from a few lackluster books.
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