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Spellbent (Spellbent Series #1)

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

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    I loved this one

    I requested this book from the author.


    Jessie Shimmer is an apprentice wizard who wants nothing more than to spend a pleasant afternoon with her lover and Master, Cooper. Instead their spell to summon rain goes wrong and Cooper vanishes, leaving Jessie alone in a park suddenly torn apart by magic. Despite being sealed off and left to die by the other magic users of the city, Jessie defeats the demon that came through the tear that took Cooper, taking severe damage herself.
    When she wakes in the home of Mother Karen, her friend and a healer things only get worse, for the magical ruler of the city wants Jessie silenced and Cooper to remain gone, permanently. With Mr. Jordan trying to crush her will and her desire to see Cooper back safely in her arms Jessie must risk losing it all, suffer the guilt of her past that she didn't even know about and try to save Cooper from his.
    Spellbent is a fast paced, hard to put down novel. Somewhere between Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden and Terry Pratchett's magical sections of Discworld, Snyder takes readers on a ride through strange creatures, powerful magic, true evil and personalized hell dimensions.
    Accompanied by her familiar, a sometimes ferret, sometimes something else altogether, and motivated by family and love Jessie is a lead that gets things done. Many urban fantasy novels have begun to display themes of friendship or defying the odds. Snyder gives her characters a familiar dark past, save that the focus is far more on their modern life and current survival than on a constantly circling cycle of dealing with the trauma of their pasts.
    A strong, enticing debut for Snyder in urban fantasy, this one is definitely on my list of must reads for the year.

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  • Posted January 19, 2010

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    Phenomenal Dark Urban Fantasy Debut!

    Since this book has already been reviewed in-depth, my review will be brief. This book instantly made it to the top of my favorite authors list. Its titillating originality completely stands-out within the vast array of novels, in the urban fantasy genre.

    The story and world building were dark, gritty and flowed nicely; the action was intense, magic was plentiful with lots of sinfully twisted humor. I was completely riveted to each page from start to finish.

    When the story first began, Jessie was a disciple, a follower, however by the end of the story she transformed into a confident and courageous fierce leader. She never whined, pout or stomped her feet but instead was a tenacious force to be reckoned with. For those readers looking for a novel with an authentic, hardcore heroine, who won't cry over annihilating someone in the name of self-preservation, then look no further, Spellbent is it!

    I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers; and I am eagerly awaiting the next book Shotgun Sorceress due out 10/26/2010.

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  • Posted October 28, 2009

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    This opening act of a wonderful urban fantasy is filled with intrigue, romance and plenty of magic

    In Ohio, Jessie Shimmer and her lover Cooper are magic practitioners commonly called Talents. They come under the authority of the Circle who police witches to insure they remain insider the rules. The two go to the Grove in Taft Park to perform a spell chant that farmers are paying them to end a debilitating drought. The spell misfires and Cooper vanishes into an intradimensional portal that opened up. Cooper's familiar Smokey returns to his true form of a dragon and tries to kill a demon, but Jessie stops the malevolence at the cost of an eye and an arm.

    She awakens from her unconscious state to find Mr. Jordan, head of the Circle forcing her to sign a contract that orders her not to search for Cooper if she wants to remain as a legal member of the magic community. She refuses to sign so he places an anathema spell on her that repels Talents away from her. With the help of her familiar Pal the ferret and Cooper's half brother Warlock, she seeks the portal that leads to Hell; sheenter knowing the probability is that they will not return especially since Mr. Jordan makes the odds exponentially worse.

    This opening act of a wonderful urban fantasy is filled with intrigue, romance and plenty of magic that blend together to make an enticing Spellbent tale. Lucy A. Snyder makes her realm feel genuine as she mixes a Donna Quixote - Joan of Arc heroine into a world that has a Lovecraftian feel to it. Jessie goes "willing to march into Hell for a heavenly cause"(The Impossible Dream) with her courageous adorable sidekick Pal; each knowing if they fail they are condemned to remain in Hell for eternity while if they succeed they are condemned to live in a hell outside the Circle of their peers.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    A very good read

    A good entry in the genre. I'm not typically a fan of the modern fantasy, but this book grabs your imagination and does not let go. I would have read it straight through if time had permitted, but I had to stop with 50 pages left the first day. I finished it first thing the next day. Just let yourself go and enjoy the ride.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    Not just sunshine and lollipops

    Lucy A. Snyder did a phenomenal job creating an alternate world with fascinating characters and a fast-action, edgy plot. There was nothing predictable about the riveting tale. I loved the dark, gritty feel of Jessie, she did what was right, no matter how hard it was. She knew the choices she had made wouldn't lead to sunshine and lollipops, but could very well get her killed, and she still stuck with her morals and integrity. She was severely wounded and there was no magic recovery for her, I liked that she had to learn to adapt to her injuries, and not just wave her hand and they were all better. I also loved Jessie's sarcastic and rather twisted sense of humor, there were a more than a few times that I caught myself laughing out loud. But to counter-balance that, my stomach churned with unease as Jessie fought the demons and the governing circle.

    This is definitely one for the keeper shelves. I can't wait for October 's release of SHOTGUN SORCERESS so that I can continue on the journey of self-discovery with Jessie as she learns to control her new-found powers, and rids the world of the nasty baddies. I also can't wait to see more of Pal, Mother Karen, Cooper, The Warlock and even Kai. I look forward to seeing how Jessie and Cooper work together, to see if there is a power-struggle, if one is stronger than the other or what. Cooper was her teacher, can he still teach her, or has Jessie's powers surpassed his?

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