Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens is a YA LGBTQIA+ romantic fantasy that will be released on April 13 by Riveted by Simon Teen. Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Edison Rooker has always felt like an outcast from the magical world. He once lived with his grandmother, a low-level sorcerer. Their cottage hummed with magical energy, as she created potions and conjured butterflies in their garden. After she passed, the Magical Consortium (a corrupt government body that monitors the misuse of magic), deemed it unsuitable for Rook to live in the magical community and he was forced to live in the city with the daily reminder that, unlike, his grandmother and many of those around him, he possesses no magical abilities.
In a desperate attempt to belong, he plans to get a job as an apprentice to powerful sorceress Antonia Hex and create technology that not only compiles spells but allows everyone to see the magical ley lines that run throughout the city. Unfortunately, he is often required to work alongside Sun, her rival’s grumpy yet annoyingly cute apprentice.
When the Magical Consortium discovers his unauthorised device, they come for Antonia, and Rook is forced to work with his rival to rescue his mentor and uncover the corruption of the magical world from within.
Spell Bound is a vibrant and immersive story full of wonderful oddities and mischievous magic. I found it incredibly captivating and a whole lot of fun. Sun and Rook’s relationship is very sweet. I adored how they respected each other boundaries and how cautiously and slowly they became each other’s person. The protectiveness that grew between them was really wholesome and heart-warming. I found myself smiling throughout their interactions. Antonia was just plain awesome. Without giving too much away, I’d love to read a prequel.
Spell Bound by F.T. Lukens is available to preorder HERE.0