Spellcrossed – Barbara Ashford
MY RATING: 5 of 5 Stars
This sequel to “Spellcast,” which I reviewed here last week, was entertaining to the very last page. I won’t say it captivated me quite as thoroughly as the first book, but that’s probably because it was a continuation of the same story, and I was already familiar with the world and the characters involved. I can definitely say that I was very glad to have read Book 1 with Book 2 waiting in the wings. I NEEDED to know how it was all going to turn out, and in that, “Spellcrossed” didn’t disappoint.
For one thing, it was quite clear why Maggie’s “daddy issues” were so much a part of “Spellcast.” For another, many more questions about the very charismatic and engaging Rowan MacKenzie were answered. The relationship between Maggie & Rowan continued to build and deepen, yet still remained extremely complicated, with obvious difficulties likely in their future. In other words, it was believable, with no easy happily-ever-afters attached.
The book is filled with redemption and hope, with the message coming across loud and clear that Family is about much more than shared DNA . There’s a great sense of love, connection, and caring for one another pervasive throughout. And along the way, a little theater! Literally. I now know more than I ever imagined about the mechanics behind producing summer stock plays in a small-town, but professional, setting. Having never read anything about stage productions before, and in spite of my initial misgivings, I found that it really did become quite fascinating. The sense of camaraderie that develops between cast and crew was an integral part of the overall story, and provided a unique backdrop to the other elements of the tale.
My favorite character remains Rowan MacKenzie. I will remember him for a long, long time. My least favorite would be Maggie’s father, Jack. I doubt anyone could really find him likable, though some might sympathize with him. Me, I couldn’t work up a single positive feeling for him, try as I might, and had I been Maggie, would have tossed him to the curb early on. Maggie is infinitely more forgiving than I, apparently.
If you have read “Spellcast,” you simply have to read “Spellcrossed,” or you’ll never get all your questions answered. If you haven’t yet read “Spellcast,” do. It’s a story not quite like any other. And I mean that in the best way.
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