Book Review: Enchantress (Everman Saga #1)

Book Review: Enchantress (Everman Saga #1)Enchantress (Evermen Saga, #1) by James Maxwell
Published by 47North on July 29th 2014
Pages: 624
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From the day Ella witnesses an enchanter using his talents to save her brother's life, 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 her brother, 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.
This is the first book in the epic Evermen Saga.

Imagine my excitement when I found that I could borrow Enchantress from Amazon for free! Unfortunately, you often get what you pay for. After slogging through this book for a couple of hours, I decided not to finish it. I am a firm believer in finishing what I start, so it is a testament to how boring I found Enchantress that I put the novel down.

 

I was unable to form any sort of attachment to the characters–twins named Ella and Miro, who sought to be an enchantress and a swordsman respectively. With no parents, the twins were forced to make their own way. Tritely, Ella sells flowers to save for tuition at the enchanting Academy. Miro, on the other hand, takes swordsmanship lessons and hides his skill in order to minimize the abuse and jealousy of the other students. When Miro finally strikes back against his classmates, he is punished with a four month expedition to a foreign country. It is then that the author not only delves into different magics and cultures, but also when I started to fall asleep. I simply didn’t care about a world that housed other lackluster and boring characters.

 

If the characters were poorly constructed, the magic at least had to be interesting, right? Wrong. How am I supposed to get excited over a deeply revered Animator entering a room with a staff that sprouts legs and leans itself against the wall? While I rolled my eyes at this childish display of power, Miro and the other characters were thoroughly astonished and impressed. If this Animator was what a fully powered enchanter was like, I didn’t want to read hundreds more pages to discover what drab magics Ella would learn at the Academy.

 

I think I could have forgiven the boring characters and magics if the writing were good, but unfortunately, it was very bland and detached. To me, Enchantress read more like a cliché synopsis for what the author thought a fantasy novel should be, instead of an actual story. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a great fantasy read with complex characters, a richly developed world, and mystifying magics, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.

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Posted July 17, 2015 in Book Reviews, Fantasy

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