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Page turning Frustrating Necessary Rip Off?
on 14 August 2011
Yet again i am left Frustrated with a capital F. In the previous book in this series, Waking the Witch, i was left disappointed that in order to have any answers i would have to purchase the next book, Spellbound. Now i have read Spellbound i am again left waiting for answers.
While i love Kelley Armstrong's stories and will no doubt purchase the next book at some stage, i am feeling as though Kelley has let us, her fans of the series, down. It has to be a materialistic motivation to chop up the books this way. Surely?
I am cautious now about buying the next book in the series fearing the same thing will happen, and will probably wait until the conclusions are apparent before purchasing anymore books in the series to save any further disappointment.
The fact that Spellbound came out in hardback (a bit more special and more expensive than paperback) led me to believe that perhaps this book was to make up for my disappointment with Waking the Witch. I raced through the pages believing that by the end of the book i would see Savannah's mysteries unraveled, her magic restored and her abilities improved, her love life sated and most importantly, my faith in the series reinstated.
Unfortunately, i was jumping the gun and not only does Savannah only earn a meager kiss from Adam on the last page, she fails to reinstate her magic and therefore fails miserably to 'impress' with her oh so fantastic powers (she was better empowered as a child). On top of this the story running through the book is only just starting to come together with lots more promised in perhaps more than one future book.
I am left with the distinct impression that Kelley has written a great story, but through editing the book has been extended into 3 or more books which us gullible readers and great fans will buy anyway. Leaving me at least waiting inbetween episodes for a conclusion doesn't help me stay faithful to the series, and releasing only in hardback (harder to read and carry around) also annoys me.
I will say the story in Spellbound was faster paced than Waking the Witch, and i enjoyed the glimpses of almost all the previous main characters from previous books. Gathering momentum the story is building into a climax where it looks as though all characters and all supernaturals will have to pick a side and get involved but but this isn't on the 'lord of the rings' scale and i am dubious that the conclusions will fulfill the build up.
Hope to be proven wrong.