review; spellcaster


by Claudia Gray

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to it than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia senses a dark and powerful magic at work in her new town. Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is cursed – and that curse will cause him to believe he’s seeing the future… until it drives him mad. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl—Nadia—from a car accident come true, he knows he’s doomed. 

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his family’s terrible curse, and to prevent a disaster that threatens the lives of everyone around them.


Okay, so I bought this book some time at the beginning of the year and only just recently cracked it open. I do not know why I waited this long because it was so interesting.

The way Claudia has created a world of magic that is so entwined with the real world is just mind-blowing. Between the Laws of Magic (why are they the way they are? what happens to the witch who breaks them? WHAT?) and the way magic is cast (so strongly tied to ones emotions and memories rather than outside materials) is so different from the magicks I have come across in other novels or television programmes, and it sucked me in almost immediately. I am in awe of the fact that Claudia has taken the fantasy genre and the magic that is usually inherent in it, and turned it into her own by the way she has decided to wield it.

And then there are the characters. Nadia, who is so sweet and powerful and good. Mateo, who is so sweet and earnest. Elizabeth, who seemed so sweet at first, but turned out to be uber creepy. Seriously, so creeped out by her. The three of them were the characters most fleshed out by the end of the novel, and I was fascinated by their dynamics with one another and with other characters. I need to get my hands on the Elizabeth-based prequel ebook.

I do wish Verlaine had been fleshed out a little more. I want to know what her deal is. Why is her hair grey. What is the magic on her about? I adored her, and her drive and passion, and her friendship with Nadia and Mateo, and I really, really hope there is more of her in the sequel.

Same with Gage, to be quite honest. He was more of a passing fancy for the story, but I adore his friendship with Mateo, and the glimpse of the good guy that he was, and while a part of me wishes the sequel does not have him being dragged into the supernatural mess, the other part of me hopes that he will play a bigger part.

The whole deal with Asa fascinates me to no end, and I think I’m going to like him. I also think he will be what Verlaine imagined as her perfect guy – a face like Jeremy, but a personality that is better. Not going to lie, I think I might ship that a little already. HELP ME.

One of my favourite things about the novel thus far though, has also got to be that there are instances of characters pointing out cultural assimilation. Yes, please, more of that, because it is realistic, and art does tend to influence life so let people of all races and creeds be seen and heard. (The fact that a lot of the characters are or seem to be PoC makes me happy.)

Definitely going to try and get my hands on the prequel ebook and the sequel before the third novel comes out. Worth a read if you are a fantasy fan fond of stories about witches and magic.

Author: Ara

I’m Aradhna, a 25 year old who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. Recently graduated with a degree in Communications and currently completed a Masters course in Creative Writing (Screenwriting), this blog is a chronicle of all things to do with my Masters project, as well as other general geekiness. I get distracted and sidetracked easily.

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