Mystic Circle Series, Book 1
Date published: December 21st, 2010
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher via Netgalley
Jenni Weavers is a Mistweaver and a half blood. Fifteen years before, her family is destroyed while trying to help the Lightfolk and Jenni hasn’t forgiven them or herself for the price her family paid that day. Forced to walk away from her last remaining brother, alienated from her lover and magic community, Jenni lives in the human world trying to ignore her heritage and live a human life. All was well until the Lightfolk come back into her life and want the help of the last surviving Mistweaver for an important mission. Can Jenni forgive herself, the Lighfolk and find a way to stop the darkness that will consume all if she fails?
I was absolutely thrilled to see one of my favorite authors start up a new fantasy series for Harlequin’s LUNA line. I was pulled into the story from the first page and couldn’t get enough of the Mistweavers, fae and other fantasy creatures that pop up throughout ENCHANTED NO MORE. This first book does a lot of setting up of the backstory for Jenni so it does seem repetitive at first but gradually the action picks up and the reader is then pulled into the story completely. Ms. Owens is a talented author who knows how to completely captivate her readers. Tight writing, intriguing characters and fast paced storyline help keep the reader glued to the pages until the very end.
Meet Jenni Weavers, a half breed Mistweaver-someone who can balance the four elements. Fifteen years before, she lost her family during a routine magic spell and she has blamed herself as well as the Lighfolk ever since. I enjoyed Jenni a lot. She has also felt guilty for living when her family died. Shunning the magical community, tossed away by her last remaining sibling, Jenni makes a living as a game developer and tries to live as a human. It works until the Lightfolk come knocking on her door and Jenni is drawn back into a world she left behind. I loved Jenni though I have to admit, her constant wallowing in survivor guilt got tiresome after the first few pages. Luckily, the author redeems Jenni as she begins to heal and complete her mission for the Lightfolk. The characters fairly brim with life and I could imagine seeing the magic that surrounds them if I met them on the street today. There were some interesting secondary characters that keep the story moving along nicely that I hope show up in future Mystic Circle books.
ENCHANTED NO MORE is a promising debut into a new series that will keep you glued to the pages and gasping at some twists you don’t see coming. Ms. Owns has another winning series on her hands and I cannot wait to see what the next book has to offer. If you are looking for a new fantasy contemporary book to enjoy, I highly recommend ENCHANTED NO MORE for an afternoon of reading pleasure.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of the book.