Spellbound by Dannika Dark

November 11th, 2019 Kimberly Review 13 Comments

11th Nov
Spellbound by Dannika Dark
by Dannika Dark
Series: Crossbreed #8
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 4 hours and 59 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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Niko is caught in a powerful spell that was cast from the very book he sought to protect. Trapped between life and death, his chances of returning look grim.

Gem is determined to set things right. Armed only with her innate knowledge of language, she begins her daunting quest to break the diabolical spell… no matter the cost. When an irreversible action unleashes a new threat, Keystone scrambles into action. Lives are at stake as the team scours the city in search of an elusive foe.

A bond forged in secrets. A courageous sacrifice. Will Gem succeed at her daring attempt, or will she inadvertently destroy them all?

The clock is ticking in this riveting installment of the USA Today bestselling Crossbreed series

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Spellbound by Dannika Dark is the eighth audiobook in the Crossbreed urban fantasy series narrated by Nicole Poole. This is one of my auto-buy author and one I couldn’t wait to devour. After a cliffhanger ending in Moonstruck and a POV change, I was all in. Refreshing and enlightening, this series never gets old!

Because of the story ARC, friendships, and relationships it is best to listen to the Crossbreed novels in the order of its release. Of course you can read them, but with Nicole Poole narrating why would you?

In Moonstruck, Gem cast a spell meant to save Nikko, but in doing so left him trapped in his own body. In Spellbound she tirelessly translates ancient texts to find a cure while Victor and the team decide if they need to say goodbye to their old friend.

This was interesting, and the story gave us tremendous insight into Gem and Nikko. In Breed years Gem is a newborn compared to someone like Niko who has walked the earth blind for over fifteen-hundred years. Dark shed light on both of their stories. There were some touching scenes that admittedly had me swiping away a tear or two.

We learn more about the book, Keystone’s history, and dealt with some deadly consequence. While not as intense as previous books, I found the story very insightful and key tidbits both surprised and delighted me.

Normally I am a creature of habit and resist change. The fact that Dark had me excited about getting a new POV speaks volumes on my love for these secondary characters. It was a smart move on her part and really gave me a new and fresh perspective of the team from a character who sees the world through rose-colored glasses despite her past. I liked that.

Dark still managed to weave in snark, delicious moments between Raven and Christen to satisfy me and plenty of interaction between the crew.

Now I am left waiting for the next audiobook in the Crossbreeds series.

Nicole Poole rocks the narration and is one of my favorite narrators for urban fantasy. Her voices for Raven and Christian Poe is particular just make me smile.

I have devoured every audiobook Dark has put out. All of her series take place in the same world but offer different storylines. Some characters like Christian Poe crossover and that just makes them even more special. If you haven’t devoured them all.. what are you waiting for?

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About Dannika Dark

Dannika Dark

Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing. In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not writing, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side. All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only. Dannika’s books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.

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13 Responses to “Spellbound by Dannika Dark”

  1. Anne

    I’m sure I will love these when I get to them. I have yet to read this author. KC is reviewing this one later this week.

    Anne – Books of My Heart

  2. Lorna

    I will eventually be getting the audio as I have done with the rest of her books. I love Nicole Poole’s narration too. Meanwhile I read and really enjoyed the book as well. And you are right, This one needs to be read having read the others. I love all the books, but you just have to read them in order. to get it. Fantastic review Kimberly.!