Published by Five Fathoms Press on September 4, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Romantic
Sexual Content: Kissing, implied sex
Reviewed by: Kate
In nineteenth-century Angland, magic is reserved for gentlemen while ladies attend to the more practical business of politics. But Cassandra Harwood has never followed the rules...
Four months ago, Cassandra Harwood was the first woman magician in Angland, and she was betrothed to the brilliant, intense love of her life.
Now Cassandra is trapped in a snowbound house party deep in the elven dales, surrounded by bickering gentleman magicians, manipulative lady politicians, her own interfering family members, and, worst of all, her infuriatingly stubborn ex-fiancé, who refuses to understand that she’s given him up for his own good.
But the greatest danger of all lies outside the manor in the falling snow, where a powerful and malevolent elf-lord lurks...and Cassandra lost all of her own magic four months ago.
To save herself, Cassandra will have to discover exactly what inner powers she still possesses – and risk everything to win a new kind of happiness.
A witty and sparkling romantic fantasy novella for adults that opens a brand-new series from the author of Kat, Incorrigible, Masks and Shadows and Congress of Secrets.
My only complaint about SNOWSPELLED is that it is too short! Leaving me desperate for the next book in the The Harwood Spellbook series, SNOWSPELLED is an adorable romantic novella with a bit of a mystery. It's exactly what I would have expected from the author of KAT, INCORRIGIBLE.
SNOWSPELLED starts right in the middle of a conversation between two of the main characters and immediately sucks you in. Cassandra is intriguing and her sister-in-law Amy is stubborn and mischievous. Not only are those two delightful to read and learn about, but I love the relationships throughout the novella, shown in short scenes but managing to feel very natural, as if the reader knows the history of the characters.
The world building was excellently done, as aspects of the world were explained as they came up. Most of the major questions I had were deftly answered, though there are some aspects I am definitely curious about. I think that mostly comes from the length of the story, and the fact that it is a novella - not everything can be dealt with in this first installment. It's definitely a fascinating world, though, with a matriarchal society with magic and elves!
All in all, I wholeheartedly recommend SNOWSPELLED if you like historical fantasy, romance or are even just looking for something a little different to read. I can't wait for THORNBOUND, the next book in the series!Series Titles: