Oh man, I love this series. I love it so hard. I’ve loved it since I first read a couple of free stories on Kelley Armstrong’s website and got curious enough to pick up the first book. I wasn’t in love with the first book, either… it violated one of my deal-breaker personal rules and pretty much danced on it. But there was still SOMETHING there. Something I couldn’t resist. So I read the second book, and OMG the world just opened up. Wolves and witches and shamans and and and…
I think there were four books out when I started. I read and adored Dime Store Magic and Industrial Magic. I counted the days until Haunted. I read every free story, bought every anthology, loved every couple. I even forgave Clay…by book 10. He’ll probably never be my favorite, but I don’t hate him anymore.
There’s something magical about this series to me. It’s where it lives, in the fuzzy land of urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I love the heroine-focused stories and the elaborate world building and the first-person POV urban fantasy feel and the kick-ass plots and the adventure and the danger. But I also love the romance subplots, and that sometimes the books get to be about two people coming together, and sometimes they get to be about a couple staying together. And I love that the narrators switch up, so that I get to explore different parts of the world and different relationships, and never feel like I’m getting bored only being stuck in one POV.
Honestly, when I read these books, I feel like someone took all of my favorite parts of urban fantasy, and all of my favorite parts of paranormal romance, and wrapped them up in a bow and said, “Here is your reading nirvana, Bree.” And. I. LOVE IT.
I read Spell Bound already. Of course. I was elated to have another book, and so so sad to know it’s almost over. The main arc of the series is drawing to a close, with the 13th book being the final one, and I’m already grieving a little. This is probably my favorite ongoing series, and I’m going to miss the hell out of it.
At least I can re-read it a few dozen times.
Has anyone got a good replacement for me? I’m going to have to wean myself off this series so I don’t go into withdrawal! I need action and romance and sex and alternating narrators and more couples than love triangles.