Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Enchantress by James Maxwell Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"Ella and her brother, Miro, are orphans, their parents killed long ago in the ongoing struggle against the mad Emperor.
From the day Ella witnesses an enchanter using his talents to save Miro from drowning, she knows what she wants to be. But the elite Academy of Enchanters expects tuition fees and knowledge. Determined, Ella sells flowers and studies every book she can. Meanwhile, Miro dreams of becoming one of the world's finest swordsmen, wielding his nation’s powerful enchanted weapons in defense of his homeland.
A dark force rises in the east, conquering all in its path, and Miro leaves for the front. When the void Miro left is filled by Killian, a charming stranger from another land, Ella finds herself in love. But Killian has a secret, and Ella’s actions will determine the fate of her brother, her homeland, and the world.
The first book in the epic Evermen Saga."

After a couple emails sent because I was sent the wrong book (same title, but wrong things within the cover), I was finally sent the right book. Honestly, Enchantress is better than Enchantress. Heh. Now that makes things a bit more complicated, eh? Alright, let's break it down. The case of mistaken identity is irritating at least, but the book, Enchantress, is worth it.

Oh, wait. Which Enchantress? 

This Enchantress. Written by James Maxwell. Not the other one written by Constance O'Banyon (which I had to look up because I forget authors' names way too easily). Enchantress does indeed involve enchantresses. Ella is one, obviously. Miro, her brother, is not. I'm going to say upfront that Enchantress is better than I thought. I'm going to tell you that it is really long (about four or five hundred pages) and super thick.

But the story gets interesting. Maxwell starts adding in a bunch of concepts (such as technology, magic, and other things which may or may not include aliens/gods). For the sake of simplicity, I'm going to say that it is complicated. But Maxwell does a great job of balancing all these crazy facts. I never got lost. Not even once. And yes, I do remain addicted to Enchantress to the very end. It is utterly fascinating. 

Ella is the more interactive of the two siblings. As an enchantress (and perhaps the girl in the cover), she is willful and determined. I actually like her a lot. She doesn't whine. She doesn't complain. She is smart, but a bit too smart for her own good (and other people's own good). She is a bit naive, but she has a very steep learning curve. Reminds you of anyone, eh? Perhaps Dr. Brennan from Bones, the tv show. "Very steep learning curve."

Okay, I'll stop making references.

Miro, on the other hand, is less active. He is a bit too passive for my liking, and he is like a toddler (way too naive and kind). 

Killian is the love interest for Ella. He may be a very questionable character (like Once Upon A Time's favorite pirate), but he shares great chemistry with the main character (eww... Not with Miro. That is gross). 

Overall, Enchantress is worth reading (unless you don't have much time). I say it will take about four hours to finish it, three if you hurry. It is totally not recommended for immature people who would most definitely not understand adult problems. Well, I wouldn't call them adult problems, but thievery and chemistry totally runs pretty close. To at least older teenagers, who have raging hormones. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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