Review ~ The Spellshop by Sarah Beth Durst

Posted July 8, 2024 by Melissa in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review ~ The Spellshop by Sarah Beth DurstThe Spellshop by Sarah Beth Durst
Narrator: Caitlin Davies
Published by Macmillan Audio on July 9, 2024
Genres: Cozy Fantasy
4.5 Stars
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Join Kiela the librarian and her assistant, Caz the sentient spider plant, as they navigate the low stakes market of illegal spellmaking and the high risk business of starting over.

Kiela has always had trouble dealing with people. Thankfully, as librarian at the Great Library of Alyssium, she hasn’t had to.

She and her assistant, Caz, a magically sentient spider plant, have spent the last eleven years sequestered among the empire’s most precious spellbooks, preserving their magic for the city’s elite. But when a revolution begins and the library goes up in flames, she and Caz save as many books as they can carry and flee to a faraway island Kiela was sure she’d never return to: her childhood home. Kiela hopes to lay low in the overgrown and rundown cottage her late parents left her and figure out a way to survive without drawing the attention of either the empire or the revolutionaries. Much to her dismay, in addition to a nosy—and very handsome—neighbor, she finds the town neglected and in a state of disrepair.

The empire, for all its magic and power, has been neglecting for years the people who depend on magical intervention to maintain healthy livestock and crops. Not only that, but the very magic that should be helping them has been creating destructive storms that have taken a toll on the island. Due to her past role at the library, Kiela feels partially responsible for this, and now she’s determined to find a way to make things right: by opening the island’s first-ever secret spellshop.

Her plan comes with risks—the consequence of sharing magic with commoners is death. And as Kiela comes to make a place for herself among the kind and quirky townspeople of her former home, she realizes that in order to make a life for herself, she must learn to break down the walls she has built up so high.

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The Spellshop is a standalone cozy fantasy novel. Our story revolves around Kiela, who works as a librarian at the Great Library of Alyssium. When the library is burning due to a rebellion, Kiela rescues as many books as she can and sails off to her childhood home with them. Along with her trusty sidekick, Caz, a talking spider plant, they embark on their journey but find so much more. To help the island and its people, Kiela decides to open a secret spellshop (full of *clears throat* remedies) under the disguise of a jam shop. Everything isn’t picture perfect though, Kiela and Caz have to figure out how to help with some major issues on the island all while not blowing her cover for her “remedies”.

Kiela is such a loveable main character, you just want to cheer her on as her character finds herself as the novel progresses. The other people in town were entertaining and you just feel at home while reading. The story is unique and keeps your interest, there really was not a dull moment. The story flowed nicely, it was just a light entertaining read. It is just the perfect combination of cozy fantasy, a dash of romance and a sprinkle of adventure. Sweet and enchanting, you will love this book.

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