"Madeline battles fear and magic with love"
The Djinn live on Kaf, a magical and desert-like alternate
universe of Terra -- our present day Earth. Zayne is 'the
Minstrel' and keeper of the balance of Kaf. Usually there
is more than one Minstrel for Kaf, but accidents have left
him the only one. It is time for him to take his mate and
during a ritual of divination he sees his soulmate.
Although he expects to find a female djinn whose voice
will blend with his own, his vision is of a human who is
to be his zaniya (soulmate). A djinn with a Terra mate is
not unheard of, but a Minstrel with a zaniya who cannot
sing and is afraid of public speaking is an impossibility!
Madeline Fairbanks is a gifted dancer who has suffered
from severe stage fright since a teenager. While
house-sitting for her friend Tildy, she meets Zayne who is
from the absent-minded elderly house guest she expected.
After her stage fright nearly lost her the job as PA for a
reclusive author, he offers to let her keep her job if he
can interview her step-father. Through Zayne she finds
that magick is real and that it caused her mother's
breakdown. Now the need to find her evil step-father
means more than keeping her job.
The phobia of public speaking is such a common feeling
that it is easy to understand the strength Madeline needs
to battle this fear. Also, Madeline's initial thought of
Zayne being from another country made this strong,
powerful djinn seem more real and brought his lack of
understanding 'Earth magic' into an easy to appreciate as
well as amusing perspective. Terra and Kaf are together
but separate -- how can Zayne and Madeline find balance
and love for themselves and their worlds?
SPELLBOUND is the 4th in Kathleen Nance's fabulous djinn
(genie) series. Although there are cameo appearances, the
worlds are adequately explained that a reader can enjoy
this story without having read the others. Even so, once
you have read this book, you will wish to read the other
stories (WISHES COME TRUE; MORE THAN MAGIC; ENCHANTMENT)
Reviewed by Cy Korte
Posted June 10, 2003