Wicked 2: Legacy & Spellbound (Wicked #3-4) by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié

26 Jun
Wicked 2: Legacy & Spellbound (Wicked, #3-4)
Wicked 2: Legacy & Spellbound (Wicked #3-4)
by Nancy Holder  and  Debbie Viguié 
655 pages
Published October 2nd 2003 by Simon Pulse
ISBN 0760789401 (ISBN13: 9780760789407)
Complete text of Legacy and Spellboundin a single volume.Holly Cathers is not the same person she was almost a year and a half ago. After discovering her connection to an ancient legacy of witches, Holly has accepted her destiny as a descendant of the House of Cahors. She is determined to end an intergenerational feud that has plagued her family for centuries.

Holly will have to overcome unworldly obstacles as she battles to protect her loved ones — including Jer, a member of the rival House of Deveraux and her one true love. A war of magical proportions is being waged, and Holly is at the center of it all.

Lives will be lost, and sacrifices will have to be made…

I read Wicked 2: Legacy and Spellbound by Nancy Holder, and Debbie Viguié.This book is one of the best book’s I’ve ever read. In this one, there were many new characters introduced, hidden talents of old characters blossoming, new emotions or maybe unknown emotions coming forth from everyone involved, new adorable couplings, a strong, steady and consistent concept and two really amazing, shocking and huge plot twists. It’s got a lot of suspense, action, fight’s, comedy, and even some history of witches even though I don’t know if it’s real or not but I believe some of it is.  They change the point of view from character to character and I love when a book does that. At first I thought it would be a bit much, but they both blind-side you so well and mix together deliciously that it was a “perfect” twist. They weren’t over bearing or obvious. They were subtle and snuck up on you, but didn’t trap the reader with a desperate feeling. The characters are also very interesting even the bad ones, and they describe them greatly and go very in depth with it. The only thing I didn’t like about it is that it’s a huge book because its two in one so it’s really intimidating to read it and I kind of felt like I was reading way slower than usually because of that.
In Wicked 2 Holly FINALLY calms down, the character isn’t so intense which made for an effective and powerful ending because it tapered and all the right emotions were put in place by the authors. Speaking of the authors, by the way, they are phenomenal at creating endings that create a yearning as well as a deep sense of satisfaction. These books are really like a good meal. The first few bites are sheer bliss and hit all the right notes, then after the first draw you just start shoveling it in, hungry for more, then as it goes on you begin to tire a bit, wondering where the first spark had gone and by the end of the wonderful meal, you feel full and reflect on the taste, craving more but feeling heavy and satisfied. Best way I can describe their writing styles.
The fight scenes are incredible and I am glad that in this story they actually put more of a distance between Isabeau and Jean, and Holly and Jer. The first book was great, don’t get me wrong, but there was such a heavy influence from their ancestors that it really took away from the two modern-day lovers which are more identifiable. The love scenes can be extremely cheesy and overdone, but the pagan influence makes it old world-y and strong, striking at the hearts of the readers. I also love that the two authors really did their homework. I absolutely love how ancient the magic and paganism felt while incorporating it with modern-day language. 
Inside the chapters they would have “mini-chapters” almost where there would be a heading saying where the person speaking was when thy were and who it was if it was present time, such as one of them was “Salem, Massachusetts: October 29, 1692.” When they do this, they go on to tell a story that ties in while the book or they continue the book when it is the main characters speaking. I’ve never heard of an author writing that way, and I think it’s really cool.
All in all a 5 star read.There are many more reasons why I love this book so much, but I just gave a few examples. I think that if I would recommend this book to anyone (which I definitely would) I would recommend it to people in high school and even most adults because it’s such an interesting book. Anyone who likes fantasy books would love this one.

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