The Enchanted

Genevra Thorne
The Enchanted
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Publisher
BookTrope Editions
Release Date
January 2016
ISBN
1513706942
Series
Book 1 of A Faerie Tale
Genre
Fantasy Romance

SUMMARY
Prince Gabriel of Rhyddon is the reluctant heir to the faerie kingdom of Eilithia. It's said that there is nothing more beautiful than Eilithia and the Tylwyth Teg faeries that live there. Gabriel would disagree. Since being enchanted by the seductive temptress Aneira, a powerful witch who spoke his name four years ago, he has not seen the beauty in anything. Imprisoned by indifference and oblivious to any power but Aneira's corrupting passion, Prince Gabriel's mind may no longer be his own, but he will never give her his heart. That was taken from him long ago, and only glimmers of that joyous pledge keep him sane.

Somewhere across the earthly realm of Wales, Taryn of Hamilhawk dreams of a magical forest with music in its trees and a man who holds her heart in his hands. But she's afraid of magic and, looking out her lonely tower window, prays each night to forget him. She has no idea that soon she will be his wife and that she will somehow save both him and herself from a force that threatens their future. She would never imagine that her path to passionate love will be filled with faeries, a talking tree, and a shape-changing king… and best it not be revealed until Taryn is free to bring her own magnificence and resilience to bear.

Book Review by Elizabeth Ramsay (reviewer)
Apr 18, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
124 people found the following review helpful
Excellent read!

Lord Gabriel ab Aedden of Rhyddon is the prince of the Tylwyth Teg. As the novel opens, he has been enchanted for four years by Princess Aneira of the Daoine Sidhe. Aneira has enchanted Gabriel so that he no longer feels except when he is with her. She has done this on the order of her mother, Moire, to strike back at Gabriel's father, King Aedden, for marrying Gabriel's mother, Gwyneth of Pembroke, for love. Love is the only thing that can break the enchantment of the Daoine Sidhe. The advice of Cerdinen, the wise tree of the grove, causes Gabriel to marry.

Taryn Hamilton lives at Hamilhawk and has been punished all her life for her mother's sin of leaving her father. Her father, Drayton Hamilton, rains constant abuse on her for her so-called seductive behaviour which can include anything from meeting someone's eyes to receiving unwanted advances. Drayton figures he can kill birds with one stone by marrying her to Gabriel. The alliance will make Rhyddon form a defense pact with Hamilhawk, and he will never have to see Taryn again. Taryn is terrified to be sold to a man whom rumor paints as a demon. She wants only to find the man who visits her in her dreams and rescue him as he asks.

Taryn is shocked to discover that they are one and the same. Worse is that he seems to have no memory of the dreams and rides off to war before they are even wed. They are wed by proxy and Gabriel comes to know his bride once he returns. He finds that she is the only one who can bring emotion back into his colourless world. Will it be enough to break Aneira's spell and allow him to go free?

The story is told from, not only the perspective of Gabriel and Taryn, but also Gabriel's two brothers, Rhys and Elusen. The reader is given insight into the motives of Aneira and her mother as their views are shared as well. It is difficult to juggle diverse narrators and neither alienate your reader nor lose the thread of your plot. Genevra Thorne pulls it off. She paints a richly detailed world that places the reader right there beside the characters. Best of all, she creates a heroine who grows as an individual because of love, rather than yet another damsel in distress. It is rare to see strong women in a romance novel without a "taming" narrative. The idea that a loving relationship can help a woman find her strength is one whose time has come.
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