Steadfast (Spellcaster Series #2)

Steadfast (Spellcaster Series #2)

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by Claudia Gray
     
 

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Captive's Sound is still standing . . . but a new evil is rising.

Nadia saved the town of Captive's Sound from a fiery apocalypse and vanquished the Sorceress Elizabeth . . . or so she thought. But a crack into the underworld opened, and a greater evil is breaking through.

As Nadia's Steadfast, her boyfriend, Mateo, should make her magic stronger,

Overview

Captive's Sound is still standing . . . but a new evil is rising.

Nadia saved the town of Captive's Sound from a fiery apocalypse and vanquished the Sorceress Elizabeth . . . or so she thought. But a crack into the underworld opened, and a greater evil is breaking through.

As Nadia's Steadfast, her boyfriend, Mateo, should make her magic stronger, but the curse that torments him has only intensified. And try as she might, Nadia can't break the cruel spell on her best friend, Verlaine, or stop a mysterious illness that's striking people down one by one.

Nadia must gather all her strength to protect the ones she loves. But she is more vulnerable than ever to a darker power. The One Beneath has begun to call Nadia's name, and Nadia must decide how close she's willing to get to the darkness—before she can't escape.

Editorial Reviews

Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Julie Hanson
In book two of the Spellcaster trilogy, contemporary witch Nadia, her steadfast Mateo, and their friend Verlaine try to prevent evil sorceress Elizabeth Pike and her demon collaborator, Asa, from destroying Captive’s Sound. But the trio’s attempts to thwart them inadvertently weaken the barrier that protects the town from the dark energy of the One Beneath. Meanwhile, newly cognizant of Nadia’s unique abilities, Elizabeth tries everything in her power to persuade Nadia to join forces with her. As Elizabeth and Asa continue to wreak havoc on the town, Nadia realizes that she must make some difficult decisions in order to save Captive’s Sound from utter destruction. Overall, this imaginative novel does not disappoint. Gray integrates background information from the first book seamlessly, familiarizing readers with the story thus far. This is a narrative clearly developed with care and attention; the well-constructed plot offers many twists and turns, successfully building tension until its conclusion. Characters’ motivations and dilemmas are relatable and have an authentic, contemporary feel. Nadia is a principled and tenacious female lead, and Elizabeth is a well-drawn villain. Despite the gravity of the life-and-death drama, the tone is mildly humorous. Sexuality and violence are subtle rather than graphically depicted, rendering the mood unexpectedly lighthearted. Teens seeking a suspenseful and highly entertaining read will find much to enjoy here. The cliff-hanger ending ensures that readers will be counting the days until the final installment is available. Reviewer: Julie Hanson; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-15
All's not well in Captive's Sound; the ancient evil Nadia and friends believed they'd vanquished has not only survived, their efforts have made it stronger than ever (Spellcaster, 2013). Having seen Nadia's powers, the One Beneath intends to claim her, and Elizabeth, His loyal servant, vows to bring Nadia to Him, at any cost. On Nadia's side are her friends: Verlaine and Mateo, her Steadfast, who boosts her powers. After Nadia refuses to become her apprentice, Elizabeth—with chilling, casual indifference to consequences—proves how far she'll go to change her mind. Nadia's friends offer support, but Mateo's handicapped by intensifying visions, a family curse, while Verlaine struggles to be seen at all. Among the few who notice her is Asa, Elizabeth's demon, whose complexity deepens the story. Verlaine's curse embodies every teen's nightmare: to live unloved and unnoticed; her stubborn courage has a touching grace. As the series evolves, the rules of witchcraft and the beliefs of its practitioners are coming into focus, but intriguing mysteries remain. Witches and Steadfasts are always women, yet Mateo is a Steadfast and possibly more. Who and what constrained the One Beneath? What are Nadia and her allies willing to do, or refrain from doing, to stop Him? The eternal conflict between ends and means keeps the tension taut and the plot humming. Stay tuned. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)
Booklist
“Just as smoothly written and appealing as the first entry. The ending will provide terrific fodder for book discussions, so make sure you have enough copies to go around.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for SPELLCASTER: “…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
“This imaginative novel does not disappoint. A suspenseful and highly entertaining read.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061961229
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Series:
Spellcaster Series, #2
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
652,231
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book dont get me wrong but this second book steadfast is not so good stupid nadia joins forces with elizabeth and leaves veraline and most importantly the love of her life mateo!!!! How could she leave him. She thinks there is no other solution then to go to elizabeth i mean how stupid is that ughhhhhhhhh that just irrated me so much she could of literally looked for anoter solution and looked deepper into it but she just gave up and went with elizabeth and left mateo shes a selfish little brat and no i am definatly no reading the third book to it!!!!!!!!
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Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
Wow, what an explosive follow-up to SPELLCASTER! STEADFAST had me on my toes, anticipating the next move in this vicious cycle of good versus evil! This second installment is by far my favorite in the series so far! And the way this book ended, it's set-up for an EPIC conclusion in the next book! (I think it's going to be the last book?) THE PLOT... Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine are reveling in their victory over the dark Sorceress Elizabeth. Until the unthinkable happens! She's back, and she's more wicked then ever! She is determined to wreck havoc on Captive's Sound! Nadia struggles to understand and control her powers, and with Mateo as her Steadfast, she's stronger then she ever could of imagined. But there's a dark magic that's seeping through the barrier. And if Nadia has any chance at eliminating this evil threat, she must ward off the myriad attacks, while plotting around Elizabeth's evil plan, all while her Steadfast goes through his own struggles with coming to terms with his horrific visions that are becoming more evil and...real! I loved this book! I really did! It was so much fun to be in this dark hypnotic world! But the only thing I can say that irritated me a bit was the POV'S switch. It got to be annoying after a while, and sometimes it even went as far as having a POV with only a couple paragraphs, then the next chapter would be a full chapter of someone else's POV! I mean I understand why the author did it. So we could grasp everyone's importance to the plot. But sometimes it got too be a little too much! But besides that, I loved pretty much everything about STEADFAST! It was a quick-edge of your seat kinda read, filled with Sorcery, magic, evil, determination, betrayals, and of course, romance! Overall, STEADFAST was amazing, with twist and turns, evil that's hell bent on destroying the good, and a Protagonist that's determined not to give up and bring an end to this wickedness once and for all! If you were a fan of SPELLCASTER, then I HIGHLY recommend this book! And if your not, then you need to check it out, because your definitely missing out! In my opinion, it blew SPELLCASTER out of the water! And with that ending, I have a strong feeling that SORCERESS, the 3rd book is going to put STEADFAST to shame!!! I received an ARC copy for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own, and are not influenced in any way!