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

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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, 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

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—This second installment in the "Spellcaster" series (HarperCollins) picks up where the first installment left off. Friends Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine believe they have defeated the evil Sorceress Elizabeth but quickly discover she is still alive and harbors much more destructive plans for Captive's Sound. As Nadia continues working on developing her own magical powers in hopes of stopping the witch, she constantly feels the sting of her mother's abandonment of her family and her duty to teach Nadia the Craft. As the villain unleashes a devastating illness on the town, Nadia is forced to choose between succumbing to the One Beneath's power or risking the lives of the inhabitants of Captive's Sound. The plot moves along at an engaging, quick clip, and readers will enjoy delving deeper into the complex rules governing the witches and witchcraft. While the love story between Nadia and Mateo sometimes strays into the overly dramatic and saccharine, a new romance between Verlaine and demon Asa adds a promising twist. Readers are ultimately left with a finale that provides ample room for the story to continue, and fans will eagerly await the next installment. A good purchase for libraries that own the first title.—Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, Columbus Public Library, WI
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.”
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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062201317
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Series:
Spellcaster Series , #2
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
51,701
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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