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Spellbreaker: A Novel (The Spellwright Trilogy) Hardcover – August 23, 2016
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"I'm fascinated to see what happens next, and will be following every word with the absorption of an apprentice spellwright. You will be, too." --Tad Williams, bestselling author of "Shadowmarch
"Think words can't hurt you? Sometimes, they can kill. The spells of textual magic of this enthralling take will demonstrate how." --Terry Brooks, "New York Times "bestselling author
"An enjoyable, well-written novel, with a satisfying conclusion." "--SFX Magazine", 4.5 stars
"A refreshingly new look at magic and the power of words. Nicodemus is a strong protagonist, but the supporting cast is equally as memorable. This series opener [will] resonate in the reader's mind. Highly recommended." "--Library Journal", starred review
"Spellwright""brims with a love for the genre and a thrill for written language." "--Chicago Sun-Times"
"A well-written and cleverly presented fantasy with strong characters and surprising plot twists, this saga should appeal to those who enjoyed its predecessor as well as fans of Terry Brooks and L. E. Modesitt Jr." --"Library Journal, "starred review
"Charlton succeeds brilliantly here; this is no mere setup for the final installment. Absolutely not to be missed." --"Kirkus Reviews, "starred review
""Spellbound" is an adventure fantasy filled with mystery, interesting characters and a unique world that mixes the fantasy cliches so many of us know and love, with a brand new feel that is purely Charlton." --"Bookworm Blues"
""Spellbound" is a daring new work of fantasy that pushes the "Spellwright" trilogy closer to its conclusion while remaining just as emotionally and intellectually challenging as the first installment." --"Rob Will Review"
"""The story is loaded with interesting characters, a story that works well and that comes unexpectedly at points, and a world that is worth returning to often."
--"Worlds in a Grain of Sand"
About the Author
Blake Charlton is now a proud dyslexic, but as a boy he hated the condition that kept him effectively illiterate. He learned to read fluently by sneaking fantasy novels into seventh grade special-ed study hall. Since then he has been (in no particular order) a JV football coach, a Yale undergraduate, bald, a high school English teacher, a chronically semi-employed writer, a special education advocate, a Stanford medical student. He is currently a senior resident physician in Internal Medicine at the University of California San Francisco.
Blake’s non-fiction has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, The British Medical Journal, and The New York Times among others.
Blake’s science fiction short stories have appeared in the Seeds of Change and the Unfettered anthologies. Spellbreaker is his third novel and the final installment of the Spellwright Trilogy.
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As for the story: The book is 30 years in the future. There is continuation with the characters from the previous story, but as Charlton did between 1st-2nd books, the characters have matured with newer traits that make them rediscoverable. New characters are added. The world has shifted, so it's exploring something familiar but more developed. Perhaps that's why this future-jumping is so effective: it heightens the development of the world, making everything new and interesting even though it's familiar and connected with the previous book. Personally, there is a warmth I get reading Charlton's books, and this third one has it too.
Spellbreaker was a beautifully written, fast-paced story that I found difficult to put down once I had picked it up. I enjoyed this story much more than I honestly expected to and I think I would have to say that it is because of the characters. To say that Leandra Weal and her family are troubled and dysfunctional would be a huge understatement. The disturbing relationship that she has with her family and the way they interact and converse had me laughing throughout most of the book, which is probably one of my favorite things to do while reading.
While I really enjoyed the story itself I did find it a bit confusing at ties, as I probably do with anything that involves prophecy and a multitude of possible futures. The story was suspenseful enough that it kept me on the edge of my seat as I tried to guess what was going to happen next.
I think it’s also important to point out to people that while this may be the third and final book in the trilogy, it was obviously written to stand alone as well. I’m sure reading the previous books would have helped to fill in a lot of the backstory, it’s not required to do so. I had no problem reading Spellbreaker and enjoying it completely. The only problem I have now is that I’m going to have to spend money on the rest of the series. I really want to read some more.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Quick & Dirty: High fantasy novel with a complicated magic/divinity system that took me a long time to comprehend but after that it...Read more