Title: Mine To Spell
Author: Janeal Falor
Series: Mine #2
Release Date: May 5th 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Cynthia has always hidden from her father’s hexes behind her older sister. When her family gains independence unheard of for women, she’s relieved that her days of harsh punishments are over. But as her seventeenth birthday approaches—the typical age to be sold to a new master—death threats endanger her sisters. She now faces two options: run or meet society’s expectations.
For once, Cynthia isn’t going to let her older sister shield her from the problem. She’s going to prove to herself, her sisters, and society that her family isn’t a threat to their traditions. She willingly chooses to be purchased by a new master. A bold step that takes her somewhere she never thought she would go and to a man she might possibly fall in love with. With his help, she may just find a way to save her sisters while discovering how to stand up for herself. If she lives long enough.
In this, the second of the Mine series, Janeal Falor has created a protagonist and situation which contrast to those we saw in You Are Mine.
Although Cynthia is Serena’s sister, she is a far more forthright character who still bears much resentment towards their father for their upbringing and towards Chardonian society for its attitude towards women.
Cynthia knows that she has more magic in her blood than her elder sister, making her more powerful. Her secret is that she already knows how to control this magic, giving her the advantage.
After Zade’s public declaration of freedom for Serena, Cynthia refuses to be claimed by any male, little realising the danger she places herself and her family in. She aims to be recognised as Chardonia’s first female warlock and makes it her mission to free women from their bonds of slavery.
Cynthia’s adventure is a courageous one and we find her life threatened several times, though luckily Zade gives her protection in the form of Lukas.
Cynthia and Lukas’ relationship differs from that of Zade and Serena mainly because it is secondary to the story. They begin as training partners and friends before acknowledging the passion between them.
Although the politics of the fantasy world in Mine To Spell is abhorrent, Janeal Falor redeems herself with characters like Waverly and Katherine and the close relationships Cynthia shares with her sisters.
Mine To Spell has one of those fast, exciting and shocking endings which makes any reader think, “I can’t be finished yet!”. I suspect that Bethany will be the subject of the next book but personally I would love to read Waverly’s story.
Although I enjoyed this less than You Are Mine it is a great story and I love Janeal Falor’s writing.