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Publisher's Summary

A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in the newest fantasy series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood. 

Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in - and fondness for - the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind. 

For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there’s so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she’s destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it’s too late to save everything she loves?

©2020 by Charlie N. Holmberg. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Joel Froomkin should find different work

I feel bad for Elizabeth about leaving 1 star on the performance, as hers is excellent. But Joel’s narration is so bad that I can’t increase the score and allow him to coast on a better co-narrator. His reading is stiff and jilted. His emphasis increases the first few words of each sentence, then drops to nothing for the remainder of the sentence — regardless of length or content. His dialogue is almost unintelligible. I am a big fan of Charlie N Holmberg. I can’t express the disappointment I felt when the second chapter started. Read this one. Skip the audio.

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enjoyable when the female voice reads

honestly, I hated the male reader. I hated his accents, how he spoke, his voice, everything. but when the female voice spoke I enjoyed the book. kind of predictable, but still enjoyable

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Great, almost flawless

I am HOOKED! The male narrator should have worked more on his various accents or just have...not.

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Intriguing

WHAT IT'S ABOUT In Victorian England, there are two kinds of wizards: those rich enough to make spells and the rare few born with the ability to break them. MY TAKE I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. It was narrated by a man and a woman. Elizabeth Knowelden did a great job; Joel Froomkin was just okay, but it didn't take away much from my enjoyment of the story. The tale itself was intriguing. Holmberg does a great job with her magic systems, and Spellbreaker was no different. Elsie Camdem's magical ability of taking apart spells is against the law--but only because she's not registered. Abandoned as a child, she spent years in a workhouse until at the age of 11 she accidentally broke a fire protection spell and the place burned down. The law is severe against unregistered people, so Elsie can't admit what she can do. But she has a purpose, something given to her by the "cowls" (a name she gave the people who send her on secret missions to undo spells that she's told are being used to injure or subjugate poor people). It's on one of those that Elsie's caught by Bacchus Kelsey, who's visiting England to gain his mastery in magic. They work out a deal: he won't turn her over to law as an unregistered Spellbreaker, and she will work with him around his host's estate to undo negative spells. There's a lot going on in the story, including the murder of magic users, a search for Elsie's missing family, and a growing trust between her and Bacchus. I enjoyed the twists. There was one point where I was getting irritated by Elsie's naiveté and ready to stop reading when everything is turned upside down. Then the action really takes off. There's resolution for the main storyline but not for another part. I'm looking forward to the next book. 4 1/2 stars

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loved it

another wonderful book from Charlie Holmberg. I was captivated from the start and could barely stand to hit pause. i look forward to Spellmaker, as well as whatever Charlie has in store for us next!

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Not as good as the paper magician

I couldn’t get past chapter 4. I enjoy the female reader, the male reader is not great, and the story just is not as good IMO.

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strong ending

I enjoyed the story throughout, but it didn't become truly gripping until the final 3rd of the book. great narration.

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Thank You

Thank you Charlie Holmberg for such a fantastic tale. I’ve read many of your excellent books, but the stories come alive in a Victorian England setting. It’s a rich magical world rife for mystery and adventure.

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another fun read from Charlie N. Holmberg

been following Charlie holmberg since the paper magician and delighted to find yet another book to be entertained by!

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great story but...

the male narrator's attempt at the female lead's voice was bad, and the mail attempt at the male lead's posh British accent was extremely annoying.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-20

male narrator is awful

Good book but hard to listen at parts - the female narrator is engaging and well suited. The male narrator has questionable accents, struggling to hear the content in his bits as focusing on this.

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  • samyanther
  • 11-07-20

Please change the male narrator hes awful

I started reading this book on my kindle and got quite into the story. My eyes get tired easily so I use whispersync with audible. Female narrator is easy to listen to- no problems. The male narrator is bloody awful . Its stopped me listening to the book all together and im going to have to finish it by reading it. If I'd have bought to audio book first . I would have given up at chapter 2 because he's annoying and you can hardly hear what he is saying with the terrible accents .

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  • Krause Stefan
  • 11-22-20

Brilliant

Its a really good start to a new series can't wait for the next one