Kidnapped while on tour, musician Sidonie Martel is transported to the mystical land of Avalon. A human without magical ability, she is completely vulnerable to the deadly forces surrounding her.
When she defies her captors and refuses to share her music, an act of violent cruelty leaves her broken, her ability to play silenced, maybe forever. Her only hope is a whisper in the dark, gentle hands that offer healing, and a man who refuses to show her his face yet who offers advice she dare not ignore.
One of the most feared and powerful sorcerers in history, Morgan le Fae serves a Queen he despises, Isabeau of the Light Court. Once a famous bard and an advisor to kings, Morgan has been enslaved to Isabeau for hundreds of years, acting as enforcer and the commander of her deadly Hounds.
Sidonie’s music touches Morgan in places he had abandoned centuries ago, and her fiery spirit resurrects feelings he had believed long dead. For Sidonie, trapped in captivity, passion offers a comfort she cannot resist.
But Isabeau holds Morgan bound in magical chains that only Death can break. And in the court of a cruel, jealous Queen, the only thing that burns hotter than love is revenge…
I'd been very intrigued by Morgan Le Fae, amazingly powerful sorcerer and very reluctantly serving the Light Queen. We quickly realise he is under a powerful spell and all the evil things he has done which reminds me of the Elder Races book Pia Does Hollywood because Morgan has had no choice. Isabeau is a mercurial and narcissistic character, greedy for power, and yet something she says inadvertently gives Morgan a chance to briefly escape her.
Sidonie has the world at her feet as she is a musician with amazing talents but, as a human Sidonie, has no magic. This quickly becomes a problem as she's kidnapped and delivered to the Winter Palace of the Light Fae. Sidonie has been feted, she is a woman used to privilege and has absolutely no idea of just what Isabeau is capable of. Unfortunately, she quickly sees her life, her work, and everything she needs ripped away from her; but alone in the dark she finds solace with a stranger and a renewal of spirit because where there's life there's hope!
If Moonshadow was good this book is absolutely amazing! For me it compares easily to Dragon Bound and Oracle's Moon as the romance is just so good. Also, we get more of despotic and absolutely twisted Queen Isabeau. I loved the slight nod to Arthurian legends and yes, the Puck is back, but sadly he isn't exactly the hero I'd hoped for here, alas, I can say no more.
Spellbinder is definitely a keeper with fabulous characters. Morgan is Alpha to his core but seeing the journey he took with Sidonie really allowed him to show his softer more tender side. Sidonie isn't exactly kicking butt but she is resilient and prepared to take chances. The world created here felt so realistic, plus the origins of the Elder Races becomes an integral part of this story.
I loved it and even though something truly awful happens Ms Harrison writes it in such a way that the darkness of the act didn't overtake the romance that followed. Bottom line is if you enjoy paranormal romance then this book will have you jumping for joy!
This voluntary review is of an advance copy and my thoughts and feelings are honest and I believe fair.