enchanters by k.f. bradshaw (enchanters, book 1)
overall rating: 4.1/5
genre: YA, fantasy
synopsis: The people of Damea are no strangers to magic. They have wielded it for years – woven it into their societies and everyday lives. It is a part of them, it breathes with them. But the magic is dying, and taking Damea with it. Andrea, an enchanter’s apprentice, is determined to bring it back. It will take her as well as the help of a skeptical stranger from another world to find and restore the magic before the land suffocates.
*i received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review*
i love fantasy, so when i got an offer to review enchanters, i was pretty excited! the synopsis is interesting, but nothing special. however, bradshaw definitely brings the story alive through the characters!
the characters and their relationships are definitely my favorite part of this book. although i didn’t like andrea and cassie (the other main character) much at first, i definitely grew to like them more. the character development is very well-done, and although the characters did annoy me at times, i could see the way they were shaped by all their experiences. in general, all the development in the story is pretty good (characters, relationships, plot, and world). i really appreciate that there’s no insta-love throughout the book, and nothing happens TOO suddenly. the relationship is allowed to progress at a normal pace as the characters get to know each other better.
the plot is set at a relatively good pace. however, there are so many events that happen, which makes it feels like the story drags on a bit too much. still, i don’t think i was ever really bored, and the plot held my interest. some parts are a little predictable, and i wasn’t particularly surprised by anything. the ending is satisfying, wrapping up major plot points while leaving me curious about what happens next. i’ll definitely be reading book 2 if i can get my hands on it!
the world-building is also pretty well-done, and i learned essentially everything i needed to know to understand the story. i wasn’t ever confused, which is good, but i do wish we got a little more backstory on why/how the magic left the land.
the writing is my least favorite part, mostly because some of the dialogue felt awkward to me. i didn’t love the writing style in general, but it’s not bad at all.
overall, enchanters is a well-developed book that will hold your attention with interesting characters as they face action, danger, and romance.
have you read this? what did you think?