by Holmberg, Charlie N., 1988-

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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CLP - Sheraden Science Fiction FICTION Holmberg
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Moon Township Public Library Fiction F HOLMBERG Charlie
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A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in an all-new 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?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Elsie knew from a young age that she could break spells by merely touching the runes inscribed on a cursed object. This ability is not well thought of in a world that relies on magic, and not only because there is money involved in casting, but removing the magic is free. When working for an underground group, Elsie is caught by Bacchus, a mixed-race aristocratic magician from Barbados. Bacchus has come to London in an effort to finish up his studies, but the one spell he needs is locked away in an exclusive library that he is not allowed access to because he does not fit in with the established idea of a magician in England. As Elsie and Bacchus get to know each other, Elsie becomes concerned about reports of the deaths of magicians and the theft of their spell books. As she gets more involved with the world of magicians, she feels more urgency to solve the mystery. Elsie and Bacchus are both compelling and interesting characters, and readers will be pulled into the story by their struggles to see how they come out on the other side."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Holmberg (The Will and the Wilds) kicks off her Spellbreaker duology with this romantic and electrifying gaslamp fantasy. Orphan Elsie Camden is a spellbreaker with the rare ability to disable any wizard's spell. At age 11, she's recruited by the Cowls, a mysterious organization who order her to use her powers to disenchant spells for the good of their cause. Now 21, it's been 10 years since Elsie interacted with any of the Cowls in person, instead receiving her assignments through cryptic letters. On one of her missions, she's caught by Bacchus Kelsey, a powerful wizard, and agrees to work for him to keep him from reporting her to the authorities. As a series of wizard murders and grimoire thefts sow fear among the magical community, Elsie discovers that the Cowls are not who she thought they were. Holmberg maintains the tension and suspense in the magical story line even as light romance blooms between Elsie and Bacchus. Though the cliffhanger ending will leave some frustrated, the fast-paced plot and fully realized world will have readers eager for the next installment. Fans of Victorian-influenced fantasy won't want to put this down. Agent: Marlene Stringer, the Stringer Literary Agency. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Series Spellbreaker ; [book 1]
Subjects Magic -- Fiction.
Wizards -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher Seattle :47North,2020
Other Titles Spell breaker
Language English
Description 290 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781542020091
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