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Spellcaster (Spellcaster Series #1)

Spellcaster (Spellcaster Series #1)

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by Claudia Gray

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A darkly enchanting series from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a teenage witch who battles dark forces in her small town, perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.

A boy cursed with visions that lead to madness. A girl granted the powers to save him.

As soon as Nadia arrives in Captive's Sound, she knows


A darkly enchanting series from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a teenage witch who battles dark forces in her small town, perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.

A boy cursed with visions that lead to madness. A girl granted the powers to save him.

As soon as Nadia arrives in Captive's Sound, she knows something is seriously wrong. The town is shrouded in dark magic, more powerful and complex than she has ever seen. Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is "cursed" with insanity. When the mysterious girl he has been dreaming of every night appears (Nadia), he fears the curse may be true. But danger is coming, and Nadia and Mateo must work together to stop this unknown force before it destroys everything in its path.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“…this is a compelling plot that mines the lore and history surrounding witchcraft to pit good against evil in a literally earth–shaking battle.”
Kiersten White
“SPELLCASTER is a whip–smart read, sinister and delightful at once.”
Publishers Weekly
High school senior Nadia Caldani is both the new girl in Captive’s Sound and a powerful novice witch. Her father moved what’s left of their family from Chicago to the depressed Rhode Island beach town after Nadia’s mother, who is also a witch, deserted them. A near-tragic car accident sets in motion Nadia’s relationship with the handsome but cursed Mateo Perez, and also alerts her witch sense that something strange lurks underneath Captive’s Sound. Enter Verlaine, another outsider who quickly becomes Nadia’s best friend, and Elizabeth Pike, an outwardly perfect girl who has her eye on Mateo. While Gray (the Evernight series) relies on a few too many paranormal clichés (two car-accident rescues, an overly broody star-crossed romance), she does a fine job of developing the good and evil witches around which her plot is built. The author’s intricate portrayal of witchcraft—including its theories, rules, spells, and history—raises this novel a notch above others in the genre, and Nadia is an appealing heroine as she juggles personal pain and looming supernatural disaster. Ages 13–up. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary. (Mar.)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"…this is a compelling plot that mines the lore and history surrounding witchcraft to pit good against evil in a literally earth–shaking battle."
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In the small New England town of Captive's Sound, magic has deep, evil roots. Nadia, whose family has recently moved there after her mother left them, discovers this very quickly for she is a witch. Her mother departed before her training could be completed, and now it is up to her and her new friends, Mateo, a tortured boy whose family is cursed with telling the future, and Verlaine, a girl with a mysterious past, to figure out how to stop the magic from destroying their home. But doing so means battling a witch whose own roots in the town go further and deeper than they could have ever imagined. While Gray relies heavily on common tropes in paranormal romance, her story manages to rise above others in the genre with an intriguing history of witches and witchcraft. Though the plot stops and starts, the characters are sympathetic. The ending promises more battles to come, and fans will clamor to know what happens.—Necia Blundy, formerly at Marlborough Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Three wounded but valiant protagonists confront a monstrous evil with human roots in this promising series opener. Nadia's mother's abrupt departure left her family bereft and her training in the Craft unfinished. In Captive's Sound, the New England village where Nadia moves with her dad and little brother to make a fresh start, evil has had 400 years to grow. Too late to avert the car crash that coincides with their arrival in town, Nadia's rescued by Mateo, the mysterious local boy whose prophetic dreams foretold the crash. His dreams arise from the ancient family curse that prompted his mother's suicide. Breaking a central rule of the Craft, Nadia confides in Verlaine, the odd social outcast who caught her working magic; a tentative friendship develops. With Mateo's family history well-known, his only friends were Elizabeth, a beautiful, longtime ally, and Gage, a new boy in town. Now a supernatural bond strengthens Nadia and Mateo's mutual attraction. Determined to lift the curse, Nadia's horrified by what she discovers—her antagonist could easily defeat a fully trained witch. Rooted in unswerving devotion, this evil was chosen. Yet knowing it didn't have to be this way only makes it scarier. Gray switches the third-person narrative viewpoint among four compelling characters, keeping readers glued to the page. This riveting tale will keep readers up late and clamoring for the next installment. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Spellcaster Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

What People are Saying About This

Kiersten White

“SPELLCASTER is a whip–smart read, sinister and delightful at once.”

Meet the Author

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.

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Spellcaster 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Needing to get away from my last intense read, this gave me exactly what I need. A thrilling fantasy, exploring the world of magic and darkness. A consistently awesome plot, I fell into this story quick. A curse that moves from generation to generation and a untrained witch who can be the only person who can help him. The plot moved at a good pace leaving me feel good. There are more twists and minor characters who played a bigger role than what I anticipated.  The love interest is quite a nice catch.  I like that there is no insta-love and really like that there are many obstacles standing in their way. It gives their love much more to fight for. Nadia and Mateo are great characters that work well together. Each have something to gain and loose. With the town quickly falling under darkness, it's up to them to stop it. Spellcaster is a fantastic story sweeping you away in an awesome adventure. Combining a dark past with an uncertain future, the reader is caught in an intriguing story. Impressive and suspenseful, Spellcaster is wonderful.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'Spellcaster' is the first book in a captivating new young adult paranormal series that follows teenage heroine and witch, Nadia. Nadia and her family, which consists of her father and her younger brother, have moved to the small town of Captive's Sound. As soon as she crosses the town line, Nadia feels the presence of another witch in the area. She also notices the strange darkness that surrounds the town, all the way down to the very trees and streets. After being rescued by the gorgeous outcast Mateo, Nadia is determined to find out what magic has been cast on this town and the people in it. Mateo's family has been cursed for generations, causing them to be driven to madness with visions of the future. Mateo's secret is that he's started having the visions - and they almost all contain Nadia. Nadia and Mateo team up with fellow outsider Verlaine to dig deep into the town's history and discover what secrets have been hidden. I need to start this review off with the confession that I am a huge sucker for anything about or containing witches and witchcraft. After reading the description, I knew I needed to check it out. This was an enchanting first book the series and definitely lived up to my expectations. The plot was really interesting and dealt intricately with witches and witchcraft - it went into detail about the spells that were cast along with the history of witches and their laws. I was really fascinated by the back story along with the details about witches that were in the story and I'm really hoping that the author delves even deeper with the next book. The characters were well rounded and I liked the trio that contained the main characters. Nadia was an awesome leading lady - smart, strong, brave, loyal, and willing to stand up for what she believes in - and even fight for what she knows is right. I loved Mateo as well, even though he was a bit stereotypical at first glance - the mysterious yet gorgeous outcast/bad boy. Underneath, he was a fierce and loyal friend and son, a hard worker, and someone who was also willing to fight for what he believed in. Verlaine was a great character for comic relief - I liked her witty remarks and somewhat snarky attitude, but she was a great friend and brave too. The plot was original and definitely had twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I was desperately reading as fast as I could to see what would happen next. There were parts of the book that seemed a bit slow, so it felt like things were being drug out. That's the main reason that this book didn't get a 5 star rating from me. The writing (other than what I just mentioned) was very well done with great attention to detail and vivid descriptions that enabled me to join the characters inside the world the author created. It was a really fast-paced book that had a great flow. The ending definitely left questions unanswered and lots of "OMG - WHAT?!" moments for me, so I'm already dying to read the next book to see what will happen next. I highly recommend this book for fans of YA paranormal, especially those who share in the love for witches with me. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Claudia Gray gives readers a unique taste of magic in Spellcaster, the first in an all new series. Life's disappointments and a town's impending destruction take on three teens holding on to hope, love and friendship. Magic is in the air. In fact, it's hidden all throughout Captive's Sound. Nadia's new home after leaving behind the hurtful memories of her mother's abandonment, and the only home Mateo's ever known, is shrouded by a darkness like they've never seen. Nadia has a connection to magic as a witch, so the moment her family drives through the barrier into Captive's Sound she knows something is off. Mateo is stuck in the middle, not knowing of magic, but dreaming the future and believing that he's set to go insane like all the Cabots before him. The two coming together along with the strangely dressed girl Verlaine, who seems to be forgotten by everyone around her, sets in motion a journey not one of them can deny. Gray captures readers easily with her quiet, brave heroine and doomed hero. The mystery woven throughout the plot is addictive in it's ability to make readers believe in all impossibilities. While Spellcaster has a brilliant storyline and Gray has the skills to keep readers on their toes, there's something about the writing style that leaves you feeling a little left on the outside. The characters don't exactly pull you in and make you feel like you're in the thick of the action with them, taking evil head on or experiencing their personal battles. Nevertheless, it's an exciting beginning to the Spellcaster series that will leave readers eager to see what trouble Nadia, Mateo and Verlaine have unleashed in Captive's Sound. *ARC provided via publisher in exchange for an honest review* Also posted on Lovey Dovey Books
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Spellcaster" is a fantasy YA novel about Nadia, a teenager whose mother has abandoned her half-trained for witchcraft. Her father moves her and her brother to a small town, in which most people have been affected by some serious witchcraft, whether they know it or not. Nadia befriends two main characters, Mateo whose family has been cursed for generations, and Verlaine, who is also under some sort of spell. Together, Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine dig into the town's history to uncover the terrible sorcery that has been dragging the town down and work to fix it. The book is written in the third person, limited to a character at a time. This writing style is perfect, as it allows the reader to learn about different characters and see a bigger picture. Elizabeth, the one who is controlling the magic in the town, is really evil and her role is a bit too much at times. She has cursed and manipulated Mateo and his family stretching back through time. The pace of the writing is decent, not too fast and not too slow. The romance between Mateo and Nadia is alright, a little fast onset and then very slow build-up. Altogether, it's a pretty solid book, on par with Gray's other series (e.g. Firebird).
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It kind of sounded like twilight but it wa till good like if the made a movie I would buy it. I want to see Mateo mostly to see if he is hot. If you want a good book read the Mortal Instruments series. Cassadra Clare is such a great author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me up night after night
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Eileen0606 More than 1 year ago
Claudia Gray did it again!! Strong female characters and handsome conflicted menfolk. I found Verlaine most intriguing and CANNOT wait for thr next installment! Her story grabs you and never lets up! A truly unique good vs. evil story with more to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complete rip off of Beautiful Creatures.