Review: Spellbound by Allie Therin

Quick Info

  • title: Spellbound
  • author: Allie Therin
  • publisher: HARLEQUIN – Carina Press
  • release date: 29.07.2019
  • series: Magic in Manhattan
    book 1
  • genre: Historical, Paranormal, Romance
  • content warnings: none that I can remember
  • rating: 5/5 Stars


To save Manhattan, they’ll have to save each other first…


New York

Arthur Kenzie’s life’s work is protecting the world from the supernatural relics that could destroy it. When an amulet with the power to control the tides is shipped to New York, he must intercept it before it can be used to devastating effects. This time, in order to succeed, he needs a powerful psychometric…and the only one available has sworn off his abilities altogether.

Rory Brodigan’s gift comes with great risk. To protect himself, he’s become a recluse, redirecting his magic to find counterfeit antiques. But with the city’s fate hanging in the balance, he can’t force himself to say no.

Being with Arthur is dangerous, but Rory’s ever-growing attraction to him begins to make him brave. And as Arthur coaxes him out of seclusion, a magical and emotional bond begins to form. One that proves impossible to break—even when Arthur sacrifices himself to keep Rory safe and Rory must risk everything to save him.

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The Queer’s Review

I had to reread Spellbound for my review of it – not that rereading it was a hardship.

I would have done so anyway but I managed to lose my review notes so it needed to be done earlier than planned. And guess what happened again? This settles it – I’m back to handwriting my notes into a notebook. No more digital records.

But what I remember – very fondly I might add – is the atmosphere Allie Therin manages to create. A few pages in and I feel like I’m in New York give or take a hundred years in the past.

Her way of inventing and handling magic fits perfectly into that setting and it even isn’t something that has been done many times before. In a way, it feels realistic too and I wouldn’t be that surprised if it actually were true.

But let’s speak about characters. I can’t even name my favourite character because they all are so lovely and interesting and authentic. Arthur and Rory’s romance is so sweet and fiery at the same time but there are two other couples who have a soft spot in my heart as well. I’m hoping we’ll get some tidbits about those in the next book as well.

Bookish Thoughts

I can’t wait to read the second book which has been published earlier this year – and I’m sure you’ll be excited as I am about this when you’re reading Spellbound. So in a way I guess it’s a good thing my review is a year late? I’m still so sorry!


I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

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