Review: Wicked Series: Legacy and Spellboundby Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

Posted 20 January, 2011 by Danny in / 4 Comments

by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié
Published: 2003
Links: Anderson’s Bookshop (my local indie)
Amazon (available as Kindle edition)
Audiobook borrowed from library
Synopsis from Goodreads

Holly Cathers is not the same person she was almost a year and a half ago. After discovering her connection to an ancient legacy of witches, Holly has accepted her destiny as a descendant of the House of Cahors. She is determined to end an intergenerational feud that has plagued her family for centuries.

Holly will have to overcome unworldly obstacles as she battles to protect her loved ones — including Jer, a member of the rival House of Deveraux and her one true love. A war of magical proportions is being waged, and Holly is at the center of it all.

Lives will be lost, and sacrifices will have to be made…


When we see Holly at the beginning of Legacy we see a hard girl. Battle hardened, burdened by the weight of protecting her coven in the face of unspeakable evil and basically abandoned by the Mother coven to face her biggest advesary, Michael Deveraux, on her own, at barely 20, Holly is a girl who has had to make tough choices and live with them. Yet all she longs for is her long lost love, Jer, who is currently being held by the Supreme Coven (read bad guys) on the island of Avalon. Burned beyond recognition from his encounter with the Black Fire in the first book of this series, Jer is healing but still not whole nor is Holly whole without him.

Also captive on the island of Avalon is Holly’s cousin, Nicole. And while Holly’s other cousin, and Nichole’s twin, Amanda vehemently opposes Holly rescuing Jer, she whole-heartedly supports Holly in rescuing Nicole. So the coven travels to England, under the half-hearted help of the Mother Coven, who seem more interested in chastising Holly’s methods than providing any real means of support. While in London, Holly learns that Jer is on Avalon as well and is torn between doing what her coven wants her to do and what her heart (and her ancestress, Isabeau) demand that she do.

No sooner is Holly reunited with Jer, though, than she is forced once again into battle, this time in the Nightmare Dreamtime, where her mother’s best friend has been trapped since right before Holly moved to Seattle in the first book. Holly and Jeraud go into save her and succeed but end up losing much more to the Nightmare Dreamtime in the process.

In Spellbound, we find Holly, insane and possessed and Jer trapped in the Nightmare Dreamtime, their covens have fallen apart and the outlook for them all appears bleak. Move of Holly’s coven are lost over the course of this book as they try to save their leaders. And while Amanda, the only sane member of the Cahor family left as Nicole is once again trapped on Avalon, is having a hard time leading the group, her father steps to the fore.

The previously milquetoast, Richard Anderson, comes out as a hidden Rambo in this book, providing the steel the Cathers coven needs to move forward. Also emerging in this book is the long lost cousin, Alex Caruthers, who is definitely not all he appears to be.

I loved these stories, again filled with fighting, thwarted love and magic galore. I was impressed by the change in Richard Anderson and was happy to see him claim his place in the motley crew of witches and warlocks around him. I loved the tension of the Nightmare Dreamtime and Holly as possessed and insane was fantastic. But these are not stand-alone books and you will be very lost if you don’t start with Witch and work your way through the series. Still, they’re so enjoyable, there’s no reason not to.

Bottom Line

While not able to stand on their own, these books will definitely give lovers of the Wicked Series what they’re looking for: more action, more magic and more of Holly and Jer!

I give them 4 out of 5 books!

Again, Cassandra Morris delivered the goods with her ability to convey all the emotion in these books without going overboard. Again, I love her voice, at once so youthful and at the same time so mature, and her ability to morph it from the teenage Cathers-Andersons girls to the British assassin Eve to the evil Sir Moore is amazing.

I give the audio portion of this book a big 4 out of 5!

Final Notes

I have loved listening to these books and I have been fortunate enough to have all five of the books in these series downloaded on my iPod. So look for the review of the final book, Resurrection, this Sunday! Also, Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié have a new series out, Crusade, that looks very interesting indeed:

And….of course, this book is one of our audiobook reviews, so I’ll take this opportunity to remind you about our year-long challenge which started earlier this month:

If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so here! All year long, we’ll be doing reviews of audiobooks we listen to and hosting monthly give-aways for anyone who joins the challenge and posts their audiobook reviews in our Mr. Linky post (you can find January’s post here). This month’s give-away is your choice of one of three audiobooks:

So definitely check that out. Just click on the challenge icon above and you’ll be taken to the post that gives you all the information you need.

Now go and get lost…in a book!

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4 Responses to “Review: Wicked Series: Legacy and Spellboundby Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie”

  1. Heather Rosdol

    Okay Pushy- Y'all have never steered me wrong, but I have to say I totally disagree with you on this series. I barely skimmed the third and fourth books and was happy I got them on sale. I have them listed with PaperBack Swap as do many other people. No takers so far! I could not stand these books. The first I thought was promising. Then, they went downhill from there. Listening to them, I would have been totally lost. I could barely follow in the books and I kept picturing a little girl in a 19th century dress running around London with a candlestick in her hand, ducking down alleys and other stupid places trying to hide from the coven while Jer, short for Jerk, stood by silent and Brooding. I didn't care enough to read the last book. I won't even start Crusade though it looks so good. So did Wicked until I read it!


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  2. Wow, Heather!  I'm sorry you didn't like them.  I have seen a lot of mixed reviews, but I genuinely did like them.  I wonder if I enjoyed these books so much because I got to listen to them rather than read them or if it was because I could listen to them one right after the other.  Either way, sorry you didn't like them.  I am planning to read Crusade, so I'll let you know what I think.  Thanks for sharing, hon! *hugs*

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  3. Hey, Heather! So I wrote a reply but it doesn't seem to have stuck. 🙁

    Sorry you didn't like these books. It's so funny how one person can love a book and another just can't stand it. But I know the feeling you're talking about, where you just want to bean your friends in the head for liking something you think is tripe! 😀

    Anyway, hope you'll keep checking out my reviews, even if you take them with a bit of salt now. And I'm definitely planning to read Crusade so at least you'll get to hear my thoughts on that soon, if you're interested.

    Have a great weekend, doll!!!

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