The first book in the epic Evermen Saga.
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.
©2014 James Maxwell (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Enchantress is a book I saw rated very highly on both the internet and in real life. So naturally it had to go onto my listening list.
To start with I had that dreadful feeling that, due to the main character having to go to college/university to learn to be an enchantress, it was going to be a Harry Potter style book. Thankfully, that wasn't the case as the whole learning to be an enchantress thing (despite the title of the book) doesn't actually take up too much time. It's one of those things that works better because it's almost been glossed over
The system of magic in Enchantress is rather different to what most series offer. Instead of spells and fireballs Maxwell implies a far more delicate and subtle method to get much the same result. Very interesting magic system with a well thought out limitation that could see the entire system fail.
Maxwell uses descriptive writing to bring you into the story and feel for his characters. At times you genuinely feel despair for Ella and I constantly found myself pulling for Miro (he was totally the star of the show for me).
Enchantress is one of those books that doesn't seem to have a target market like other books do. Whereas some might aim for a male 19-30 demographic and others young women, this seems like it wants to be greedy and aims for both. I could be entirely wrong but it feels like Miro's parts are geared seriously towards men whereas Ella's have an almost 'chick-flick' feel to them. This is in no way a bad thing. It brings two halves perfectly together to make a wonderful whole.
This is one of those books that will give you just enough story by the end of it to make you want to take a chance on the rest of the series.
Hmmm, I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to rate this story as I think there are some things that could be better (more 'oomph' in the narration; it was quite flat at times, and better handling of the passage of time in the early part of the book; there were parts where the story had moved on by years, but as the reader, it didn't really feel like it had and it was a bit jarring), and some bits which were excellent (the magical system and it's 'Achilles heel', the Primate and his role in the story, the world itself and description of the cities).
I'm a fantasy fan, this being virtually the only genre I listen to, and it just felt like there was something a bit lacking, even though it was good enough to keep me listening through to the end.
I have to be honest and say that the narrator, whilst not annoying or irritating, didn't really being the story the life. There wasn't really a great deal of different accents so I couldn't identify a character as soon as they 'spoke' and they weren't imbued with their own personality, and at the points where the character was meant to shout or scream, or perhaps sound very desperate, it wasn't conveyed in the voice, it was just spoken. This let it down I feel.
A decent story, but something left to be desired
Well narrated, good story and I liked some characters and hated others, I cared. and am looking forward to the other books.
Retired lady who loves books, now unable to read them I have found the magic world of audio and love listening to them whenever I can:)
Loved it, can't wait to get going with the next part. Mixture of all you wish from a book, nail biting moments and rising excitement. I would most certainly recommend this series.
I nearly turned off a few times but now first book finished I'm gripped.
The narrator lacked something for me ,please record with Steven pacy
If any role-players want to know how a multi-threaded campaign runs, its like this. The characters spend much of the book apart but their actions affect one another in ways only the reader sees - until they come back together at the end.
A thoroughly enjoyable listen, and an interestung world set-up.
diffrent to other kinds of fantasy but the same wonderous battles of good and evil loved the evermen quotes! brilliant now for book 2!
A clever story that lulls you into your own assumptions only to surprise you at each turn. Well written and well narrated, would recommend to all fantasy lovers!
I loved this story, it moves along at a good pace.
The narrator that's a good job at conveying the story.
I can't wait for the next instalment as this has left me wanting more.
I did this story five out of five!
Simon Vance is a great story teller
Great first book, and as the story unfolds and the plots thicken , i was drawn more and more into this world that has been created.. the other three are just as good , with strong characters and world class narration.
"Sufficiently advanced technology ...."
TLDR: story very good even for hard Sci-Fi lovers, reader spectacular.
I'm usually a hard Sci-fi/historical fiction type person. I chose this book based about 90% on the fact that Simon Vance is the reader, and his treatment of the Aubrey-Maturin series was perfect -- he's a great reader.
I'm usually not into fantasy, though like many, my introduction to Sci-Fi was via fantasy (LOTR). As it turned out, the story was great and the "magic" used here, seems much less like magic and much more like some strange technology left behind by alien visitors. There were some things I think that fell together a little too conveniently, hence four rather than five stars for the story, but I'm already downloading the second book in the series as I type this. It was a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
"Good but ...."
this a really good book with great imagery and action and a little romance too. The only thing i didn't like about it is the story had a harry potter/young adult book feel to it but its not for kids because there are some pretty descriptive sex scenes in the book. Other than that its ok. Enjoy
"Just missing some spark or link to me"
Nothing is really wrong with this book- the plot is predicable but not too baddly; the characters are reasonable and the magic system has a some level of logic (for whatever that worth). I even wanted to know how the author would unfold the story yet nothing really made me enter the world. IT was just a story. I think another might enjoy it yet it had no link to me.
"Solid beginning to the series"
A good groundwork for a new series. Enough novelty in the magic system to be intriguing. Characters are a little shallow, but likeable. Hopefully they will gain more depth in the other books. I will continue reading the series to find out!
Well narrated, discernable characters.
"Absolutely fantastic! Action all the way."
Rank among my Top 10 List! A must read.
When Ella magicked a bridge across the waters so that the refugees and soldiers can cross back to their homeland and escape from their enemies. That was really FANTASTIC!
Yes I have and I do like his voice. His performance of the different characters were perfect. The female voices were good too.
James Maxwell writes superbly and I hope there will be more books from him.
"Very good book and audio book."
My favorite books have always been first person fantasy books, like Assassin's Apprentice or more recently The Name of the Wind. It was always hard for me to get into third person fantasies, I've tried Mistborn, Blood Song and other well reviewed novels, bit none of them really made me want to continue with their series. Somehow, Enchantress does. At the beginning I thought I was in for a couple weak protagonists, but as I continued reading they progressed very well. The story was rather week written and I enjoyed Simon Vance as narrator. 4.5/5
"Exciting Fantasy with Magic and swordplay"
Likeable characters in an unusual but believable setting. The land of Ella and Mira is diverse and colorful. The brother and sister come of age in different ways to help their nation fight evil. Plenty of intrigue, battles and magic but what makes the story work is character interfaith and development. Very enjoyable read!
"Starts off slow"
At first I couldn't really get into but I just kept listening. it's really not the best writing but I found the story to be "enchanting" haha. Page turner for sure :)
"a wonderful piece."
What a beautiful story. Well written, well thought out, and we'll performed. I can't wait to read the next book(s).
"Wow! Can't wait to see the next story"
Wonderful saga, brutal, colorful, enchanting! I highly recommend it! Beautifully rendered an a lot of fun to listen to.
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