Thursday, October 24, 2013
12:00 AM | Posted by Ashley G. |
First, I should be honest. The thing that finally convinced me to read this book was that I found out that the audiobook was narrated by Khristine Hvam. She is my favorite narrator so I thought I should go ahead and give this book a chance. Khristine Hvam does an excellent job with this audiobook. She makes the listening experience completely enjoyable and truly brings the story to life.
The main character, Nadia, is an interesting care to see develop. She's smart and talented but she's not completely confident in her abilities because her mom left her without teaching her everything about the craft. Now, that she knows no witches and has no one to guide her she's unsure if the craft even has a place in her future. But more troubling than that fact, she's haunted by why her mom would leave in the first place and why she wants no contact with her at all.
Two of the most interesting characters in the story to me where Verlain (that may be spelled wrong since I listened to the audiobook and don't own a physical copy of the book yet) and Elizabeth. Verlain is this very different girl that everyone just seems to overlook. She has a great sense of humor and personaility yet no one makes her any attention. This is eventually explained and I thought it was a great twist to the story. Elizabeth at first glance is this sweet wholesome girl. However, we quickly learn that's not the case. She's not at all what I expected her to be.
The plot was fast paced and entertaining. I loved seeing Nadia develop her talents and also watch her friendship with Verlain grow and her relationship with Mateo develop. I'm a sucker for "the fate of the world rests in our hands and we must find a way to stop it" plots. This is definitely one of those and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
SPELLCASTER is a fast paced novel that had my attention from the very beginning. While it's not my typical read, I am very pleased that I decided to read it. Kudos to Khristine Hvam for being such an awesome narrator and kudos to the always wonderful Claudia Gray for creating yet another great book.
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