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Sonja Crocker

Springtown, TX, USA
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Fast-Paced Romance Keeps You Wanting More

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-14

What did you love best about The Spell Realm?

I liked the battle scene the best. It was well-choreographed and full of tension. I could feel Gala's emotions throughout the entire conflict. I wanted to fast-forward the audio to find out the conclusion of the battle - it filled me with so much excitement. I am glad I didn't though. Each moment gave such insight into the characters' motivations and goals.

What other book might you compare The Spell Realm to and why?

I would compare The Spell Realm to Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. Frankenstein's monster was more powerful than anyone society had every seen. Everyone was frightened of it. All Victor Frankenstein wanted was to create life. His creation was innocent and caring. But, his emotions made him do things he regretted. He had more strength than he could handle. That strength led to his destruction of those he loved. Most of the Sorcery Council is terrified of Gala - of her extreme power. None of them stop to consider what her motives might be. The Council, Augusta in particular, hates Gala and will stop at nothing to see her (and Gala's creator/lover) destroyed. Gala only wants to help others, but her spell power is overwhelming and she has so much trouble keeping those powers in check. Will she ever learn to control them? Or will they overpower her so much that she will destroy the one man who can save her?

Did Emily Durante do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Emily Durante did a great job with Gala and each of the female characters. I was a bit disappointed with her portrayal of the male characters, however. It was a distraction at times.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were several times I wanted to skip ahead to find out what was going to happen. I was on the edge of my seat. Would the Council decide to go after Gala? Would Augusta go after Gala herself? Would Gala ever be able to control her powers? I had such concern for Gala and Blaise.

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