The Bitter Seed of Magic (Spellcrackers Series #3)

The Bitter Seed of Magic (Spellcrackers Series #3)

by Suzanne McLeod

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For once, Genny's life seems quiet. Her sexy boss isn't pushing for a decision on their relationship, and the witches have declared that she is no longer a threat. But when a teenaged faeling is fished out of the River Thames and another disappears, Genny finds herself in a race to stop a curse from taking its next victim.

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ISBN-13: 9781937007201
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Series: Spellcrackers Series , #3
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,051,583
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Suzanne McLeod was born in London but spent most of her childhood in the Midlands.She's been a secretary, a cocktail waitress, a dance instructor and a retail properties manager. Eventually, she decided to try to make a living at her long-time passion--fiction writing. She has since settled on the relatively sunny South Coast of England where she lives with her husband and two rescue dogs, all of whom are enthusiastic about her new career. THE SPELLCRACKERS TRILOGY is her début work.

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The Bitter Seed of Magic (Spellcrackers Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Mardel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really, I'm afraid I'm not going to do the book justice. I never really analyze books, characterization and plot points, etc. Frankly, I wouldn't know the first thing about this type of reviewing. I do know whether I like a book or not though. Mainly I focus on whether I enjoyed reading the book, if the dialogue was good, great or lame and how the story flows....for me, this means The Bitter Seed of Magic scored high on all three points. The dialogue was great, the enjoyment factor was high and the book flowed from beginning to end, from the first page to the last.Genny Taylor has come to enjoy a sort of peaceful existence after the events of the last two books - She's not under any immediate threats, the vampires are leaving her alone, the witches are tolerating her, and the fae are holding back on pushing their courting of her. But this is just the eye of the storm, because really, everything has just been on hold. Being called in to look at a body, checking for spells seems to be the catalyst for a series of events that shatter Genny's world and even changes what she thought she knew about herself.Previously, Genny had found out that the fae were under a curse - no fae would be fertile and they all expected Genny to be able to crack the curse. Many of the fae expect her to be able to break the curse by bearing children with them, or doing the nasty with them. Of course Genny doesn't want to be forced to bear any children with just anyone (or anyfae). But at the beginning, things are calm, until the body is discovered. Turns out this isn't the first body, and they've all been faelings. Genny is now being pressured in a huge way to find out what's going on, at the same time the same people seem to be going against her finding out, the fertility curse becomes important again to all, and things begin to spiral out of control.There were many twists in this book. It was great. Just when I thought I knew what was happening, nope - that wasn't it. It's fun being taken by surprise with who's behind the deeds and who's plotting against whom.I also love the way the different characters speak to each other. Ms McLeod is able to have (for instance) Genny and Malik have a conversation with Genny's more modern speech and Malik's more formal speech with out it feeling forced and awkward. Seems like this should be an obvious skill for writers, but it doesn't always work out for some.... Speaking of characters; I love a good mixup of character types. And the series has lots of fun characters....dryads, brownies, goblins (might be some of my favorites, with their love of the shiny bling), witches, ghosts, vampires, satyrs, and more. I also love the way they are described under their glamour - or their human guises. The attention to detail without being overwhelming, the many varied appearances - I am consistantly amazed at the creativity of writers like Suzanne McLeod. sometimes you get to read a story that calls itself paranormal and yet has very little interactions with different species. Suzanne's novels are all about all the different appearances and species, and behaviours.Even though one of the main points of the plot was fertility, or the fertility curse- with all the accompanying feelings and desires that go with fertility - I didn't feel like I was getting ambushed with the "hawt and heavy" - y'know, the heaving breasts, and turgid...well y'know. There were some steamy situations and some hot-blooded wants, but it never felt like that was the complete purpose of the book. The parts were there, the situations were happening - but it wasn't obsessively so; there wasn't a time when I felt like rolling my eyes and saying "oh please". Believe me, with some books that's all I felt like doing. I usually don't finish reading them. There was a good blend and balance of story, subplots and all those....y'know - feelings. :)Fun characters, good plots, fun dialogue, some steam and lots of humor to go along with the suspense an
blodeuedd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't believe this, the next book is out first in 2012! How on earth will I make it until then? I seriously need more Genny.Back to business then. Genny needs to crack a certain fertility curse so that she doesn't have to have a baby. The Fae are sending suitors to her, and I must say that I like the two in this book. Then there is the queen of the fairy lands who doesn't want her preggers. But Genny does not give up and she keeps on going and going. She is one tough Sidhe.As usual there are lots of things going on. Trying to break the curse, finding who is killing Faelings, and as usual dealings with vampires. There is plenty of action, and I just had to keep on reading because I did not want to put the book down. I just had to know what would happen next.The love life then, there is still Finn, but honestly, he is too nice, while I want her with Malik, who is totally wrong for her, but that man just oozes passion. And they have some serious tension going on between them. One more thing I looking forward to in the next book.The book did manage to make me go OMG! What a moment, I did not see that coming. I wish I could tell you all, but just read the series and you will experience it.A magical series that make me want more and more. The books keep on getting better.Conclusion:Just read the series :D It has so much to offer, some good old sexual tension, vampires with plans, all sorts of different Fae, London, and secrets, so many juicy secrets. Now I just have to wait one more year until the next book, I would give anything for at least a blurb.Rating:Awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love reading these books. Keeps me occupied and on the edge of my seat. Love the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the Spellcrackers Series! Keeps me on the edge of my seat. I am hoping they release the fourth series of the book electronically in the U.S. soon... PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!!
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Yaz4735 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't too sure where the series was headed with the fertility issue in book 2. I admit I did think that that this one wasn't going to be as good as the previous books. But boy was I wrong! It was amazing, and the shocks kept coming, I had no idea what was going to happen next. I practically had to force myself to put the book down and pull my head out of Genny's world. I gave up fighting it in the end and finished the rest. Now I'm sitting down, biting my fingernails, thinking how I'm going to survive until the next instalment in 2012. At least we got a happy ending and yay! no cliffhangers. Which'll make the next year or so bearable!! If you haven't read this series, you should. I promise you won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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No, i meant what did u say? I didnt rly understand.
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Can't wait for the next installment. Fabulous.
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