The Enchantment Emporium

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Alysha Gale is a member of a family capable of changing the world with the charms they cast. Then she receives word that she's inherited her grandmother's junk shop in Calgary, only to discover upon arriving that she'll be serving the fey community. And when Alysha learns just how much trouble is brewing in Calgary, even calling in the family to help may not be enough to save the day.

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Overview

Alysha Gale is a member of a family capable of changing the world with the charms they cast. Then she receives word that she's inherited her grandmother's junk shop in Calgary, only to discover upon arriving that she'll be serving the fey community. And when Alysha learns just how much trouble is brewing in Calgary, even calling in the family to help may not be enough to save the day.

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Thoughtful and leisurely, this fresh urban fantasy from Canadian author Huff (Valor's Trial) features an ensemble cast of nuanced characters in Calgary, Alberta. Headstrong young museum research assistant Allie Gale takes over her missing grandmother's titular junk-shop, which is supposedly crucial to the local community. When Allie arrives to find a leprechaun, a monkey's paw and a magic mirror, she realizes her grandmother didn't mean the human community. After spotting low-flying dragons and other UnderRealm creatures in the neighborhood, Allie calls on the help of her powerful family of modern, benevolent Toronto witches, who attempt to visit via a spacetime-spanning Wood until something shadowy begins pushing them out in inconvenient locales like Haiti. Fantasy buffs will find plenty of humor, thrills and original mythology to chew on, along with refreshingly three-dimensional women in an original, fully realized world. (June)

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VOYA - Kristin Anderson
Twenty-four-year-old Allie Gale has recently lost her job and returned to the home of her very large and very magical family. When Allie receives a mysterious letter from her grandmother in Calgary, Allie ventures away from home to take over the operation of her grandmother's junk shop. It quickly becomes clear that the shop has been serving the local fey community and that something sinister is brewing. A tangled plot involving dragon lords and sorcerers emerges. With the help of friends and family, as well as a bit of romance with the sorcerer's henchman, Allie and the rest of the Gale family unite to save Calgary from going up in flames. Although the world-building at the beginning is a little choppy, overall this novel is a very entertaining and humorous read. The low P score provided here mostly speaks to the fact that the book does not have high teen appeal. Teen urban fairy tends to present a nascent romance as a critical component, but this title presents a heroine who has been thwarted in love, develops a physical relationship with a man, and then slowly falls in love with him. Fans of Melissa Marr and Holly Black, however, who have exhausted all teen titles in the urban faery genre may be intrigued. When recommending to teens, it is important to understand that the book contains more frank discussions of sexuality, in all its limitless possibilities, than even the steamiest of teen titles. Reviewer: Kristin Anderson
Library Journal
Alysha Gale isn't sure what she wants to do with her life. Born into the magical Gale family, she feels that everything is predestined—she'll marry another Gale, have magical children, and, after menopause, become one of the Gale Aunties. Though she tries to live a normal life, she finds her attempt thwarted when her Gran goes missing and leaves Alysha a strange inheritance: a Calgary junk shop that is a hub of activity for the city's fey community. Though Alysha journeys reluctantly to Calgary, she soon realizes that this trip is yet another part of her predestiny as a Gale—something scary is brewing in the prairie province of Alberta, and she needs to help stop it. VERDICT This new urban fantasy by the author of the "Blood" vampire mysteries (the basis for Lifetime's now canceled Blood Ties series) will appeal to fantasy fans who enjoy supernatural phenomena in real-world settings and urban fantasy readers who are bored with the grittier side of the genre. A good readalike is Laura Anne Gilman's "Retrievers" series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756406059
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 343,223
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Tanya Huff is the author of numerous highly successful fantasy series. Her earlier DAW novels were chosen by the New York Public Library system as part of their Books for Teens program, and she's been a finalist for Canada's top awards in the genre.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Beware the language

    From what I read this could have been a good book, but she uses the F word almost every time someone opens their mouth. I tried to read the book but finally had to stop, just couldn't take the language.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    I was enchanted.

    This book was very entertaining. You have to read the whole thing to get answer to the questions. The characters are fun and Charlie is my kind of girl.
    Tanya Huff always makes me laugh with her humor. So if you want to read something to relax with on a rainy day or lazing by the pool you won't be disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2010

    cast of characters

    the plot was good, but I LOVE all the characters I hope this is a series!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2010

    Excellent -great read.

    I couldn't put it down once I started. I hope she continues this as a series. It would be great to know what happens with everyone. Lots of potential for other stories. Very magical--fantastic, but somehow very believable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Huff creates a new world with very interesting characters

    This 'family' develops by hints and tidbits. A mixture or witches and perhaps druids, They are adults who joke about each other but love each other.
    There ARE sinister things going on. She can build the suspense craftily, and love her brand of humor, and her dragonlords!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Fun Read!

    I enjoy Tanya Huff's writing style, and this book is packed with intriguing ideas. The Gale family, their magic, their relationships, are all fascinating.

    Even though I liked the main character and the story line, I found myself getting a bit annoyed at the constant repetition of how scary the Aunties are supposed to be. I got it in the first chapter. And the second. And the third...

    Still, a fun read! If you're a fan, you'll love it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Amazing!

    This book was a complete joy to find. The author took me to a whole new world of magic. Please keep writing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

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    Did I miss something...?

    I really enjoyed The Enchantment Emporium. I found the characters fun and interesting and the situation fairly original. The plot was reletively unpredictable - I was suprised at least twice by plot twists - and I found the in-joke Sci Fi references funny. However, the whole time I was reading I felt as if there was something I missed. Was this book two of a series? Had there been a short story I hadn't known about? NOTHING about the world is explained. Most of it you can pick up from context, although it's often 50 pages later that an obscure magical factiod becomes clear. Honestly, the lack of exposition was kind of refreshing, but slightly unnerving. Still, worth reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Enchantment Emporium was wonderful

    If you've read Summon the Keeper, or actually any of Tanya Huff's
    books and loved them, I think you willo also love Enchanment Emporium!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Found a new author (ok only new to me) and in love!!!!

    Love this book can't wait to read more!

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    eager for more

    eager for more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Great read!

    Make sure you pay attention from the beginning because there is a lot going on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Good humor fun with romance

    Enjoyable

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Escapist fun, eh?

    Sign me up for the next book! Reminds me of DeLint a little.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

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    Loved It

    I haven't read Huff's books for a while and thought I would try her again. I'm glad I did. This book has everything: humor, suspense, and lots of fun.
    I'll be looking for the next one.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

    Excellent read

    This was purchased as a travel book since I have read Tanya Huff before. I finished it the same day since it was such a good read. I did miss having background on how the witches got their skills. Alysha's brother David ended up playing a major unexplained part at the end. I do hope this is book 1 of a series.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    EHCOES OF THE 'SUMMON THE KEEPER' SERIES

    I've read nearly all of Tanya Huff's books and although some are better than others, all of them are very good fantasy reads. She has a great sense of humor and writes her characters with effortless dialog. That said, I was surprised to feel that I was slightly disappointed in The Enchantment Emporium. It's a good story, but I kept feeling that I was reading the second book in a series; that I had missed a couple chapters of character explanation. If I hadn't read deLint's Greenmantle or read stories of the Green Man, parts of the story would have baffled me. Ms. Huff sets up the ending for a sequel, which I would buy without hesitation. If you are a Huff fan already, you'll be satisfied with Enchantment Emporium, if only because good contemporary urban fantasy is a gift to the reader. But.........if you are just starting out reading fantasy or Tanya Huff's books, read Summon the Keeper or the Blood Books first.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

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    Another Great Book from Tanya Huff!

    This was a great new book from Ms. Huff. I have read just about all her series from space science fiction to "urban fantasy". Her strong female characters and exciting and original plot lines keep me coming back for more. This most recent foray into urban fantasy hits a home run. The relationship between family members is to say the least 'non-traditional'. I hope we get to read more about the Calgary branch of the Gale family.

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

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    Ms. Huff is at the top of her game with this thrilling winner.

    The Gale brood can be called witches, but actually are something much more. Their magic spells come in the form of charms and are so powerful they can change future events events. The Aunties run the family, but the Cousins allow them their belief but not the control. -----------------

    After Alysha Gale loses her research grant, she is at loose ends while wishing to escape from her Aunties who demand control of her life. When her Gran writes her informing her she is dead and that she bequeathed her junk store The Enchantment Emporium, Alysha travels to Calgary to look at the shop. The first person she meets in the store is Joe the Leprechaun. She soon is stalked by an assassin who is blood bonded to a sorcerer (evil witch). Alysha concludes the shop services the local fey community. SWhen Alysha learns just how much trouble is brewing in Calgary, even calling in the family to help may not be enough to save the day. Graham the assassin is assigned to keep Alysha out of his master's business, but his feelings for her are that of man towards the woman he cherishes. She feels the same way about her him. However he has a task to kill whatever crosses through the portal and Aly stops him from completing his mission. She must deal with the sorcerer while he must deal with what his love for Aly will do to him.-------------

    Tanya Huff has writeen a fantastic urban fantasy reminiscent of her Keeper's Chronicles. The support cast is great; one of the best in recent memory, as they are quirky yet deadly and determined to save the world. There are plenty of surprising spins in THE ENCHANTMENT EMPORIUM that explain why witches and sorceresses fight to the death when they meet. The lead couple holds all this together as they struggle with a forbidden love at a time of pandemic crisis. Ms. Huff is at the top of her game with this thrilling winner.------------

    Harriet Klausner

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    Posted October 4, 2010

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