"Magical Romance in A World That's Not Quite Our Own"
Petra Field is a non-magical woman in a world of wizards
and witches. Though she doesn't have the powers that others
around her can lay claim to, she still knows how to
recognize a magical problem-and she knows that the
mysterious bloodstain on her new rug definitely has a
She calls a specialist in magical cleaning, and eventually
ends up with Vorador, who manages to get rid of the blood
by creating a huge hole in her floor. But the adventure is
only starting. Vorador sweeps Petra into a whirlwind
investigation and from the mysterious origins of Petra's
cat to the murder victim who cursed her rug in the first
place they go. What starts as an unlikely pairing soon
develops into something more serious, but before romance
can be addressed there is the tiny matter of survival....
SPELLBOUND IN SEATTLE is a mystical, fun romance with a
murder mystery subplot. Ms. Anderson does well in mixing
her genres, and her futuristic/alternate universe world
building is cohesive as well as being totally believable.
Petra is a strong, sassy heroine and her relationship with
Vorador is steadily built as they work through the mystery
of the bloody rug. Though the myriad plotlines sometimes
override the romance of the story, Anderson pulls
everything together neatly and gives the reader a great
happy ever after at the end. A great debut from a talented
newcomer, SPELLBOUND IN SEATTLE is a tribute to the
changing face of fantasy romance today.
Reviewed by Ann Leveille © Apr. 2004
for PNR Reviews
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 1, 2006