17 April 2012

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins
Hex Hall #3
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Rating: Essential

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late? - Goodreads

I am so, so pleased with this fantastic finale to one of my favourite trilogies! Usually I'm a little disappointed by the final book in a series, but Spell Bound left me feeling content about the whole thing.

As always, Sophie is such a great female lead. I love her courage and determination, and I love her awkward jokes when she's in uncomfortable situations. Absolutely hilarious. We learn more about her mum's side of the family in this book, and I really enjoyed that. We see that strong will and determination runs in the family!

I did feel that a little too much time was spent on romance rather than saving the world from demons. If the world is about to come to an end, you don't fool around! I also didn't think that the story had that urgent feel that it should have had; it just cruised along. That said, it was still a fast paced book and it had almost non-stop action. I just didn't feel as though the world was going to blow up, if that makes sense.

Like I said above, I was extremely pleased with the ending. This isn't another Harry Potter, where characters die left and right, so I was a little disappointed by that (I like suffereing, okay?) but overall I think Rachel Hawkins did a brilliant job wrapping up her trilogy and also leaving room for more.

As for my favourite book in the trilogy, I can't say that this is it. My favourite is definitely Demonglass, because that was one explosive book. Spell Bound was still excellent though, and I'll definitely be treasuring this trilogy and recommending it to everyone!


  1. Oh, many thanks for the review Amber. I recently purchased the entire series, as I read Hex Hall and Demonglass last year and wanted to have my own copies - plus I wanted to get Spell Bound. I now can't wait until I have time to read Spell Bound.

    - Sam (The Little Munchkin Reader)

    1. I hope you like it, Sam! Did you get the US editions, or...?

  2. Yes this series was wonderful. I'm a little sad about Cal and Archer's arc is ripe for a spin-off, I hope she makes one with The Eye

    1. Oh, I didn't think about Archer having a spin off with The Eye! I was thinking they'd do something with Sophie's relatives, but one with The Eye would be awesome!


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