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Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite
Spellbound Souvenir by Efran Myles is the second part of The Lord of Randall Castle series. This tale picks right up where the first book left off. Alyssa and her younger brother know that it will soon be bedtime. And with that comes the continuing story of how the Keeper uses his gift.
Hot on the heels of the runaway princess and her beloved, Duke Concobhar insists that the princess has been kidnapped, and leads a small contingent of five men, including Captain Barwick. While seeking shelter from a rainstorm, Barwick finds out that the widow’s husband was killed for using magic. Barwick’s brownie companion, Pithbrick, engages with the widow’s young son and his faery friends, who tell him they are searching for missing gnome children. Barwick briefly leaves the search party to help with the starving family’s home. Or, as the Trader had called it, the Warlock’s farm house. With the help of pixie Thorn Flamewasp, Barwick is able to contact Lord Randall with the results of the missing gnomes search.
Just as with the first book, Engaging Enchantment, Efran Myles has the story being told by the children’s parents. Certain parts are told by the father who explains that in those days, women were property and had no rights. As the story progresses, Darragh is finding out that the princess does not adhere to the general public’s view of women. Is there a different storm brewing? Mixed with ravens from Barwick’s dreams, Spellbound Souvenir ends with the search party still in hot pursuit. I can’t wait for the next bedtime story, and Andy’s choice.