Review - The First Spell by Rachel Carrington

Title: The First Spell
Author: Rachel Carrington
Series: Hot Magic #0.5
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Published: July 17th 2012

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description

Though a prequel to the Hot Magic Series, this is a standalone book. None of the other books in the series, Indigo Spell, Breaking the Spell, and Unchained Spell, need to read first!

Captivated by a wizard with amnesia, Jensen knows he’s only asking for trouble when he takes her to his world. Finding out she’s a member of an enemy guild doesn’t change his connection to her. And their first kiss only strengthens his need to keep her close.

Barely knowing her own name, Charlemaine begins having horrible visions of impeding doom, and she’s labeled an enemy of Jensen’s guild. She doesn’t trust she isn’t being used as bait to bring down the group of powerful wizards, but she doesn’t want to leave Jensen.

Jensen will risk anything to save Charlemaine’s life when magic gives way to betrayal. But will the need for vengeance overcome even the strongest love?

My Review

What a fantastic start to the series! As you may or may not know, I am an action girl and The First Spell has everything I love jammed into one short book! Rachel Carrington has written a fast paced book and introduced me to a whole new world which includes Wizards, magic, lust, deception and plenty of action.

Two brothers, Jenson and Remy are both part of the Assembly, the most powerful Guild of Wizards in the world. While they were in the woods, they find an unconscious girl and when she wakes she doesn't have any memories. Jensen has an attraction to the girl immediately and is quick to defend her and keep her safe. Jensen uses his abilities to help her to remember who she is and hopefully to get some of her memories back. Charlemaine or Charlie as she prefers, remembers nothing of her family but is desperate to find out so she can return home. The brothers believe she is from the Nocturne Guild, but Jensen will not let her leave until she is able to defend herself and she remembers who she is.

And now begins the whirl wind romance. Charlie and Jensen have to overcome a few obstacles and are thrust into some situations that are out of their control. Even though they are from two different guilds they are beginning to realise that not everything is black and white when it comes to magic and their beliefs.

As I said earlier, there is deception in the plot as someone is trying to bring down the Assembly and Charlie tries to work with Jensen and his Guild to help find the traitor. Someone wants to bring the fire dagger into the world to destroy the Assembly and to unleash evil upon the world.

Charlie is a character I found easy to relate too. She is a bit reserved to begin with, but when her memories start to come back she starts to fire up. She is a fun character, and is willing to sacrifice her life or her magic to save anyone in her family. She spends most of this story trying to remain alive and conscious and she is a completely different character to those that are in the Assembly. Jensen is an honourable man and it becomes his personal mission to protect Charlie at all costs. He is a very powerful wizard and dedicated to his guild.

Rachel Carrington has a fantastic writing style and I was kept entertained from the beginning to the very end. The magical element of the plot was intriguing and I enjoy reading books with wizards and witches and this series promises to have all that and more. It is an exciting new series and I can't wait to see what Rachel will bring me next!

About Rachel

I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.

After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense. I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, and Funds for Writers.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read paranormal romance, romantic suspense, young adult fantasy and paranormal, create videos, shop, cross-stitch, cook, and drink lots of coffee.

To find out more about Rachel and other books that she has written, 
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  1. Liz @ Fictional CandyJanuary 14, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    I read this too, and enjoyed it. I absolutely loved the magic aspect :)

  2. I know what you mean!! Looking forward to one day reading more of the series!! Just to get my TBR list down a bit!!


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