Sunday, July 27
Book Review: The Enchanted
Author: Rene Denfeld
Pages: EBook 144
Summary: The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs, with the devastating violence of prison life. Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest, and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners' pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honor and corruption-ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.
My Rating: 8/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a quick, but very engrossing read, which I enjoyed a lot.
There are so many elements to this book, that drew me in, it's hard to find a place to start. First of all, having almost all of the characters nameless also added something to the book, which ended up being a great thing, because despite only knowing pieces of information about a character, I still felt connected to them, and it had a lot of character driven parts.
The story itself is harsh, focusing on the horrible crimes of the prisoners, and some focus on their lives, which in some cases, was just as horrific as the crimes the prisoners committed, but the author balances that out, with some extraordinary and beautiful writing - the writing alone made me want to race through the book, but having the characters created they way they were and an incredible story, it made for an excellent reading experience.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was an incredible story and I think a lot of readers would enjoy the book, no matter their reading tastes.
What to read next: I've been thinking about this for some time, and I'm still clueless on what to read next.
Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge