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Spellbinder: A Love Story With Magical Interruptions

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    New Direction for a notable author

    Good take on tradition topics (witches, warlocks, spells and a magical community)Well written and literate. A departure from her previous series but perhaps worth a series of its own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    Unfortunate plot

    The characters are well written, but the story was flat. I have in the past enjoyed Ms. Rawn's writings, and her fantasy Sky Bowl books are amazing. This time though, I just had a hard time getting into the story. When the characters were talking, they came alive, but sometimes Ms. Rawn spent too much time explaining why her characters were doing something, or in several notable passages dealing with magic it came across like reading an encyclopedia, I am not interested in how to set up spells, or be a witch (and NO I am not a wicken, in fact I am Catholic, so this is all fantasy to me).
    A better way would have been to simply have her characters just DO it rather than try to explain so much. In the end I did finish the book and yes the pace picked up, but some things jsut were too inconguous even for a fantasy alternate-reality story. For example the fundamentalist's preacher's son being killed in a sex orgy to satan just made me laugh. Which then sets off a nationwide Witch hunt. I mean really,it was a little too Disney for me.
    If you want a good "real" story having to do with magic and witchcraft, then possibly the Sinclair mysteries by Katherine Kurtz which take place in Scotland and involve an Irish policeman and a Scottish noble, or Timothy Zahn's "Green and the Gray" which involves New York and aliens living amongst us. Or even "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman. In fact most of Neil Gaiman's books are kind of a magic in the everyday world that goes unnoticed. His newest book "The Graveyard Book" is aimed at children but is wonderful. A more original use of Satan vs God is "Good Omens" by Pratchet, or even "If at Faust you Don't Succeed" by Roger Zelazny. A good heroine caught in the middle of a war between good and evil is Robin McKinley's "Sunshine". A fun story involving magic and a modern man getting caught into it "Pawn's Dream" by Eric Nylund. Or if you are into ancient Irish history Stephen Lawhead's Paradise War is Fantastic.
    Now I realy do enjoy Ms. Rawn's original series and own all of them, I just did not like this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2008

    Disappointing

    I am a fan of Ms. Rawn's previous works, and I even understand the desire to branch out into a different sub-genre for a change of pace, but I couldn't even finish 'Spellbinder.' I got about 120 pages into it and realized that up to that point, the author had spent only about 20 pages on actual plot. The remaining 100 pages were entirely devoted to the two main characters, to the point where I came to dislike them. I got tired of 'ooh, I love you so much, and I never thought I would ever fall in love' and 'baby, you're so wonderful that I can overlook the fact that you are more sucessful and have more money than I do, but when we get married you must use my name.' Please! Enough already. Ms. Rawn, when are you going to finish your Exiles series? I'm going to go re-read 'The Ruins of Ambrai' now so I can remind myself of what a good writer Melanie Rawn truly is.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    Can get into it!

    I'm still trying to read this book. As of yet it hasn't grasp my attention much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

    Fun Story

    This was a fun, different story -- not an idea I'd come across before and it was a very interesting concept. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone who likes an offbeat occult tale.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

    Very good

    This is an excellent book. I couldn't put it down i recomend it to everyone. LOVED IT

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