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Spellbound: Book One (The Spell Series) [Kindle Edition]

B.L. Herndon
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Trapped by the same confinement spell as her mother, Irene is a young slave girl willing to do anything to free herself from a malicious witch’s control. The horrible spell confines Irene to Sora’s isolated cabin, the hideous witch making the girl carry out her every whim and tedious chores. Finally the day comes, the day Irene has dreamt of for years, but the messengers of this most happy news are not what Irene expected. Prince Alec and the king’s most loyal advisor, Alden, have come to Sora for help bringing with them the opportunity for Irene to escape Sora’s clutches. Needing a curing potion for King Launder, Sora gives Irene a golden necklace that will temporarily lift her confinement spell and allow Irene to venture into the great unknown and retrieve the ingredients for his elixir.

With her faithful cat companion, Conner, and Prince Alec, Irene begins her journey into the world to gather the rare ingredients such as the magical Black Lilac, Red Raven feather, and Dragon Turtle tear, but the task is much more treacherous than they could have ever imagined. Irene is given seven days to complete her mission and return before the golden necklace detaches from her neck and the spell is once again in place. With nefarious bandits on their tail and mysterious beast tamers trying to detour their plans, Irene and her friends must pull together if they ever hope to save the king.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3793 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PW4WQA
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #440,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars great book but no ending! 9 July 2012
By Sarah
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Irene is a young woman, trapped working as a slave girl for an old witch who has cast a confinement spell on her to prevent her from leaving the house.

One day the prince and an advisor come to the witch's house looking for a healing potion for the king who is sick. Agreeing to make the potion, the witch sends Irene out into the woods to collect three ingredients for the healing potion, giving her a necklace that releases her from the confinement spell for 7 days.

Leaving the witch's house for the first time ever, Irene runs into the prince who says he will accompany her on her journey.

From then on Irene has to deal with faeries, talking animals, bandits, and all other kind of problems in her quest to find the three ingredients. Trouble is that collecting ingredients isn't half of her troubles when the prince is taken from her, and spells are cast to change reality!

This book was really good, there were a few selling mistakes and grammatical errors, some of which were quite humorous ('she awoke to find somebody sh*tting in front of her' - I think she meant sitting!), but it was actually a really enjoyable read. You could even call it a sort of modern day cinderella. A real fairy tale!

The only problem was that the book has no ending! Right at the end of the text, when Irene and the prince are trying to work out how to find something, to reverse a spell, and Irene is having doubts (Sorry, trying not to give too much away!) the book just ends! Think there must be at least two chapters or even more missing! So dissapointing cause I was really enjoying it too!

Please, please Brittney Herndon - How does this story end?

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2.0 out of 5 stars It could be good 20 Jan. 2012
By kara - Published on
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The storyline of this book could be good. The amount of errors in it completely ruined it for me. Instead of reading in paragraphs most of the book is written in lines. The author needs a really good editor to go through this book and correct misspellings, missing words, wrong words and to format it into a decent looking story. I am very glad I was able to get this book for free. There is no way I would pay any money to buy this book. My advice is: If you don't mind numerous errors, buy the book. Otherwise don't bother.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential here... 30 Jun. 2014
By Jen - Published on
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Just needs a little fine-tuning. There are a few mistakes, such as using the wrong verb tense in a few places, and a few places where the grammatical order of the sentences are mixed up, and at least two instances of using the wrong word completely (perturb rather than protrude- two entirely different meanings!). These are not such horrible mistakes that they detract from the overall story, though.

And, overall, the story is good. I find myself curious enough that I've considered purchasing additional books in the series to see how it plays out.

The biggest problem with it, though, is a tendency to move too quickly through the paces. There is a lack of detail, and though the suspense and build-up for each trial is actually pretty good, as soon as the solution is hinted at, it's over - whambamthankyouma'am -and rushing on to the next crisis. And at one point, I literally skimmed back to see what I had missed, due to the sharp change in tone from one chapter to the next. The character relationships also lack depth- from the first meeting or so, everyone is the main character's newfound best friend, or so it seems, without any basic foundation on which to base any friendship. Towards the end, one of her enemies becomes an ally, without any question of whether or not to trust him; and there are several loose ends that do not see resolution in this book. The ending is very abrupt- there is no indication leading up to the final words that anything is coming to a close, so when you reach the last page you are left looking for more with a very unsatisfied feeling.

All that said, though, the book isn't all that bad. It just needs a little TLC to fill in the bare spots and smooth some of the bumps.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy 14 July 2013
By BeachArtist - Published on
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Although the writer has a good story the lack of editing, typos and grammatical mistakes makes this almost
Painful to try to read. My advice to the author is to find a good editor for the next book/ series
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was good. 8 May 2014
By theresa - Published on
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I really liked the characters and the story, I think this could be a great book if you'd go through it and correct the misspellings. The story in some parts seems to move too fast and it's hard to keep up. I would suggest going through this and rewriting it so everyone will love it. All in all, I liked the story and the characters in it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Promising, but in need of a good cleanup and work 4 Jan. 2015
By Yotafura - Published on
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This is an enjoyable read for anyone wanting a nice, simple fantasy story- I can see this book geared towards a public rounding the 12 years old mark and liking it. It is not perfect, however- while the plot allows the protagonist's mary-sueness to not stand out too much, the editing problems are what brings the book down.

There's nothing wrong with a story being simple, but when you have repeated names and sentences that make little to no sense, that does make the following of the story both difficult and unpleasant. If an editor could just have a look and clean it up, that'd be just what the story needs to shine.

Also, the end was very abrupt, without even a 'to be continued' at the bottom...the story just stops and doesn't continue or gives any hint that you need the next book to find out what happens next. The fact that it ends on a cliffhanger is a point against it, but not even telling you that it's not a complete work and you need to buy the next one to find out what happens next is even worse. This should be something that is clearly stated somewhere in the summary.
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