Four-star review of Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg
The latest duology by the author begins with the story about Elsie Camden, a spellbreaker or rather spell unraveler in a late 19th century England where magic is real. She’d been left by her family with strangers, sent to the workhouse, worked in service for one noblemen and finally ended up working for a stonemason as a kind of secretary. She receives letters from someone she calls the Cowls that imply that the spells she’s asked to unravel will help the poor. In the process of unraveling one, she’s caught at it by as aspector or spellmaker. The story takes off from there. It may not be as exciting or original as most of Holmberg’s work, but I enjoyed it. I’ll look for book two when it comes out in 2021.