Narrator: Khristine Hvam
Series: Spellcaster #3
Published by HarperCollins
Published on 3 March 2015
Genres: Paranormal, United States, Young Adult
Source: my local library
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Elizabeth's power grows stronger by the day, and the clouds over Captive's Sound grow darker. And soon a terrible flood will drown everything and everyone in its path.
In order to save her family, her friends, and her Steadfast, Mateo, Nadia swore herself to the One Beneath. Her only chance to learn how to defeat Him, and Elizabeth, is to pretend to be a loyal student of dark magic . . . but to do so, she must abandon Mateo and the world she knows. If Nadia is overcome by the temptations of this new power, the girl she was might disappear forever.
As Captive's Sound collapses into chaos, Verlaine struggles with her desire for Asa—a demon sworn to serve the One Beneath and yet the only one who truly cares for her. Their love goes against the mysterious laws of the demonic realm, but it might also be their salvation.
The battle lines are drawn, but which side will everyone fall on? Surprising alliances are made and true love is tested in the action-packed conclusion to the breathtaking Spellcaster series.
I was lucky enough that this entire series was available on audiobook at my local library (except the novella, which was available as an ebook), and that’s the primary reason I wanted to listen to it. To be able to get through an entire series on audio, well that’s one of my bookworm dreams.
So to actually enjoy it enough to keep going, that’s another thing in this series’ favour.
Not only is the narrator truly skilled at reading, able to give different, believable voices to every character, and include subtle inflections consistently, not only is the series a very solid YA read with interesting, diverse characters and a plot with twists that aren’t entirely predictable, not only is the magic system something I’ve not come across before in supernatural fiction… but I just really enjoyed it.
I really like how Nadia took charge in this novel. She hasn’t shown the most growth in the series, but she’s powerful and kicking butt, just not in a punching faces kind of way. She’s a quiet but determined leader, and I like that quality in her. Her devotion to Matteo and her never-failing goodness, even when she is supposedly bad, win points with me. I also really liked the not everything was resolved in a happily-ever-after manner.
Some of the sequences in this book were just breathtaking. After the plague in the previous book, the disaster affecting the town is constant rain turning into floods. There’s one sequence that lingers in my mind, where Verlaine is desperately trying to save the town’s newspaper archives from being destroyed in the office basement, and descriptions of the devastation and her own struggles against this obstacle, as well as the heroic efforts of other characters involved, have really stayed with me. It was powerful writing, and Verlaine is my favourite character. That’s why it was so satisfying to see the resolution of Verlaine’s story.
I really enjoyed this entire series on audio plus the addition of the novella telling the start of Elizabeth’s story so long ago (I really do recommend you read it if you can get a copy, as it really helps to round out Elizabeth’s character).