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Summary

A beast. An enchantress. An unbreakable curse....

Deep within the sentient woods, Larkin uncovers a secret that puts her in dreadful danger. Worse, now that the beast has had his taste, he’ll never stop hunting her. But the forest has woken something inside Larkin; something that gives her the power to fight back.

Magic.

Using forbidden magic will get Larkin hanged. Not using it will leave her at the mercy of the beast's enchantment. But there’s a third option; one that scares her more than anything.

She could fall in love with the beast.

Fans of A Curse so Dark and Lonely and A Court of Thorns and Roses will be spellbound by the fairytale re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and The Pied Piper in Stolen Enchantress. Buy now to find out why listeners around the world are getting lost in the Forbidden Forest!

“Moody, whimsical, and enchanting.” (Emily R. King, author of The Hundredth Queen Series)

Other Titles by Amber Argyle:

Forbidden Forest Series:

  1. Lady of Shadows
  2. Stolen Enchantress
  3. Piper Prince
  4. Wraith King
  5. Curse Queen

Fairy Queens Saga:

  1. Of Ice and Snow
  2. Winter Queen
  3. Of Fire and Ash
  4. Summer Queen
  5. Of Sand and Storm
  6. Daughter of Winter
  7. Winter’s Heir

Witch Song Series:

  1. Witch Song
  2. Witch Born
  3. Witch Rising
  4. Witch Fall
©2018 Amber Argyle (P)2020 Amber Argyle Smith

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That was so good, loved it ❤

Love the heroine, paste of the story was so quick and captivating. I was holding breath for every twist and turn. Definitely one of my best reads lately. Highly recommend it.

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everything I didn't know I needed in #Fantasy book

Stolen Enchantress was everything I didn't know I needed and was missing from a Fantasy book. What a ride!! //

Amber Argyle weaves a dark and dangerous world dominated by the Forbidden Forest. It's the place every girl in town knows to stay away from, and yet is where we find our main character, Larkin, stepping into right from the first chapter (in order to save her little sister). I know I'm being super vague and not telling enough - and this was also one of my "complaints" after reading the blurb for the first time, that it should be telling me more, - but now I know that it really was telling me enough of what I needed to know 😂 so if you're on the fence with this book (especially regarding content), and don't care about mild spoilers, read the last part of this review. If not, just go and snag a copy! It *is* worth it! //

Why? Let me tell you (just keep in mind that I'm a bit of a scaredy-cat):
This book was chilling, and yet I couldn't get enough of it! The pace is fantastic and knows exactly how much to give away so that the reader will delve deeper (and understand bit by bit what world is it they're stepping into) while at the same time keep them coming for more, wanting to know *all* the answers (beware of starting this book near your bedtime, you may or may not end up regretting it the next day). //

The narrator did such a wonderful job 🙌. I loved all the voices and she nailed every single one, from Sela's lisping the R's to the druid's menacing tone, to Denan's at times soothing or patient one, she did a great performance of each character, transporting the reader right into the story, living everything alongside Larkin. Oh, and the emotions? The nuances? She nailed every single one, from fear to excitement to hope to anger. Seriously, I could give this audio 5 stars just based on the narrator's performance of Maisy's songs #chilling, and yet, there are some things that I'm choosing to overlook, but could bother other readers: 1. There are a handful of instances in the second part of the book where it feels like the narrator missed some sentences in her first recording of it and had to go back and add (or at least that's my theory) since those sentences clearly feel out of place compared with the rest of the narrator's flow. 2. I couldn't distinguish the voices in the scene where Bane's talking with his father (they both sounded the same to me - but when talking with others, then, yes, I could tell the difference). 3. Since I listened to this book in large chunks at the time, by the end of it, some of the voices where beginning to sound similar (especially between the male characters, like Garoth, Bane, Denan, and maybe others). However, the last 3 things notwithstanding, I can't recommend this audio enough.
Great author-narrator duo and I can't wait for the next one!! ~ 5 stars //

CONTENT: there's magic, there's a forbidden forest one would never want to find themselves in, there are druids (and then there are black druids), there's a love triangle (?); there's mention of a father abusing his family (though it's more in the past, what is shown is something brief); there's mention of girls "rolling in the hay" with boys (though never shown), as well as the fact that doing so would end up in said girl ruining her reputation (- marriage is valued in contrast); there's talk of periods/menstruation blood but in a neutral/positive light (if that makes sense); there's also mention of past sexual abuse (but it's more like implied in/deducted from a conversation).

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  • Hildegard
  • 17-12-20

Lynn Bradford is Pitch Perfect - Literally!

This book is a fascinating story and a very compelling mashup of Beauty and the Beast and The Pied Piper tales. The story is brooding and majestic, all at once. This is my first exposure to author Amber Argyle, and I'm incredibly impressed with her writing. Definitely recommend this book. The star of this audiobook has to be Lynn Bradford's performance. Every choice she made in her narration was brilliant and only added to the story. This is a very long book, but dedicated listeners will find themselves rewarded with a delicious cherry on the top of an exceptional story. Towards the end, there is a hauntingly beautiful tune sung by the narrator. WOW! Ms. Bradford can SING! Do yourselves a favor, and don't miss it!

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  • Tiffany D.
  • 01-05-21

cant wait for audible to do the other books

idk about beauty and the beast but this is def an amazing retelling of the pied piper. cant day there weren't moments i was frustrated as hell at Larkin but this stort was truly beautiful

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  • Ana
  • 13-03-21

Loved the story, naration could have been better

I really loved the story! The story starts off fast and keeps that pace, felt like some things could have been more detailed - like relationships between main characters and the support characters, but overall I realize that would be a loooong book. The only issue I had with narration, which was good, was that all her male characters sounded alike, and all her female characters sounded alike. Really wish there was more diversity, but the other parts (when there is no character talking) were very good! Also, felt that the names (at least when listening to the book) were a bit similar or difficult. Did not love the name Larkin, but that is just me ahah. Seems like a male name. Overall, loved the book! :D

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  • KRLGA @Smada's Book Smack
  • 13-01-21

Unique Fairytale Retelling Smash-up Series Start

**4.5 Stars**
Larkin was supposed to be watching her little sister when she realizes that her sister wandered into the Forbidden Forest, the place nobody ever returns from. Understanding that she will not get help from the superstitious town, she plunges into the forest to try and find her sister, irrevocably changing her life in ways nobody could have predicted.

We start the book with Larkin secretly in love with her friend Bane, who seems like an ok guy (I guessed a secret about him from the start but overall he was not a bad guy per se) but once we meet Denan, the guy who basically kidnapped her, I was in love. No, Larkin was not a victim of Stockholm syndrome, she wanted nothing to do with Denan and still loved her friend (much to my chagrin, I seriously wanted to shake this girl at some points- her bad choices moved the book from 5 stars to 4.5 since I was so mad at her). But I still loved Denan. He gave Larkin a choice and options, respected her views and wants regardless of them being conflicting with his own and was overall a really decent person. Keep in mind that this is not a romance story (there is a teeny tiny smidge but not a ton), but I adored watching the two of them develop a relationship through many adversities.

I purchased this forever ago as an ebook when it first came out (I mean seriously, Beauty and the Beast meets The Pied Piper? Yes please!) because I was super excited to read it but never got a chance. When I saw it was an audio, I jumped at the chance to listen to the story. The narrator was perfect at bringing Larkin to life, giving her personality and spunk and having a clear precise diction, as well as doing a great job creating distinct voices for the other characters. I would love for the rest of the series to be on audio and be narrated by this same voice. Keep in mind I listened at 1.75x speed which was just about perfect.

I really enjoyed this read and can't wait to continue the series. While this did not end on a cliffhanger, I have so many questions and concerns about what will happen and the overall fate of Larkin and Denan. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves fairytales and retellings full of action, magic and surprises.

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  • Anthony Avina
  • 12-01-21

Fantastic New Direction on Classic Fantasy Tales!

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A powerful, enchanting combination of engaging and entertaining writing with clear, concise, and magical narration, the audiobook of Stolen Enchantress is a welcome delight. The reader is instantly transported into a world that feels part Brothers Grimm, part Mortal Instruments with a mature and dark Disney spin.

Larkin is a strong and memorable protagonist, who showcases her courage and heart from the book's early pages as she ventures into the dark forest in search of her sister. A multi-layered world and danger present itself as not only are fans treated to the amazing twist on the Pied Piper story that places him in the role of the Beast but the twists and turns the story take to create a complex and memorable mythos that fans of the series like A Court of Thorns and Roses will find themselves falling deeper and deeper into. While there are some serious topics utilized in the story (abuse being one of them), the author does a good job of layering these topics naturally into the more fantastical aspects of this world.

The Verdict

A must-read and must-listen audiobook, author Amber Argyle’s “Stolen Enchantress” is a memorable and fun YA Fantasy read. With a great balance of emotional storytelling, engaging mythology building, and amazing character relationships both good and bad, fans will not be able to stop listening to this amazing tale. Be sure to grab your copy of this audiobook today!

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  • Angela
  • 08-01-21

magical retelling

Larkin was foraging near the woods when her little sister disappears. Desperate to find her, Larkin goes into the Forbidden Forest knowing there is a chance she won't make it back out. Every year girls go missing. Either they are called into the forest or they are given up as an offering. Either way, they are never heard from again. There are beasts in the forest and its filled with magic, a stirring that drives men mad. Larkin found her sister and escaped the forest but now she has to pay the Piper. 

I really did enjoy the Pied Piper retelling part. There were several key groups of characters. Pipers- boys from Alamant that train to be able to walk through the forest. The pipers have magic that they use through the melody in their instrument. The boys have to work around a curse to gain and give information.

There were several key groups of characters. The Village of Hamel is very superstitious. They know there are beasts in the forest and have made a pack with the Druids to stay as safe as possible.
Bane is a Lord's son from Hamel that is trying to be a good leader. He knows he will one day run the town and takes this responsibility seriously. When Larkin, a childhood friend, is in need of help to escape the curse of the forest he tries to come to her rescue several times.

The narrator Lynn Bradford sang along with a whimsical character and gave so much expressive commentary to the cast of characters. I love listening to audiobooks, especially while I'm busy doing something else. I started this book on the way to Ohio so I had a 9 hour uninterrupted drive time to just absorb the story. There wasn't any additional sounds or music to the audiobook, just narration. Even so Lynn did a great job adding magic to the story.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lynn Bradford. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. 

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  • MommaT
  • 02-12-20

A fabulous spin on known folk/fairy tales!

Great read, and spun in such a different way... very entertaining!
A richly described world similar to Feyre's in the beginning of ACOTAR.
A heroine with misplaced loyalty, a stubborn streak a mile wide, & dormant magic not seen in centuries. An incident with her baby sister & her subsequent "escape" from the Forbidden Forest puts into motion a series of events that changes her forever... and sets her up to meet the beast of the forest.
A young man destined to be her soul mate... but first be her kidnapper by drawing her by playing his pipes...it did go with the Pied Piper scenerio. He lets her go of her own volition, then saves, and lets her go, multiple times to go home. He doesn't force her to do anything, just wants her to live in his homeland with him. I've watched way too many crime shows for my imagination to not go... um, hold up! But in the end, the story captivated me enough to roll with it... I'm here for the story!
So, a curse, magical creatures, monsters, & pipers... then blend in an unconditional love that makes your heart ache a little. What comes of all this? Thrown into a large literary stock pot & blended up, I discovered a simmering start that turns into a nice rolling boil of action, and ends with enough wrapped up that you don't sling your reading device across the room into a wall! It did leave me wanting more, but there ARE more books & I found this a great start to the series!
After reading this the first time, I joined Argyle's mailing list, and was fortunate enough to recieve an audiobook copy from the author through there for my honest review, which did not influence my opinion... I already enjoyed the book immensely!

Audiobook style: I felt like Lynn Bradford did a good job with emotion, voice changes, and accents.