Enchanters by K.F. BradshawEnchanters by K.F. Bradshaw


byK.F. Bradshaw

Paperback | March 1, 2017

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Title:EnchantersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:590 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.31 inPublished:March 1, 2017Publisher:Wishbox PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0998751820

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An epic read with wonderful pacing, an interesting plot, and fantastic character development along with some of the best world building in a YA fantasy novel I've ever seen. This book was provided for free as the October's Sapphic Book Club read hosted by @sapphicliterature. I went into this very excited - one because of the lovely cover and wonderful marketing (check out the website and art!) and two because the premise sounded very interesting. Most books where a stranger arrives from another world have that stranger as the main protagonist but here they are a supporting role (though a very important one!). The idea of coming into a fantasy world where magic is scarce is not something I see a lot - especially in YA and more importantly, especially in a YA fantasy book that features well written female characters and wlw. I'm glad to say I was not disappointed! Enchanters introduces us to Andrea, the apprentice of an enchanter, who has left her home behind to train in the art of enchanting and magic. Damea is the name of the setting, and for the last two hundred years it has been running out of magic with the situation being so bad that countries have had to adopt laws to regulate the magic in order to keep society running smoothly. I loved learned about Damea and its nations as well as the people who rule them. The book, the first in a series, focused more on the journey of the main characters but I'm hoping we'll see more of the regular citizens of Damea and how they lived in the next book. But back to Enchanters. Andrea meets Cassie, who was somehow transported from her world (we don't know where but it seems 21st century/Earth-like by her language and clothing) to Damea through an experiment gone haywire. Andrea discovers that Cassie is the key to finding the lost magic and the two of them go on an epic quest to find it - meeting a variety of characters along the way and overcoming obstacles such as a civil war and escaping Andrea's crazy mentor, Meredith. My only criticisms about the book are purely on a technical level. This is a debut author and it's understandable that the writing style as well as the execution of some of the finer details might be a bit shaky. There are a lot of adverbs and epithets that could have been avoided but honestly, once I got into the rhythm of their writing it wasn't a big deal at all. Now that the "bad" is out of the way (if you could even call it that), I can go back to what I liked. The pacing - the plot is very tightly woven. It's a long book - make no mistake about that. But the plot NEVER drags. There's no unnecessary subplots, no 12 pages of flowery prose, and while there are many characters as is typical for a fantasy book, they are all well defined enough that they became memorable. The world building is amazing - so many fantasy novels introduce word salad for names of locations and cultures. Not Enchanters. Every name read as though the author had taken the time to actually say the word out loud and not once did I have to wonder if they had just grabbed a letter scrambler or taken words uttered from the mouths of poor souls who had stepped on Legos. MILD SPOILERS AHEAD! I fell in love with the characters. Andrea is a great protagonist and very relatable with obvious flaws. I enjoyed how ambitious she was and rarely did she compromise her goals, even if it meant putting herself or others at risk. Cassie had a nice sarcastic streak though I found myself wanting to know more about where she was from and her perspective. I was rather fond of Kye, though I think I would like to know more about him as well. I liked his relationships with the other characters: he looked up to Andrea but found a friend in Cassie and there seemed to be a sort of aunt/nephew relationship between him and Elisa, who I'll get to next. Elisa was my favorite character. She was always grumpy but seemed to genuinely care a lot about her charges. There was some MAJOR chemistry happening between her and Ithmeera, the empress of Azgadar, even though they technically never shared a single scene. Diana and Jacob were nice - we came in during the middle of their relationship so it was a little unusual because as a reader I felt like I didn't get much lead up to them actually getting together. Finally, Meredith was a terrific "villain", if you could even call her that, which brings me to my next point...The "villains" in this story were so believable and I found myself empathizing with most of them! There are a few people who are more along the "mustache-twirling" line of bad guy but they were few and far between. Finally, the relationship and romance of Andrea and Cassie. Hands down - the best relationship progression I've read in a YA fantasy book. They *weren't* friends in the beginning - they had to work for it and they *really* had to work for their romance and I loved it. I loved that it wasn't the endgame for them either - too often the "hookup" is the culmination of character subplots but not here. I look forward to seeing their romance develop even further in the next book (which I assume it will). I recommend this book to anyone that is looking to get started in a well written, good paced fantasy series with lots of realistic female characters where the focus is on the journey and the adventure (just as a warning to those looking for a romance novel - this is NOT that). As a final note, I love the level of dedication the author has put into this series and its world and how they interacted so casually with my new friends and I when we had questions. I can honestly say I can't wait for the next book.
Date published: 2017-10-18