Spellbinder

Spellbinder

Melanie Rawn / Jun 02, 2020
Spellbinder There is magic in the big city literally New York City has a small and by preference discrete population of witches and wizards who live and love and go dancing just like everyone else Holly McClure
  • Title: Spellbinder
  • Author: Melanie Rawn
  • ISBN: 9780765315328
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There is magic in the big city literally New York City has a small, and by preference discrete, population of witches and wizards who live and love and go dancing just like everyone else Holly McClure is one of them, a successful writer who tries to ignore her heritage, except when the local Magistrate needs her special gift in his coven Holly is far interested inThere is magic in the big city literally New York City has a small, and by preference discrete, population of witches and wizards who live and love and go dancing just like everyone else Holly McClure is one of them, a successful writer who tries to ignore her heritage, except when the local Magistrate needs her special gift in his coven Holly is far interested in Evan Lachlan, the handsome federal marshal who works with her best friend, assistant district attorney Susannah Wingfield.But trouble is coming to the City in the form of a black coven run by a murderous psychopath, and deputy marshals and ADAs are powerless to deal with that kind of crime The danger to Holly is extreme, for her special gift is the power of her blood to strengthen and bind any spell, for good or for evil Holly s passionate love affair will be derailed by those who want to drain her for their own purposes In the end it will be magic against magic, and Holly McClure will have to risk all for life and love.
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      • Melanie Rawn

        Melanie Rawn received a BA in history from Scripps College and worked as a teacher and editor before becoming a writer.She has been nominated for a Locus award on three separate occasions in 1989 for Dragon Prince in the first novel category , in 1994 for Skybowl in the fantasy novel category , and again in 1995 for Ruins of Ambrai in the fantasy novel category.


    502 Comments

    1. Ok, truth is I didn t finish this I got bored with it I got bored with long scenes that were packed with apparently pointless detail and dialogue Yes, the lead characters ore totally smitten with each other it s been 2 weeks since I stopped reading this, and I can t remember their names Do we have to keep getting hit over the head with it repeatedly again and again So back to the library it went, and I m not even slightly interested in what happened.



    2. If you pick up this title expecting it to be like her Fantasy series, you deserve to be disappointed so stop giving it such a low rating It got me hooked, despite the first chapter being a little too detail heavy Melanie Rawn has written three fantasy series that I also re read Dragon Prince, Dragon Star, Exiles and am waiting on the third in one series and getting a little p ssed that she kept writing other stuff and not returning to this series Finally decided to pick up one of these extra nov [...]


    3. This is the first Melanie Rawn book I have read, and I enjoyed it I gather from other reviews of this I ve seen that it s a big departure from her other books, and older fans didn t care for the new direction, but since I didn t have any history that wasn t a problem for me This is a combination of action, romance, and magic and there is a good plot and character development I was engaged with the characters, and I wanted to root for the good guys and find out what happened to them.I would recom [...]


    4. darkpool s review pretty much hit the nail on the head for me Ok, truth is I didn t finish this I got bored with it I got bored with long scenes that were packed with apparently pointless detail and dialogue Yes, the lead characters ore totally smitten with each other it s been 2 weeks since I stopped reading this, and I can t remember their names Do we have to keep getting hit over the head with it repeatedly again and again So back to the library it went, and I m not even slightly interested i [...]


    5. Nice story, my first book by Melanie Rawn and certainly not my last.It s my first book in which witchcraft was set in the modern era, since most fantasy swords and sorcery sorta have their own witchy spells to it.Good characters, good development, believable situations and th ups and downs of a good romance novel mixed with well, magical interruptions.I liked it.


    6. Melanie Rawn, stop following the urban fantasy freight train and go finish your series Totally unimpressed Rawn s strength lies in the building of a lush and immersive setting She creates worlds and cultures that hold up to thousands of pages of story Wasting her talents for a generic paranormal romance novel is a shame.


    7. I don t know what to say about this book I really thought it would be great Now I can t believe I wasted my time reading the 400 pages It took me 2 1 2 weeks which shows I wasn t real motivated to read It was very boring to read.


    8. Since this is mostly a love story, it is extremely important that I like the main characters They are obviously the focus here, and I have to say, the male love interest rubbed me the wrong way from the start For some reason authors continue to portray cops as chunky, stubborn, womanizing idiots, and this seems to be quite the same Oh, and did I mention close minded and biased Anyway, I certainly have no interest in Evan in this book, yet the main character is infatuated with him for some reason [...]


    9. I just really didn t get into this book Not sure why, but just didn t catch me I m sure some people might like it, but it just wasn t my thing.


    10. I d have to say 4.5 stars I wavered between 4 and 5 Holly is a witch Her powers are only mediocre, but her value is that a drop of her blood will make the spells cast by others way powerful She s valued within her Circle, but there are others who want her for darker purposes This book is subtitled A Love Story With Magical Interruptions, and it is definitely a love story Holly, who is a best selling author of medieval biographies and historical fiction, meets Evan, an Irish federal Marshal The [...]


    11. As the author herself acknowledges in her note at the end of the book, this story is very different from anything else she s ever written Rawn has, up until now, always been of a classic fantasy author, all her stories taking place in worlds very much not our own This book does still have magic, but the setting is modern day, and as the subtitle suggests, the fantasy aspects are the real focus of the book.I confess that I had very serious doubts about this book even before I picked it up, and t [...]


    12. A terribly disappointing book I ve read and enjoyed everything else that Melanie Rawn has ever published, and enjoyed them all, but this book was a major departure and really just not good Rather than epic fantasy soap opera like her previous works this is a modern day supernatural romance with the emphasis on romance I ve noticed before that Rawn has a distressingly conservative streak regarding relationships, but it s easier to excuse when the characters are living in a pseudo medieval world t [...]


    13. More needed to happen in this book It seemed to focus on general themes than on the story.Almost every interesting event was glossed over in favor of fixation on the details of ritual or endless and often pointless talking and introspection One chapter ended with a pretty exciting cliff hanger, and it was followed by a different pair of characters discussing the interconnectedness of New Yorkers Talk about a disappointing transition Many of the main characters shared the same traits, a fixation [...]


    14. Holly McClure is a successful writer living in Manhattan She s also a witch, but one with a unique ability Holly s a Spellbinder, which means her blood has the power to strengthen any spell, for good or evil, and evil definitely wants her But Holly has protective friends, including a gorgeous new lover who works as a U.S Marshall She also has a special group of witches, two of whom are surrogate uncles But are these people enough to protect her Holly s also made a powerful enemy or two, and as e [...]


    15. Melanie Rawn is one of my favorite authors.That being said, I think that Spellbinder is not one of her best books Though Rawn is an experienced and incredibly talented writer, she makes some amateur mistakes The book is slow at many points, especially in the middle It also feels as if Rawn is simply flaunting her knowledge on many subjects, which is not in and of itself a bad thing, but it is not subtly included but almost forced in the reader s face On the other hand Rawn so carefully crafts in [...]


    16. I have to say that subtitle is quite accurate and I was very happy with this novel The main story is about Holly McClure, a spellbinder Her very existence is a closely guarded secret because her blood can power spells or make spells even powerful She mostly avoids her heritage except when called upon by magical Magistrate who is also a legal Judge Her best friend Susannah introduces her to Evan Lachlan and it is not quite love at first sight, but damn close Evan is a Federal Marshall who alongs [...]


    17. I really enjoyed this book It s extremely well written, with beautifully crafted characters This was to be the first book of three, but according to TOR s website, book 3 was cancelled Pffftttt This book is set in modern day, and introduces Holly McClure, a well known, published author who happens to be a Witch She one of many, and she comes from a particularly strong line of Witches It also introduces a parallel judge and jury system in place for witches In a neat twist, one of the Witch judges [...]


    18. This is a second read for me I read it when it was new, remember liking it and looking forward to a sequel, and then it seemed nothing ever happened so I gave up About a year ago, I came across the sequel in a Borders closing sale, but figured I needed to remind myself what happened in the first book before starting the second I m finally getting around to that I still like it, but I can t say I loved it I really like the characters and their interactions with each other, the witchcraft scenes, [...]


    19. This is the second time I ve read this book I swear DH bought it in hardcover, but he says we only read the first chapter or so in a bookstore Nope Read the whole thing I d forgotten how preachy it got at the end and I m not even talking about Rev Fleming here.Once again he put it down after about 2 chapters, but I plowed my way through it to the end The book is subtitled, A Love Story with Magical Interruptions Ok, nice tip of the hat there, but it s a bit too literal for me The romance is pret [...]


    20. Many years ago, in fact enough years ago that I really don t want to admit to them, I read Melanie Rawn s Dragon Prince etc and enjoyed them This book s afterword explains why she took so long to write something new, depression can be ugly.This is an interesting story of a group of magicians, the focus is Holly McClure, whose blood can fix spells and make them potent Her boyfriend and her coven have to fight evil in New York City, and it s an interesting mix Yes, it has romance, but it s not a [...]


    21. I picked this up from the library because I won another book of Melanie Rawn s and wanted to see how I liked her writing And honestly, it wasn t bad in any respects, but it didn t WOW me One of the two villains was just ridiculous like the villains in half of Nora Roberts books cookie cutter, one dimensional, and you have no idea WHY they do what they do and what their motivations are Just, oh they re a nutter and do bad things and that served a lot to lower my rating of the book The writing its [...]


    22. So I went into reading this book very informed I love Melanie Rawn I love the Ambrai series, I love Golden Key, but I kept in mind this was going to be very different than that and kept my expectations low That was a good plan.This book was bad, it took me forever to get through it It wasn t bad because I love Rawn s other books, it was bad because it was lame, with poorly developed characters, and horrible stereotypes.I couldn t have cared less about either of the main characters and the best p [...]


    23. I loved the dialog in this book it seemed very natural and flowed well I had an advanced reading copy so was distracted by some of the typos and mistakes that I m sure got smoothed out in the official published copy, but they weren t enough to distract from my overall enjoyment of the book At least not for long The story revolves around modern witches, and combine romance with a bit of mystery and some good dashes of witchcraft Melanie Rawn seems to have a good grasp of the scenario she s settin [...]


    24. This is the first and only book I ve read by Ms Rawn, but I doubt it will be the last The characters are well defined, the action a nice mix between the paranormal and the mundane, and the language fluid and engaging While not perhaps the most innovative example of the genre, the author clearly did her research and crafted a very complete tale with no discernible plot holes or confusion The book is a nice read, neither predictable nor too complicated to follow easily The romantic element kept th [...]


    25. If I could give this book a half a star I would I found it in the bargain section of Barnes and Nobles and no wonder it was so cheap I wasn t expecting much, I mean the cover says it all, a love story with magical interruptions That alone makes me cringe I know, why then one asks read the book Well I looked inside the sleeve and read the plot and it didn t sound so bad Oh but I was so very wrong Weak characters, weak plot, very bad writing I ve never read such a terrible book before I cannot put [...]


    26. Given to me by my mother in law, I was a bit hesitant It s urban fantasy which I love with some romance thrown in Thinking it d end up some being steamier than it was, I can honestly say I was a bit surprised It s a love story, with magickal workings thrown in The characters are well rounded and quirky, the plot kept me on my toes even if I found it a bit slow to begin with , and totally engrossing started it yesterday and finished in under a day Some good quotes in this one that I ll be transcr [...]


    27. I was really excited to see a new Melanie Rawn book This wasn t up to the standard of her others, though It s a completely different genre, of course This is a pretty standard gothic thriller There wasn t really anything special about the plot or characters.In an author s note at the end, she reveals that she had a struggle with depression, and that this is what she needed to write when she got over it I hope she s doing better I also hope she finds it in herself to write in some of her old univ [...]


    28. I am sure there is a good story here, but it is hard to find Rawn s writing style is confusing, jumping from memories to present to dreams to thoughts to flashbacks, all without ever really developing the characters or plot Not to mention that these little escapades take place in a font and type size that is very difficult to read I skipped ahead a lot, waiting for something to happen and it never did I rarely don t finish a book, but I kept picking this one up and putting it back down until I f [...]


    29. I honestly tried Got about 3 chapters in, then I had to give up The dialogue was really stilted and forced and boring and large mass of characters introduced in a short amount of time with no idea who the protagonist was and no clue who you were supposed to be rooting for and the jumpy plot from scene to scene to scene and the confusing relations between the characters too much Gave up.This was the first title I ve read by this author, and I don t anticipate wanting to try any of her other books [...]


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