Published by Harper Collins on March 5th 2013
Genres: Girls & Women, Horror & Ghost Stories, Love & Romance, Young Adult
A darkly enchanting series from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a teenage witch who battles dark forces in her small town, perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.A boy cursed with visions that lead to madness. A girl granted the powers to save him.As soon as Nadia arrives in Captive's Sound, she knows something is seriously wrong. The town is shrouded in dark magic, more powerful and complex than she has ever seen. Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is
Since her mother left, Nadia Caldani feels responsible for taking care of her little brother and father. On the ride into their new town, she and her family are in an accident and a stranger helps rescue her. Only he acts like he knows her—like her existence frightens him. Mateo Perez, her savior, has been having dreams about Nadia and her death for months. The only person he’s confided in is Elizabeth, the only one who doesn’t treat him like a pariah. But at least there’s a reason people treat Mateo like he could be radioactive; there’s no explanation for why people shun Verlaine. This unlikely trio gets tangled up in an intricate fight to destroy the evil that lurks beneath Sound’s Captive—and the villain behind it.
So far, this turned out to be my favorite of Claudia Gray’s books. I read the Evernight series back in middle school, closer to when they were first published, and enjoyed them but not as much as Spellcaster. From the first chapter I was hooked and intrigued by the possibilities and adventure they faced. Verlaine added a unique quality to the novel, and I’m still curious to know more about her character’s past. The novel was told in 3rd person, switching between multiple characters in order to offer various perspectives. Personally, I enjoyed the changes and trying to understand how each scene fit into the overall story.
The love story between Mateo and Nadia was unique. Of course what more could one have expected when the boy the main character had a crush on dreamed constantly of her dying in front of him. It added a twist to their relationship, with a wall that remained formidable—but somehow they managed to overcome it. Though parts of their relationship were predictable, I enjoyed that aspect of it. It did have a stereotypical lightness of a contemporary novel, but Gray added the paranormal agenda.
There were a few moments that were more interesting and action-packed than others, but the slower moments added to the foundation of the story. For instance, the moments where the trio looked for evidence to help stop the wicked thing prowling about helped establish a relationship between the unlikely friends and the town’s history.
I’ve been a fan of the paranormal genre since I fell in love with reading. From Buffy to L.J. Smith’s classic vampires and witches, I still enjoy an ageless tale of supernatural forces fighting against the evil in a small town. I’m glad I have the remainder of the series on my shelf and will most definitely continue to follow the characters on their journey. The ending of Spellcaster did not have a finality to it—it is a trilogy, nonetheless—so I can’t wait to see how the trio will defeat the villain for good.