Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: Author, Rebecca Bosevski
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The day Desmoree Shale was kidnapped and awoke naked on a slab in a Sydney morgue should have been the worst day of her life – but she’s not dead, barely harmed, and her would be assassin, Jax, is actually kind of… cute. Tempted by the idea of a mythical fairy-land, Des joins Jax in discovering the past her mother was determined to keep hidden. She quickly learns there was a reason for her mother’s secrecy. Finding herself smack in the middle of an eons-old war between two feuding Fey species, prophesized to take on a vicious beast, and pressured to unlock her magic is not what Des had been expecting. Now she must decide between a terrible battle in the new life she loves or returning to piece together the one she left behind.
Unique, filled with action and whimsical at times. This story is written in first person by the point of view of Desmoree, the main character. I was not the biggest fan of Des in the beginning. She was just cranky, dramatic and her use of foul language felt more as a “show” to back up her “I don’t take crap from anyone” attitude. It felt unnecessary and took away from her character. After she was knocked down a peg or two and put into situations where her mouth couldn’t solve her problems she became more likeable and started to develop. She still retained her feisty attitude but she was more mature in her outlook.
In this world, there are the Stalisies Fey and the Tanzieth Fey. The Stalisies are the pure-bloods and the Tanzieth’s are the fey who have human blood in their family tree. There is a class separation of the two types as well as discrimination of the Tanzieths. Des’s mom was Stalisies and her dad is Tanzieth. There has been a long-time prophecy in this world and the seers are saying that Des is the prophesied one. Only Des is not convinced that she needs to be the one to save the world.
What I loved about this story is that Des feels failure. She has issues unlocking her magic, when she does come into her powers there are difficulties and even in battle she struggles. Eventually she overcomes her failures but it is nice to see a main character not be handed everything. The good guy did not save the day the first time. Too often characters come into their powers and then everything is rosy. Throughout the story there were more struggles and growing pains for Des and I like that she had to truly work for everything.
Another thing that I enjoyed was that there were battle scenes. I wish that they had been more detailed I felt that I was getting a one-dimensional view of the battles but still who doesn’t love a book with battle scenes?! The twist with the villain was quite good. It was nice to see a sinister villain who had long laid evil plans. There was also a bit of romance in this story and I thought that it was sweet. There were some sexy times but it was really on the ‘G’ level.
So what were my issues? I felt that the story was rushed and that there was so much going on that it left little time for character development and backstories. Specifically, backstories for the motivations of why the characters made some monumental choices that affected the story line. Why did the villain become the villain? Why did Jax take it upon himself to attempt the assassination? It was touched on but I never truly understood why he felt he needed to be the one to hunt for the Dazerarthro. There were many opportunities for backstories to explain the motivations for the characters but no true explanations came. The story was quite remarkable but the lack of depth left me wanting.
The world that was built was quite fascinating. I think that might have been one of my favorite parts. I enjoyed how the Author included transportation ideas for the wingless fey. There is also quite a bit of magic going on with spell casting and actual building of spells with ingredients. The scene where she has to go hunting for ingredients was very comical and fascinating.
Overall, I liked this story and it kept me engaged until the end. Now, let’s talk about the type of fey that are in this story. If you are more in the camp of fey being like those in The Lord of the Rings, well you may not love these fey but you will enjoy the battles and conflicts. If you enjoy reading stories about fey who are more akin to fairies who cast spells and fly then this will be a very satisfying read for you.
*Thank you to Author Rebecca Bosevki for this complimentary copy of Enchanting the Fey*