Spell Bound (Women of the Otherworld Series #12)

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In hardcover, this penultimate novel in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld epic won reader plaudits, solid sales, and good reviews. In mass market paperback and NOOK Book, we expect it to do just as well.

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Bad news for the witch Savannah Levine. Having sworn off magic, she's pretty helpless when a bunch of witch-hunting assassins and half-demons strike while she's stuck on the road. Ten years after debuting with Bitten, Armstrong gathers favorite characters from her No. 1 New York Times best sellers—among them Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, and Hope—for a grand bash-up (but not, it seems, a grand finale). Buy multiples where Armstrong is popular.
Kirkus Reviews

Book 11 of a 12-volume urban fantasy series is merely preparation for what promises to be an epic climax.

At the end of the previous installment (Waking the Witch, 2010, etc.) witch/sorcerer Savannah Levine thought to herself that she'd do anything, even give up her magic, if she could reunite an orphaned girl with her grandmother, imprisoned for killing two women. Unfortunately, someone heard Savannah's desperate wish and granted it, even as a witch hunter, demons and a cult of supernatural immortality (and publicity) seekers attempt either to kill her or win her to their apocalyptic cause. Entirely unused to operating without her powers, and still struggling with her feelings for half-demon Adam Vasic, 21-year-old Savannah must grow up quickly and prepare for battle (although against what it's not quite certain). Before the many strands of the plot resolve into a single story line, readers may have some difficulty keeping track of everything. This is definitely the wrong place to jump into the series, which, despite the substantial supply of action sequences and copious exposition, is clearly an extended buildup for the final volume, which will, no doubt, be a supernatural smackdown of amazing proportions.

Unable to stand on its own, but fans should be happy enough.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452297999
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Series: Women of the Otherworld Series , #12
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 148,413
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelley Armstrong
Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong is the New York Times bestselling author of the Women of the Otherworld series. She has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. All efforts to make her produce “normal” stories failed. Today she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves while safely locked in her basement writing-dungeon.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Fans will not be disappointed

    This is the twelfth installment of the "Otherworld" series, and it may just be the best one yet! Kelley Armstrong has offered all sorts of demons, witches, vampires, werewolves, fallen angels - a little bit of everything - with each novel she produces. And, in Spell Bound, Ms. Armstrong has brought some truly beloved characters back together again in order to support, offend, kill, maim, and.fall in love with, Savannah Levine. Savannah Levine (for anyone out there who is still unfamiliar with this series) is a PI, and has just returned from her very first 'detective' case which didn't end well. Walking slowly into a hotel, Savannah is trying to get over the fact that she has just solved the murder of three women and sent a half-demon back to Hell.but she feels absolutely broken. You see, after solving the crime the wrong person was incarcerated - taken away from a little girl who truly needed her family. But when Savannah whispers in her own mind that she would gladly give up her own powers to "fix" this mess, she had no idea who was listening. Savannah soon finds out that all of her "spells" are gone; she can't even unlock a door anymore because her wealth of "magic" has suddenly disappeared. Perhaps The Fates had heard her and took her up on the offer, yet everyone knows that The Fates don't work that way. Soon, Adam - the half-demon who Savannah has been in love with since she was twelve, and who is now her best friend - appears by her side. Together, they enter into a seriously messed-up situation that involves, an odd "pair" who are going to demons door-to-door and leaving no trace of themselves behind except a dead body; a small witch-hunter who seems to desperately want to kill Savannah, yet her plan is far more underhanded; Jaime - the psychic friend who has Savannah's mother, 'Eve,' sitting on her shoulder as she performs psychic shows across the country; Hope, the daughter of Lucifer and wife of a werewolf, who is currently about to have a baby and can't seem to stop having nightmarish visions about Savannah holding a strange sword; and, the list goes on, as readers are handed one of the best "Otherworld"-ly books to date. As the characters come forth, readers learn that the supernatural world may be facing a great enemy. In fact, a maelstrom is about to blow through their world and expose each and every one of them to the normal humans who will want nothing more than to study, examine, and carve them all up. The War is coming, and Savannah seems to be one supernatural girl who both 'sides' want on their team. Quill Says: As always, fans will not be disappointed. All the old characters are back, but this twelfth installment seems to be setting the stage for a grand finale!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

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    Satisfying read

    This book did not disappoint. I loved seeing everyone coming together. I am pleased!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011


    Overall, I thought this was a decent Otherworld novel but defintiely not in the league with any of the other books. It read like a young adult book. "Will he kiss me? Maybe he will. Oh wait, no, he's just looking at me really close." "Lucas/Paige won't like me if I'm different." "Wait, yes they will..." The pacing was slow and mired down in teenage-like angst. Spellbound is about Savannah, an Otherworld young woman, but unlike the other characters, it lacked emotional depth and adult complexity and themes. Kelley Armstrong has been devoting her energies to writing for her young adult series and wonder if that has spilled over into the Otherworld Series (which is supposed to be adult).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012


    This book was good but not as good as waking the witch. I hope adam and savannah pursue their relationship. I still love the series and hope the third one will be even better!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Recommended for fans of the Otherworld series!

    [Note: A rating of 3 stars and above signifies a satisfying read for me.]

    Kelley Armstrong's newest Otherworld novel SPELL BOUND is an enjoyable read. Picking up the moment that WAKING THE WITCH leaves off, Savannah leads us on a whirlwind adventure as she tries to discover what happened to her mysteriously vanished powers and, more importantly, who she is without them.

    SPELL BOUND seemed, to me, to have two main purposes: to force Savannah to do a lot of growing up in a short amount of time, and to set the stage for an epic showdown in the forthcoming final Otherworld novel.

    The issue of Savannah's maturity (or, in many cases, lack thereof) was definitely the heavy hitter and I enjoyed reading her realistic emotional struggles and witnessing her missteps. That sounds a bit sadistic but Savannah's slow-to-come realization that she has behaved like a spoiled princess was very well written. Armstrong didn't pull any punches when it came to Savannah's friends and family calling her out, which only made Savannah's process of coming to terms with who she'd been and who she wanted to be that much sweeter.

    Adam Vasic gets a lot of screen time (so to speak), which I loved. He's a fun, strong character and a great match for Savannah. Their dialogue is sharp and entertaining, with the exception of one bad habit of Savannah's: she cuts Adam off constantly. I'm sure it's realistic--conversations are a much more fluid thing in real life than they are on the page--but it became a bit tiresome and irritating for me after a while. In addition to Adam, we get to see a some of Paige and Lucas, and there are cameos from just about every major character in the series, which was really fun to read.

    I would have liked to give SPELL BOUND four stars but unfortunately, I just didn't feel the same sense of urgency and risk with the bad guy plot that I normally do with Armstrong's books. It could be that the book's events were given a bit of a back-burner feel because it was Savannah telling the story and the most important thing to her was the mystery of her missing powers (which isn't the primary driver spurring on the bad guy, action-based plot).

    SPELL BOUND is a very enjoyable book, one that I would recommend to any fans of Armstrong's Otherworld series. I'm eager to find out what happens in the final book--to see whether or not Savannah can step up and become the person she wants to be and to witness the epic supernatural showdown that's been building all through this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2014


    The last three books could of been one longer book instead of a skimpy 260 pages. They milked the crap out of the series. I have read magazines that were longer than the last 3 books. The advertised page total includes every single page in the book including the cover. The content is much less. Loved the series, hate the publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013


    Very entertained

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Spell Binding

    It makes you want to keep reading until the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012


    Quick easy read. Can't wait to dig into the final book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Love this series

    Love this series love the characters these books are meant for adults this book is the second to last in the series so dont start with this book

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    Extremely recommended to paranormal action junkies!

    I was recommended this series from a borders worker a few years ago and love this series. In this book particularly, is 10 years after the first book. So many different characters and never dull moments. I can't wait to get the last one, Thirteen! I have also read other kelley Armstrong books and I am definitely an author fan. She writes adult and teen thrillers. Amazing!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Love the series...

    Great read, love this series! Can't wait till the next book! Recommend to start the Women of the Otherworld Series before starting this book.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Ready for the twelfth book in this wonderful series!? Savannah's

    Ready for the twelfth book in this wonderful series!? Savannah's unforgettable character returns and the reader will be thrown into a world where danger is around every corner and the reader meets more than a few paranormal creatures. The reader should read the first few books in the series in order to fully understand the current plot.

    In this novel, Savannah's powers are taken. She is resentful and sullen over this change and the reader will want to shake her more than once. Without any powers, she is simply a human private investigator, nothing special. She is further annoyed when the witch hunters begin to track her. Rather than behaving more maturely, she doesn't really act her age. One might think she would be far more careful, knowing that she was being tracked, but instead she is careless. Though her character may become aggravating, her flaws make her seem more realistic.

    The plot is busy. The reader will have to follow several subplots and manage to connect-the-dots. There is a mysterious kidnapping, a group that wants to expose all paranormals, witch hunters, new relationships, etc... There is plenty of action and a little bit of romance to keep the reader happy. The reader's questions from previous books will go mostly unanswered and the reader may even find him/herself discovering a couple new questions. Overall, the book is perfect for Kelley Armstrong fans!

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  • Posted March 19, 2012


    A great story. Well-written. The story moves at a fast clip and characters are believable. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Wonderful series

    Armstrong does it again. I love reading about all the characters

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

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    another winner by kelley armstrong

    I love the entire Otherworl series and this book is no exception. I love how Savannah's character is developing and can't wait for her next starring book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Another good one!

    This is one of my favorite series. This was a very good read filled with lots of action. It even featured alot of the characters in it from the rest of the series. My only complaint was the abrupt ending. But I guess we will find out the rest in
    The next book, which I will be def. buying! : )

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Great book

    I love this entire series. This book was no different. My only complaint is that it ended rather abruptly and without much resolution. I really hope that the next book in the series will be out sooner than later.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Loved This Story

    Kelly is amazing as always

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Loved It!!!

    I cannot wait for more and was sad when the end came. Armstrong is an excellent writer and I couldn't put the book down. I have read most of her work in the past and she never disappoints. Im just waiting for the next book so I can find out if Adam will finally admit he loves Savannah or still pretend to be just a friend. Even without the little bit of Romance the story itself is great.

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