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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Luna; Original edition (Dec 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373803230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373803231
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #542,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Story weakened by unsympathetic protagonist May 20 2011
By booksforabuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Jenni Weaver has no use for the fae. Thanks to them, her entire family, with the exception of herself and her wounded brother, are now dead. She has even less use for her former lover, Aric Paramon. If she hadn't dallied with Aric, she would have been there when the darkfolk attacked, she would have been able to fight. Instead, she'd arrived in time only to see her family destroyed--and then have her brother throw salt and silver at her, disowning her from any relationship. Maybe the lightfolk need her, but she doesn't need them--not even if they promise to make her a princess, accepting her in ways no halfling has been accepted before.

Although Jenni is immune to their offers of acceptance, Jenni's brother, Rothly, is not. When he accepts their offer and is lost in the mists, Jenni is honor-bound to rescue him and to complete the mission he accepted on behalf of the family he no longer admits she is a member of. Together with Aric, she risks the dangers of the shadleeches and ultimately the assaults of the lords of the darkfolk--both to save Rothly and to ensure that the magic bubbles welling up from within the earth are used for good rather than evil.

Author Robin Owens pushes hard on Jenni's anger--ultimately making her less sympathetic than I would have hoped for. She's quick to forgive her brother, who hurt her more than anyone, while slow to forgive the man she loved (and hasn't truly stopped loving) or the elves who had no reason to anticipate danger to Jenni's family and who suffered grievous harm of their own in the attack. I also found Jenni too good at everything. A minute in the elf workshop and she's suggesting changes in the work environment that will make elf programmers more productive. Although she hasn't worked magic for years, she's able to control the powers of near-immortal darkfolk and the strongest of the lightfolk lords. Of course, Aric wants only her forgiveness and to be with her--although, as she was the one who cut him off, it should be her who looks for forgiveness rather than giving it.

I enjoyed Owens' magical world, her concepts of mixing human technology with fae magic, and ultimately the battle between light and dark as the third bubble emerges from the ocean. Not being able to like the protagonist, however, made this a hard story for me to love as much as I'd hoped.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
usually a sucker for fantasy books May 9 2011
By nekojita - Published on Amazon.com
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So it was a fantasy (romance) book, it was worth a shot, right? It wasn't too bad - I give the author props for setting up an interesting premise and building a fascinating world. I enjoyed the concept of taking fantasy races and dividing them along elemental lines (not exactly 100% original but not beaten to death, either) and the need to balance them out. Then throw in the 'Light' and the 'Dark' (maybe a wee bit of overkill there, but you do have to have some adversaries) and it was a nice, refreshing take on elves, brownies, dryads and the so forth.

And then we have our intrepid heroine, Jindesfarne Mistweaver - or 'Jenni' to save you a mouthful - and that's where things start to go downhill. Something bad happened fifteen years ago to drive her out to the mundane world and she refuses to be dragged back to work her family's special magic (balancing the elements/accessing an inter-dimension). This lasts a few brief pages until she finds out that the brother who disowned her, the only remaining family she has left, took on the assignment and is in trouble.

Now this probably isn't the biggest of spoilers since it's hinted at in the summary, but Jenni got in trouble with her brother so many years ago because when her family was called upon to do their special thing (which I still don't get, seems to me there's nothing special about their mixed blood but the book's good about glossing things over or things just appearing out of nowhere) because she and her lover, Aric, were too busy having sex when the ceremony got moved up and missed out on it when things went wrong. Uhm... this bugged me because seems to me for there to be much better 'distractions' out there (plotwise)and would indicate serious flightiness on both characters' parts, and with all the mental speech going on between characters in the book, why didn't one of Jenni's family just 'wake' her up to tell her about the change of schedule (*come on*, anyone who has a sibling out there can't tell me that one of them wouldn't relish the chance to interrupt, and if the ceremony was as important as Jenni built it up, why would they leave her out of it at the last minute?). The story is filled w/ niggling inconsistencies like this, as if the writer didn't think things through or just glosses stuff over for the sake of moving the plot along or dramatic effect for certain characters and so forth and then changes stuff the next page.

Jenni comes across as a good bit of a Mary Sue. She shows up, and all of a sudden things are better. Not to mention she starts off so very bitter and hurt and angtsy for the first few pages and... all that emotion just fizzles. She has every reason to be guilty and angry at Aric, and that doesn't last very long, does it? Even when he does something that by all means should cast him as a bit of a cad (but he doesn't seem to get any backlash for, since the other person involved is cast in such a negative light?). For someone hurt so badly and for whom 'time' moves so slowly, she forms bonds rather quickly, too. She points out how other characters can change so little because of this whole 'time' concept, but then a heck of a lot of changes occur over a relatively small period of time. I got the point where I would just have to say to myself 'stop trying to think too much with this book'.

But hey, if you're a Lord of the Rings fan, there's a Legolas and Gimli rip-off in the story for you. A shame they're some of the more interesting characters and don't even seem to rate any names. But we're told at the end that a character that's mentioned in one or two sentences will get a book of her own. Sadly, I'm not interested enough to bother reading any more of this 'Magic Circle'. I managed to finish this book, it kept me entertained during that time and was mostly a quick read, but that was it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not for me April 21 2011
By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Published on Amazon.com
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I was drawn to _Enchanted No More_ by the vibrant hues of the cover art and because the plot summary -- centering on a half-faerie woman sucked back grudgingly into court affairs -- reminded me of one of my favorite urban fantasy series, Seanan McGuire's October Daye.

Jenni is a halfling, half human and half Lightfolk (fae). She wants nothing to do with her Lightfolk heritage after a magical disaster fifteen years ago in which most of her family was killed. Instead, she lives as a human in Denver and works as a game designer. She is drawn back into the Lightfolk world when her last remaining family member, her estranged brother, disappears while on a mission for the rulers. Jenni reluctantly accepts the mission so that she can rescue her brother. Now she has court politics to deal with, along with dangerous evil creatures and her ex-lover Aric Paramon. (The blurb calls him Tage, but I think that must be from an earlier draft.)

Jenni must overcome her guilt and grief over the tragedy in her past, and forgive herself and Aric for the things they could have done differently. Her brother has a similar arc, learning to move past his own self-pity and his bitterness toward Jenni. Readers who enjoy this type of character journey may find Enchanted No More hits the spot.

For me, it was a bumpy read. The trouble starts with Jenni. I had trouble warming to her. At the beginning of the book, she's immature, lashing out in anger at the most inopportune moments. She throws tantrums at royalty -- not generally a good idea, but her magical talents are rare enough that they put up with it. Later, as she deals with her past, she becomes more sympathetic but still has annoying traits such as a tendency to meddle. She prods Aric about his dad issues when they're supposed to be having a romantic evening, and dispenses career counseling to the other halflings at court. (In the latter case, it's not so much a problem that she *does* it, but the way they instantly feel motivated to better their lot after a brief conversation with Jenni--unrealistic IMHO.) Meanwhile, Aric never quite feels fleshed out.

The magic system and the scenes of magic use are often confusing to follow, while other aspects of the story are over-explained. The deaths of Jenni's family are rehashed so many times that -- especially after the Fire Queen tells her own version and offers to let Jenni read the other royals' accounts -- I was sure there would be a twist wherein the incident would turn out to have happened differently than Jenni remembered. This doesn't occur, however.

Finally, there are a huge number of comma splices. I hate to nitpick about grammar/editing, but when there are enough of these errors, it becomes distracting.

_Enchanted No More_ will be appealing to some readers but fell flat with me, I'm sad to say. I'd rather be reading October Daye.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Slow pacing in parts but interesting conceit Feb. 27 2011
By Techie Evan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
This first novel in the new Mystic Circle contemporary romance fantasy series tells the story of Jindesfarne Mistweaver, aka Jenni Weaver. Born to the only known family of halflings (half human, half magical beings) with the magical ability to manipulate energies from the four elements earth, water, air and fire to keep them in balance, Jenni lost most of her family 15 years ago.

Two of the four LightFolk royal couples jointly ruling her homeland then had wanted to move on to another dimension through an open portal, and Jenni's family had been responsible for keeping the elemental energies in balance to ensure the couples' safe passage. On the day the ritual was to have taken place, the schedule was suddenly moved up because of intelligence regarding DarkFolk attacks. Out of reach because she was with her lover, Aric Paramon, Jenni learned of the schedule change in an untimely manner. When she and Aric arrived to help, the DarkFolk attack was already in full force. Amidst the fighting and chaos, Jenni and her family found themselves unprotected, and although they succeeded in providing safe passage to the ruling couples moving on to the next dimension, their achievement came with a huge sacrifice: everyone in Jenni's family perished except for her and her older brother Rothly. Crippled and maimed magically, Rothly cut his ties to Jenni and Aric, blaming them for his parents' and siblings' demise. Unable to forgive herself, but also angry at Aric and the LightFolk rulers for leaving her family unprotected, Jenni left her magical homeland to live among humans in Mystic Circle, Denver, making a living as a successful game software developer.

Now 15 years later, the current LightFolk rulers have sent Aric to Jenni to persuade her to participate in a short-term mission where her unique ability is required. Remembering how halflings like her and her family have been treated shabbily in her magical homeland, Jenni at first refuses, but when she learns that her brother, who has agreed to help the royals, is trapped and in danger in the interdimension, she conditions her acceptance of the mission on the royals providing her help in tracking her brother's whereabouts so she can try to rescue him first.

But Jenni has not been exercising her magical abilities for a long time. Would she be able to "power up" her dormant ability in time to save her brother and complete her mission as well? Would the royals live up to their part of the bargain? Has Rothly forgiven her? What about her relationship with Aric? Has Aric found another lover? Does he still have feelings for Jenni? Does Jenni still have feelings for him? Why has he been doing the biddings of the royals? When a situation arises again where Aric has to choose between fighting for the royals versus fighting for Jenni, who would Aric choose and why? Would Aric ever find the spine to stand up against the royals? Do the current royals deserve Jenni's help? Is the mission Jenni accepted worth the risk to her life? Would Jenni complete her mission successfully with so much negative energy weighing her down?

Overall, I thought the novel has an interesting conceit, and interesting subplots (e.g., Aric's own family problems and his concern for his TreeFolk ilk; Jenni's powerful but evil rival for Aric's love; the current royals' motivations and plans for humans and those lower than the royals in the LightFolk caste system; the alluded transformative connection between technology and magic, etc.) as well. The Jenni and Aric characters are very well developed, and character development for most of the secondary characters was sufficient for the purposes they served.

One improvement that would have made a difference for me concerns the somewhat excessive rehashing of what happened to Jenni 15 years ago. Most of the time, especially in the first half of the novel, those frequent reminders did not include new details, and therefore, in my mind, did not serve to move the plot forward in an interesting manner. Cutting down the frequency of those reminders would have improved the pacing of the novel for me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great read! Jan. 10 2011
By K. Opsahl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Eight, leaders of the Lightfolk, have sent for Jennie Weaver aka Jindesfarne Mistweaver. They want her to intercept a bubble and hone its powers for their good. They were unable to intercept the first one it the Darkfolk were able to harnass that one. They used it to create shadleeches to gnaw on the Lightfolk's magic.

Fifteen years ago the original Eight had sent for the Mistweaver family to open a portal for them. At the last minute they move up the time table and Jennie was too late to save her family, Her brother Rothly is the only sibling to survive but his magic and himself are maimed.

The Eight send her ex-lover Aric Paramon to request her help (half Treefolk and half Elf). They are offering her a Princess title if she completes the task. She and Aric must travel to Yellowstone to intercept this bubble. She finds out that the Eight had previously asked her brother to go on this mission but they had lost contact with him. Jennie makes a deal with them that she will save her brother first and then go after the bubble. Since I don't want to give away the entire book I will just leave it at that...:)

I got so mad at Rothly because even after Jennie retrieves him from the inter-dimension he continues to treat her badly! I just wanted to strangle him!! This book had me bouncing between being mad at Rothly, sad about the loss of Jennie's entire family and her struggle to cope with it and cheering on Jennie and Aric's love. Great read!!

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