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Enchantress (The Evermen Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
An empire divided by magic. A nation on the brink of rebellion.
After losing their parents in the last doomed uprising, two siblings will find themselves at the center of an epic struggle for power.
When Ella witnesses an enchanter saving her brother's life, she knows what she wants to be. But the elite Academy expects tuition fees and knowledge. 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.
After Miro departs for war, the void he leaves in Ella's life is filled by a mysterious foreigner, Killian. But Killian has a secret, and Ella’s actions will determine the fate of her brother, her homeland, and the world.
Published in 2014, the highly acclaimed Evermen Saga is a worldwide bestseller.
Revised edition: This edition of Enchantress includes editorial revisions.
About the Author
James Maxwell grew up in the scenic Bay of Islands, New Zealand, and was educated in Australia. Devouring fantasy and science-fiction classics from an early age, his love for books translated to a passion for writing, which he began at the age of eleven.
Inspired by the natural beauty around him but also by a strong interest in history, he decided in his twenties to see the world. He relocated to London and then to Thailand, Mexico, Austria, and Malta, developing a lifelong obsession with travel. It was while living in Thailand that he seriously took up writing again, producing his first full-length novel, Enchantress, the first of four titles in his internationally bestselling Evermen Saga.
When he isn't writing or traveling, James enjoys sailing, snowboarding, classical guitar, and French cooking.
- ASIN : B00HQLQYRY
- Publisher : 47North (29 July 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 4729 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 626 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1477823522
- Best Sellers Rank: 21,619 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Please note - this may not bother those of a religious bent (the author is a pastor, so I think he's just applying quite fundamentalist christian mortality to a fantasy setting), but as I'm not religious I found it a bit weird,. I'm not trying to make any sort of statement on religion, I just found that it made it hard to support the heroes when they're committing worse acts than the villains are while!
I'm not sure whether I will read the other books in the Saga - luckily this one was a self-contained story, unlike some other books which say they are Book One but are actually Part One, so you have to read the other parts to make sense of the story.
Enchantress is the first book in the Evermen Saga, setting the scene for some very grand adventures. It is long (600+ pages) and very detailed, which makes the world-building and character development excellent. The story-world is well thought out (and there’s a map! I love a map), and bears many similarities to the real world, making it easy to comprehend (issues such as race and social status come into play). There are a lot of different characters, but only a few are known to us in great detail so the number of characters never gets confusing. New characters throughout the book are introduced well and integrated into the story.
I personally loved reading about a main character called Ella (in case you hadn’t realised, that’s my name) and I found her to be a mostly likeable character. Her storyline was particularly interesting and fun to read. Miro’s plot interested me slightly less; there was a lot of detail about his movements on the front line of battle, with full inclusion of general life in war rather than just individual battles. Although I was less into this, the whole thing was still very engrossing.
Enchantress is a very good and well written book, but I have mixed feelings about the series. It almost falls into the YA category, but with some pretty heavy violence, some slightly-more-than-PG sex scenes and references to almost rape pushing it more comfortably out of YA and into adult fantasy. While reading, I wasn’t sure whether I’d bother carrying on to the next instalment, but now, having finished, I’m finding myself very tempted to buy book #2.
It was a fairly light read for me and I would have a preferred it to have had an harder edge and a quicker pace. Overall though, I did like the way this story was put together and the fact that it was rounded off in such a way as to make it possible to read it as a stand-alone novel - even though it is essentially the first book of The Everman Saga.