Synopses & Reviews
When Nadia's family moves to Captive's Sound, she instantly realizes there's more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town—a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she's come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away.
Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, shadowed by small-town gossip and his family's tormented past. Every generation, the local legends say, one member of the family goes mad, claiming to know the future before descending into insanity. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come true, he knows he's doomed.
Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his terrible family curse, and to prevent a coming disaster that even now threatens the entire town, including Nadia's family, her newfound friends, and her own life. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray's new novel depicts a dark and unforgettable world of witches, curses, buried secrets, and star-crossed romance.
"High school senior Nadia Caldani is both the new girl in Captive's Sound and a powerful novice witch. Her father moved what's left of their family from Chicago to the depressed Rhode Island beach town after Nadia's mother, who is also a witch, deserted them. A near-tragic car accident sets in motion Nadia's relationship with the handsome but cursed Mateo Perez, and also alerts her witch sense that something strange lurks underneath Captive's Sound. Enter Verlaine, another outsider who quickly becomes Nadia's best friend, and Elizabeth Pike, an outwardly perfect girl who has her eye on Mateo. While Gray (the Evernight series) relies on a few too many paranormal clichÃ©s (two car-accident rescues, an overly broody star-crossed romance), she does a fine job of developing the good and evil witches around which her plot is built. The author's intricate portrayal of witchcraft including its theories, rules, spells, and history raises this novel a notch above others in the genre, and Nadia is an appealing heroine as she juggles personal pain and looming supernatural disaster. Ages 13 up. Agent: Diana Fox, Fox Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“SPELLCASTER is a whipsmart read, sinister and delightful at once.” Kiersten White, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of PARANORMALCY
“Three wounded but valiant protagonists confront a monstrous evil with human roots in this promising series opener. This riveting tale will keep readers up late and clamoring for the next installment.” Kirkus Reviews
“The authors intricate portrayal of witchcraftincluding its theories, rules, spells, and historyraises this novel a notch above others in the genre, and Nadia is an appealing heroine as she juggles personal pain and looming supernatural disaster.” Publishers Weekly
“…this is a compelling plot that mines the lore and history surrounding witchcraft to pit good against evil in a literally earthshaking battle.” Bulletin of the Center for Children & #8217;s Books
A darkly enchanting series from New York Times
bestselling author Claudia Gray about a teenage witch who battles dark forces in her small town, perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures and Hex Hall series.
A boy cursed with visions that lead to madness. A girl granted the powers to save him.
As soon as Nadia arrives in Captive's Sound, she knows something is seriously wrong. The town is shrouded in dark magic, more powerful and complex than she has ever seen. Mateo has lived in Captive's Sound his entire life, trying to dodge the local legend that his family is "cursed" with insanity. When the mysterious girl he has been dreaming of every night appears (Nadia), he fears the curse may be true. But danger is coming, and Nadia and Mateo must work together to stop this unknown force before it destroys everything in its path.
About the Author
Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of New Orleans-based writer Amy Vincent, the author of the New York Times bestselling Evernight series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and an extremely poor waitress. Her grandparents' copy of Mysteries of the Unexplained is probably the genesis of her fascination with most things mysterious and/or inexplicable.