Spell Blind is a murder mystery about catching a magician turned serial killer. Justis Fearsson is a private investigator who used to work on the serial killer case when he was a cop. A couple of years after he was kicked off the police force, his help is asked in solving the serial killer murder series.
But Justis is a weremyste (= some kind of magician). While he can work spells most of the time, his magical abilities make him go nuts for a couple of days every month according to the phases of the moon. This, of course, interferes with regular employment such as life as a cop, hence he is self-employed as a PI. The magical system in the novel makes sense and is not too complicated. Justis even has a ghost teacher who helps him to learn new spells and to control his abilities.
Still, the novel did not grab me. It took me about 3 months to read this book. All the time while reading I kept getting distracted by other (more exciting?) books that I had been waiting for/seemed more interesting to me. This does not mean that this novel is a bad book. It’s not great but it’s an OK read. I might pick up the second part of the series when it is published. it just didn’t grab my attention the way other novels from this sub-genre did.
Why? For one, the novel is slow to start. I believe one could remove the first two chapters from the book without affecting whether the novel works for the reader: Chapter 1 introduces the magical system. It’s about Justis solving a minor case which is wholly unconnected with the rest of the plot. Same with Chapter 2. Here we meet Justis’s teacher. He is shown again later in the book when the plot has started where his presence is explained again, so Chapter 2 is not really needed. This made for a slow start into the novel for me. Then there were a lot of developments which I had expected way beforehand. So maybe there was just a bit too much foreshadowing for me. Or maybe I am too familiar with the murder mystery genre. (I am very familiar with the murder mystery genre. I’ve read tons of murder mysteries.)
Disclaimer: I received a free e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was an eARC so the final version of the novel might diverge from the version I read.