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Spellbreaker de Charlie N. Holmberg

Spellbreaker (edição: 2020)

de Charlie N. Holmberg (Autor)

Séries: Spellbreaker (1)

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Autores:Charlie N. Holmberg (Autor)
Informação:47North (2020), 300 pages
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Spellbreaker de Charlie N. Holmberg


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Oh yes, this is lovely stuff. Fun magic, great setting, a proper mystery. Really like it! ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Elsie is an orphan with a secret - she can break any spell. She's been recruited to use her skills to free people from oppression. But when she meets Bacchus and gets caught up in the ongoing crimes in the magical community, Elsie discovers there are secrets she didn't know in her past. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jun 29, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Spellbreaker duology. I got the audiobook of this from Audible.

Audiobook Quality (3/5): I listened to this on audiobook and there are two narrators. The female narrator did awesome, the male narrator came off as very jarring and almost shrill sounding and did an awful job with character voices. I would definitely skip the audiobook and just read in paper/ebook format.

Story (3/5): This was okay. It sounded like something I would absolutely love, unfortunately it came off as a bit shallow and thin to me. The story focuses on Elsie who is an unregistered spellbreaker. She is using her powers to do some clandestine work for a mysterious agency that is helping the downtrodden. When she gets caught in an illegal act, she finds herself blackmailed into using her powers to help the intriguing Bacchus. The plot is fairly simple and the whole thing just felt like it could have more depth. It was okay but just not wonderful.

Characters (3/5): Elsie is a young woman trying to balance some huge secrets while doing multiple jobs and trying to make a living. She was okay but felt kind of shallow. The same is true with Bacchus, he just felt like he was missing some depth. They were all okay but I didn’t really engage with them. The slow developing romance between the too felt very stiff as well. The side characters weren’t that well done and felt more like placeholders.

Setting (3/5): I liked the London setting and thought the world-building around Spellmakers and Spellbreakers was intriguing. I did feel like there was quite a bit of inconsistency in the magic system and that bothered me a bit. Again, this world has an interesting premise but could have been better filled out.

Writing Style (3/5): The POV here switches between Elsie and Bacchus, although we hear a lot more from Elsie. That POV switch seemed kind of unnecessary for this book and made the story feel kind of fractured. The other thing that bothered me was the ending. I know this is a duology, but I hate when authors basically do a one sentence reveal and then immediately end the book. It makes me think the author is lazy and is trying to force his readers to read the next book rather than let readers choose to read the next book because they love the writing style and story.

My Summary (3/5): Overall this was a mediocre historical fantasy with some romance and magic. The characters were so-so, the plot was fairly simple, and the world was intriguing but underdeveloped. I will not be reading the second book and kind of felt like I could take or leave this book. A part of that was definitely the awful narration of the parts from the male lead's perspective but that definitely wasn't the only thing that bothered me about this story. ( )
  krau0098 | Apr 23, 2021 |
This book was a little bit hard to get into at first when compared to The Paper Magician series, once I did there was no turning back. In the beginning, it was slightly difficult to keep Elsie and Emma straight in my head but once the story progressed I had no issues. I did feel like Bacchus was thrown into the story a little awkwardly, his history and information, in the beginning, didn’t fit well in that point in time. I knew there was a point for it to be there it just felt slightly off.

The magic system was very interesting – like The Paper Magician magic users are required to follow one area of study, any deviance is frowned upon and the aspector will not be as powerful spreading abilities through multiple areas. The idea that once an aspector passes on they are transformed into a written format of their spells they learned was quite something. The system for magic also fits with the Victorian era – especially where it concerns women and status (wealth).

The twists and turns of this book took me by surprise, I felt just as blindsided as the characters in the book. Elsie’s character was well done, I felt for her position in life, the circumstances that brought her there, and her determination to help those that she could. Bacchus’ character was a little tougher to get into but his circumstances made him more sympathetic to Elsie’s plight than if she had run into a white male aspector of the London elite. They both have situational similarities but Bacchus gains more simply by being male and having connections to elite society.

I would highly recommend Spellbreaker to readers who enjoy fantasy (low), magic, historical fiction, and Victorian Era London. ( )
  thereviewbooth | Mar 15, 2021 |
Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Goldberg has a fascinating world of magic, terrific characters, and a great plot. The characters are well developed and I can't help liking Bacchus with him being a kind of underdog although he is rich. An out of wedlock child and darker skin than the English snobs he is not "one of us".
The plot has lots of surprises and twists. Keeps me guessing! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Jan 10, 2021 |
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