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Spellbound, by Blake Charlton [Jun. 8th, 2011|12:32 pm]
Marissa Lingen

Review copy provided by Tor.

This is the sequel to Spellwright, and it's due out in September. I guess you could read it without Spellwright and catch up reasonably well, but I think it's a much better idea to read both if you're interested.

In some ways Spellbound has a very clear genre place. It's an adventure fantasy, it has fairly straightforward prose and fairly straightforward characters, there are occasional but not highly obtrusive puns--it fits in with a bunch of other things, and you'll like it if it's the sort of thing you like.

The place where these books--Spellbound even more than Spellwright--really stand out is that Charlton has used not just his knowledge of the body from being a med student but his approach to the body, to ability and disability, to healing and its frustrations and failures. I don't recall another book that handles disability in quite this way in its major characters, and I think it's really well done. I'd like to hear from other people who read this series and have different experiences of health/disability than mine. If you're not opposed to adventure fantasy, it's a good read.

[User Picture]From: finnyb
2011-06-09 02:06 am (UTC)
Interestingly enough, I'm having trouble getting into Spellwright. I like the characters, I like the story, the world, all of it. Something is just making it very slow-going, and I can't figure out what that something is. It's rather annoying. Thanks for letting me know there will be a sequel coming, though--I didn't know that!
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From: joshuahaddon
2011-06-15 03:31 am (UTC)

Very compelling

I think it's fascinating how the tension is developed because of the inclusion of disabilities. I can imagine it's so hard to create a world where you have limitations, I know I would if I were writing a novel, but this is where the book is great! It makes reading so compelling I just couldn't put the book down! It takes real brilliance to be able to develope suspence in this way ... If it were me I would probably write a real boring "hero" that overcomes everything... There is no development in that ... I just can't wait to experience the further character development... It's almost as if you are right there cheering him on! Go go go! Can't wait for the next book! Go Blake go!!!
- Joshua haddon
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