Spellmaker by Charlie N. Holmberg (Spellbreaker Book 2) EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
- Genre: Gaslamp Fantasy, Historical Fantasy
- Publish Date: 9 March 2021
- Size: 2 MB
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Brookley, England, June 1895
Elsie Camden sat on the edge of her bed, reading over something she most
certainly was not supposed to have. Folded lines crossed it, one down and
three across, the creases growing thin from how often she had opened and
closed the page. The scrawl was red—the color of rational aspectors—and in
the handwriting of whoever had died to create it. She might never know his
or her name, and perhaps it was best not to know. By all means, she was
translating a piece of the spellmaker’s corpse.
The Latin-to-English dictionary she’d borrowed from the vicar was
worn and well used. Peeling along the spine. Elsie had confirmed her
suspicions several lines ago, but felt the urge to be thorough. To study the
spell all the way to its end.
It was a master spell, without a doubt. A master spell of forgetfulness,
of memory stealing. Long term. Exactly how long, Elsie wasn’t certain, even
as she went over the last words on the opus page, but one of the words
translated to years. Years were tricky—the spell might not be as useful as
Elsie had previously hoped, especially since Ogden seemed to have, more or
less, recovered from his ordeal at the dock and her discovery of his secrets.
He’d been under the spiritual control of another aspector for a decade, forced
to help perpetrate crimes he would never condone. Elsie had been used, too,
but their adversary had twisted her mind instead, tricking her into thinking
she was using her spellbreaking ability for a good cause, when in fact she’d
been furthering a perverse agenda. At least neither of them had been made to
kill directly. Still, the knowledge that they had, however unwittingly, helped
in the demise of so many weighed on them both.
Their adversary had arranged for the murder of several aspectors in
order to steal their opuses, and this spell was from one of those books. That
made it beyond dangerous to keep, and yet Elsie couldn’t bring herself to get
rid of it. It was too valuable. But she couldn’t sell it, couldn’t use it . . .
Sighing, she tucked the spell securely back into her bodice, taking a
deep breath to dispel residual anxiety.
Elsie still struggled to stomach the knowledge that Master Lily Merton,
the cheery old spiritual aspector who spoke like a song and befriended
everyone, had done such horrid things. Was she working with others? Others
who knew what they were doing, like Abel Nash? There was no possible way
Master Merton would be able to control multiple people at once. Had she
already set her eyes on a new pawn now that Ogden had been released? Or
would she try to get him back?
A week had passed since Elsie had pulled Merton’s controlling spell off
her employer’s chest, freeing him from spiritual enslavement. And now . . .
she kept expecting something to happen. Merton to turn herself in. Police to
show up at her door. Bacchus to . . . to what? She swatted that thought away
like an annoying fly. She had enough worrying thoughts without a big, hearty
man infiltrating them.
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