Spellbinder (Moonshadow Series #2)

Spellbinder (Moonshadow Series #2)

by Thea Harrison

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Spellbinder (Moonshadow Series #2) by Thea Harrison

From author Thea Harrison comes the latest story in the New York Times bestselling Moonshadow trilogy….

Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her.

When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.One of the most feared and powerful sorcerers in history, Morgan le Fae serves a Queen he despises, Isabeau of the Light Court. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds.

Sidonie’s music touches Morgan in places he had abandoned centuries ago, and her fiery spirit resurrects feelings he had believed long dead. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist.

But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break. And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is revenge…

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ISBN-13: 9780998139142
Publisher: Teddy Harrison LLC
Publication date: 07/18/2017
Series: Moonshadow Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 228,223
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 4.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Spellbinder 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
HeidiU More than 1 year ago
Redemption Never Felt So Good I love books that take a bad boy or a villain and redeem him and Spellbinder does that in a completely satisfying and wonderful way. Morgan Le Fae features in previous Elder Races books along with the previous Moonshadow book and he is truly a badass, although a bit sexy in his own way. But he’s done some truly horrible things to people and no one likes him – for very good reason. He’s the Hound for the Queen of the Light Fae in England/Avalon – Isabeau, thoroughly dislikable woman. What we find out pretty quickly is that he is under a geas and has no choice in what he does, thanks to Isabeau and her twisted ways. When he is given a reprieve, he escapes to find a way out of his torment to find an amazing musician, Sidonie, whom he fixates on and begins to follow. Thus begins her downfall as Robin, the Puck from Moondshadow 1, who hates Morgan, kidnaps Sidonie in revenge against Morgan and gives her to Isabeau, hoping to get revenge against Morgan. But this eventually becomes the solution to the ending of geas and Isabeau’s power (and I won’t spoil it here) but it was wonderful! I love how Thea Harrison redeemed Morgan and made us sympathize with him, along with making it challenging and difficult for the end. Sidonie had to find her inner strength which she didn’t know she had until she was challenged and Morgan found ways to make up for his past, not just saying – It wasn’t me! He truly became a hero in my eyes and it was because of Sidonie and how she viewed him that he became the hero he once was and could always be. The book was deeply emotional and I loved the character interactions. The intricacies of the court and the politics played out nicely into the conflict and was handled brilliantly to a satisfying ending. I loved this book and can’t wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I generously received a digital ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. From the moment I read the first page, I was hooked and couldn't seem to stop reading. I've always been fascinated with the Fae, Avalon and King Arthur Legends which was in this book along with Thea's own unique spin to myths mixed with the modern world. Sidonie Martel (Sid) is a very gifted musician whose parents encouraged her gift from a young age and worked hard to ensure she had every opportunity to succeed. She loves getting lost in her music especially with a violin in her hand and forgetting about her OCD tendencies, akwardness around most people and other troubles. Morgan is a lycanthrope who was turned against his will by the petty Queen Isabeau of the Light Fae and has been under her control for centuries. He was once a very powerful human who helped a young boy become King but then was betrayed by Isabeau. Due to a geas, he's unable to pay her back for her deceit, offer help to prisoners or do anything unless Isabeau allows it. When he becomes injured after a battle, he does everything he can to be free of Isabeau as long as possible when she sends him away and hopes to find a way to become free of her completely. He happens to hear Sid perform one night in London and finds himself drawn in a way he hasn't felt in centuries though his life is about to become even more complicated. A foe who seeks to drive a wedge between Morgan and the Queen without being aware of what's behind the bond decides to kidnap Sid and in disguise manages to give her as a tribute to the Queen. Sid becomes fed up with the treatment which ends up badly for her and it will take the unexpected help of a certain Magic Man as she calls him to find a way out of the terrible situation. She has no idea who he really is because he won't give a name at first for fear it could go badly for the two of them but Sid is tenacious and is determined not only to find out his name but to help him be free of the Queen. Things become even more complicated as the story goes on but I don't want to spoil things. Let's just say that it's so worth reading to find out and some of it may be shocking. This book was full of a fascinating mix of adventure, magic, steaminess, humor, mystery and the power of love. I'm so glad to have read this book and I can't wait to see what happens next!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Absolutely loved this story. Ms. Harrison has done it again. Just when I think I’ve read the best of her books, they just keep getting better. Can’t wait for the next installment.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Another gripping, exciting book by the talented Thea Harrison. Her ability to world create and write strong, well defined characters is superb, and this second book in a new series is a fast, intense and suspenseful read.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Spellbinder is the story of Morgan Le Fae and in this story, he is a powerful sorcerer and a hound/werewolf who belongs to the evil light queen Isabeau.  We met him several stories back in the Elder Races books, I am not sure which one now.  And he was the antagonist in the first Moonshadow book.  Yet not all as it appears in the previous books and we learn that Morgan is caught under a compulsion to do Isabeau’s bidding.  On a chance slip of an order a shot at freedom present itself.  In that time he learns of Sidonie and her beautiful music. Sidonie is a renowned violinist and is on a European tour.  A powerful enemy of Morgan realizes his fascination and kidnaps Sidonie and delivers her to the queen.  Now Morgan must go back to save this beautifully talented creature from the evil that is Isabeau.   Together Sidonie and Morgan find solace in each other as they work to free Morgan of his long standing chains.  All the while keeping Sidonie alive and whole.   I love this world that Harrison has built, it is still new and fresh and every time I start a new story I can’t wait to devour it; Yet I almost don’t want to finish because then it’s over and I left waiting for the next one.  I am giving Spellbinder: Moonshadow, Book 2, 5 Boundless Stars, I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of her best books yet. Just bought the next one and have already two chapters in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and this just reinforced that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, a riveting, complex storyline with characters that draw you into their world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice take on the hounds
MarianneReads More than 1 year ago
Spellbinder was a total surprise! It's the second in the series and the choice of hero was shocking, but what a great read!!! Thea Harrison creates a fantastic world and gives you the details and characters to suck you right in from the very beginning. This is a really great read that I couldn't put down and this is a must read author for me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book every thing she writes is exciting with such great and interesting characters.Can't wait for the next book hated finishing this story because now I have count down to the next one.Great series!
Nrsangie More than 1 year ago
I buy everything of Thea Harrison's the minute it comes out. I love her Elder Races series and have been waiting impatiently for the next one. Spellbinder tells us about Morgan le Fae who, if you're familiar with the series, has shown up and caused problems for both Dragos and Pia in california, and for the Dark Fae in England. I would say from reading this, he's also based on an amalgamation of Merlin and Morgana in the King Arthur legends. You find out more also about Queen isabeau of the light fae, and maybe, why she's quite so crazy. This story follows Captain of the Hounds Morgan le Fae dealing with his wounds from the battle at the end of the last book - Moonshadow, and reporting back to Queen Isabeau of the Light Fae and being ordered to stay away from her till he is healed. Morgan sees this as his chance to be away from her and the geas she holds over him. He travels to England and happens to go to a concert given by Sidonie Martel, a famous violinist. He is extremely touched by her music and begins to go to her every concert, but Isabeau's Hounds aren't the only ones searching for him. Sid is seen as a way to hurt Morgan, and perhaps cause division between Isabeau and her famous Captain. Morgan had to find a way to save Sid without ending up back in Isabeau's clutches himself. I really liked the book, but for me, it just didn't have the magic of the first book of this new sub series in the Elder Races stories. I have read Moonshadow over and over again and it has never lost RA magi, the same with the original group of Elder Races books. This one, I read, then I skimmed over it again and I don't see myself revisiting much. It was good, it just didn't grab me the way most of this author's books do. That being said, I can't wait to find out what comes next in the series. I really hope we get to see Isabeau's final comeuppance. I received anARC in exchange for an honest review.
cordee More than 1 year ago
A generous interpretation of Isabeau's order and a good serving of luck leads Morgan from Avalon to the United Kingdom. The Queen of Light Fae usually has him on a tight leash - a dagger gives her power over him - he has to follow her every order, the geas in him overriding every wish, dream and desire he has for himself. But this time...this time she told him she didn't want to see him again before he has completely healed after the disastrous loss of the passageway to Lyonesse in the war against Oberon's Dark Court. It's his chance to taste a bit freedom and he intends to make the most of it. While free, Morgan wants to use his time wisely and research how to shake off the yoke Isabeau has put him under. He has lost so much but one thing stayed - his love for music. A fascinating pamphlet of a beautiful violin player invites him to a concert. When Morgan hears Sidonie play for the first time he is entranced. Sidonie Martel can't shake the feeling of being watched. She might have picked up a new stalker on her concert tour. Her worries are confirmed when the car taking her to the airport is intercepted and crashes and Sid is being kidnapped. Her captor isn't after her though. She is being handed over to the Queen of Light Fae, who throws her in a dungeon, with broken hands and a broken will - music is everything, how can she live when the only thing that gives her life has been taken from her? When a stranger sneaks into her cell she experiences kindness she didn't expect in a place like this. When Morgan realizes that Sid has been kidnapped he sneaks back to Avalon. It's because of him that she is trapped in Avalon, in the queen's dungeon. He can't free her but he intends to make sure she survives. She mustn't know who he is, however, because that would endanger her life. We met Morgan in the first book of this series in which he was a villain. I know that Thea Harrison can redeem those, she has done it in her Elder Races series and she'd done it so well, I knew I'd love Morgan in the end. He was a revelation. I loved EVERYTHING about him. He is kind, patient and so incredibly gentle and sweet with Sid. There is a decency, goodness about Morgan, it radiates off the pages, he definitely lives by a code of honor. Morgan has become my favorite hero right after Dragos. Sid's growth from the beginning is awesome. She starts out as a reserved young artist who obsessively starts counting things when she's stressed out. It's ironic that her OCD is what keeps her halfway sane. Her captivity steels her will, Morgan gives her courage. Their growing feelings something to fight for. Her fierce will to survive is tremendous. Sid is tenacious, never backs down and faces everything she has to endure with so much dignity, her despair is heartbreaking. And then there is adorable innocence about her. She really is an endearing heroine. Thea Harrison has a way of describing scenes that stay with you for a long time. In one scene Sidonie plays her heart out because so much depends on her music in that very moment. Ms. Harrison's words were stunning and when this scene was over I had tears in my eyes. I fell in love with Thea's Spellbinder characters. She made me care for them, root for them and cheering them on. Morgan had a short jerk moment, I was a bit mad at him for not seeing what had been offered to him. He groveled, explained, I got over it. have read almost all PNR written by Thea Harrison, she keeps impressing me with her incredibly detail
dnneal More than 1 year ago
A decent story from Harrison but not one of my favorites. I have been one of the curious about Morgan. I mean, look at the name. Morgan le Fey? And this is ultimately Morgan's story, his was the character more fleshed out. Sidonie was good but I never got the sense there was any thing other than her music remarkable about her. This is not a bad thing but I think there may have been a missed opportunity to deepen the characterization a bit. There wasn't much in the way of growth with either character. Also the pace dragged. Especially in the beginning. I read it on my iPad and have no idea of the actual page number to tell you how long it actually is but... It felt REALLY long. I've read books with 550+ pages with no recollection of time passing. I'd be reading and find myself looking at my location because I wanted to know how much further to go. Eventually my eyes skimmed pages, glossing over chunks description and inner thoughts, wondering why it was necessary. The end didn't seem so bad. Not sure if this was because I was used to skimming sections at that point or if the pace evened out. Regardless of my issues, Harrison's worldbuilding was awesome. She has a wonderful way of creating unique ones that make the ordinary extraordinary. *review copy provided by author for honest review
TheBullyMomma More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Thea Harrison's books. Spellbinder is the sequel to Moonshadow, which is a spin-off of her Elder Races series. If you haven't read Ms. Harrison's previous books run don't walk to your nearest bookstore and buy them. That said if you haven't read any of her earlier work Spellbinder can still be read as a stand alone book and still be enjoyable. I love the mentions of characters from previous books and I especially miss Sophie from Moonshadow and her effing effers, I hope she makes an appearance in future stories in all her sassy, foul mouthed glory. No spoilers about plot in my reviews, let me just say Ms. Harrison is a master (mistress of storytelling?) storyteller and the only regret you'll have about reading Spellbinder or any of her books is when you've finished and have to wait for the next one.
Meglarz More than 1 year ago
I’ve read and reread all of the novels and novellas in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series many times and like any reader, I have my favorites among them. I think the ones I hold most dear are the stories of characters I wanted to keep at arm’s length after their appearances in preceding stories — Aryal the Harpy, Julian Regillus the Nightkind King, and now Morgan of the Fae. Harrison has given each, in turn, stories that go so far beyond explaining who they are or what shaped them; stories that bring the reader into the experience each has in the struggle of becoming who they are meant to be. Spellbinder is an extraordinary novel; it’s a beautifully written and compelling story of fascinating people. Morgan and Sidonie are fantastic characters and shine individually and together throughout the novel. This is one of those stories that leads the reader to laugh, cry and get caught up in the suspense of the tale but honestly, it’s the first book I’ve read in many years that made me leap to my feet in triumph because of the absolute rightness of a particular scene.
MTayTay More than 1 year ago
In the second installment of the Moonshadow series set in parallel to the Elder Races, Thea Harrison brings us the story of the mysterious and powerful sorcerer Morgan le Fae, and the wonderfully human Sidonie Martel. Like always, Harrison brings complexities and depth to these characters, and weave a tale of danger, desire, love and revenge. The story starts with Morgan le Fae, a powerful sorcerer that has worked side by side with Queen Isabeau of the Light Court, and brought destruction in her name for centuries. And as suggested in Moonshadow, we confirm that not all is what it seems with Morgan. He as been trapped and enslaved to do Isabeau's bidding and turned into the commander of her Hounds. Injuries from his battle against the Dark Court and Isabeau's careless command give him an unexpected reprieve from the Light Court and a chance to free himself from her tyranny forever. Enter one Sidonie Martel, an extremely talented human violinist--world renown and Djinn favorite for her 'genre bending and transcendent' music. She also happens to be spunky, smart and refreshingly self aware. She is very in tune to her own strengths and faults, and uses them to navigate a deadly and unfamiliar world that she is thrown into after being kidnapped by none other than the Puck, Robin, after noticing Morgan's fascination with her. She endures torture and imprisonment before she meets a mysterious man wrapped in shadow, who heals and comforts her. What unfolds is a journey of discovery for two solitary individuals that will push the boundaries of their own abilities and force them to work together to survive and end Isabeau's reign. As always, our main characters have a depth to them that makes them wonderfully complex but also relatable and enjoyable. We get to watch them grow and learn to navigate this dangerous world, decide which is more important--love or revenge--and discover what it means to be free again. Overall I thought this addition to the Moonshadow series was enjoyable and definitely worth the read. I love Thea Harrison's writing style and have not been disappointed in a book of hers yet. That being said, while I liked it, I didn't love it the way I did Moonshadow. But will I read it again like I do most of her books? Probably ;)
Keeper_of_Freyja More than 1 year ago
Quick Take: The second book in the Moonshadow Series, kicks things up a notch by doing the unexpected. Instead of offering up a second story from among the Elder Races, Thea Harrison takes her readers on an adventure of Authorian proportions.  It's a fantastic step further into to the inner workings of the demenes across the pond and more than leaves you ready to see who will step forward to guide you on your journey next. Spellbinder unfolds around a secret truth that changes the entire landscape of a civil war, a love and partnership worth fighting for and choices harrowing enough to challenge the most pure of heart. I highly recommend starting with book one but knowing that Spellbinder is the latest installment awaiting you, makes it well worth the reading journey.  5 out of 5 stars  I was given an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review - you can read my full review at shelfenvy (dot) com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You get caught up in the story from page one! You won't want to put it down. I love the new characters and the glimpses of the old favorites for those of us that have been catived by Ms. Harrison books from the first one!
IrelandJS More than 1 year ago
Spellbinder by Thea Harrison is book 2 in the new spin-off elder races series. I loved Moonshadow, though honestly not as much as her previous books. It was a solid 4 for me - good enough to want the next book, but not quite an all-time favorite. However, I'm happy to say that Spellbinder surpassed Moonshadow in my mind, and I can't wait for book 3 now! Main character Morgan Le Fae caught my attention in the previous book, and I was curious to see why such an amazingly powerful sorcerer apparently betrayed his friends and switched sides to serve the evil fairy queen Isabeau (who you just want to strangle). It's obviously immediately in the book that he's bound by a spell, and that he's been fighting for his freedom for a LONG time. I loved Morgan - everything about him - and would be happy to have a series of just him. Sidonie is a world-famous human musician who is kidnapped and dumped in the light fairy kingdom. She pisses off Isabeau and gets dumped in the dungeon, and that's where our main characters meet, when he goes to find her, Sidonie took a little longer to grow on me than Morgan - she had a touch of TSTL, Mary sue-ishness about her when the book began. She did improve vastly, and I could get behind their romance, but I wish she'd been a little less perfect and a little more savvy from the get-go. That's the half a star, honestly. The main conflict is how Morgan tries to help her within the confines of his spell, and how they start to fall for each other even though they know he could be ordered to betray or even kill her at any time. The conflict was well-balanced, and the relationship was mature and evolved at a satisfactory pace. Ultimately, Spellbinder left me very satisfied. There are little things I'd change (Sidonie constantly thinking about how she'd been privileged in her human-world life seemed a tonely odd thing to focus on when she was in a dungeon with crippled hands, for one), but over all I was highly satisfied and have ordered a print copy for my personal library. I received an e-arc from Thea Harrison in exchange for an honest review.
KShumaker More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved it!! Sidonie and Morgan had great chemistry. She was as broken as Morgan was jaded and their story is so sweet. I especially liked how Sidonie had gotten to know Morgan without ever seeing his face. It was a nice change from the insta-love that has become so prevalent. Isabeau, Queen of the Light Fae, is a great villain and Robin, the Puck, provided wonderful comic relief. I highly recommend Spellbinder to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance. As part of Thea Harrison's Reader Review Group, I was given an advanced copy of Spellbinder free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
✦Review: SPELLBINDER (Moonshadow Book 2) by Thea Harrison Publication Date: July 18, 2017 Genre: Paranormal Romance Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated 5 Stars I loved SPELLBINDER! This is the second book in Thea Harrison's Moonshadow Trilogy that is set in the Elder Races World. You don't need to read the Elder Races Series before starting this one, but I would recommend reading book one in the Moonshadow Trilogy, MOONSHADOW, before starting book two. Each book features a different couple and can be read as standalone though. SPELLBINDER is a Morgan, a sorcerer/ werewolf and Sidonie, a human musician's book. Morgan was one of the villains in book one and even faced off with Dragos in the Elder Races Series, but he's definitely hero material in this book. I love a good villain to hero storyline. SPELLBINDER was full of danger, mystery, magic and smoking hot romance. Thea Harrison is a master world builder and I loved her take on Avalon! I highly recommend this exciting and unique paranormal series. I'm obsessed with this series and I can't wait for the next book! *Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are reading this and are considering purchasing this book, I encourage you to do this immediately. It's great story and a fun read. If you haven't read any of Thea Harrison's books, you are truly missing out. Start with The Elder Races, Book One is Dragon Bound. This book (Spellbinder) is the second book in a new series but in the same world as Elder Races. The first book in this "off shoot series" is Moonshadow. These two books can be read on their own, but for the best experience, read them in order. Now Thea Harrison, please listen up: I'm truly a fan, enjoy your books immensley and can't wait for the next story. Thank you for sharing your gift of story telling with us!
Taylor4680 More than 1 year ago
This book was able to sufficiently distract me from a 14 hour redeye plane ride- and that is no small feat! I was so excited to read Morgan's story after reading Moonshadow and it did not disappoint. All of the characters- even the minor characters- are so well fleshed out and truly suck you into the story.. enough that I was able to ignore the drunk person next to me that was trying to share my seat with me haha. I love the new world Harrison has created within the Elder Races world and can't wait to see what happens next!