Enchanted No More (Mystic Circle Series #1)

Enchanted No More (Mystic Circle Series #1)

by Robin D. Owens
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Enchanted No More (Mystic Circle Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
alexia561 More than 1 year ago
Robin D. Owens is one of my favorite authors and as I absolutely love her Summoning series, was very excited to see that she is starting a brand new series! Despite what I thought was a slow start, the story soon picked up and really sucked me in! Jenni is a halfling; half human, quarter djinn, quarter elf. Her family was the only family capable of balancing the elements; adjusting Earth, Air, Fire, and Water into a perfect balance. Fifteen years ago, most of them perished in an ambush by the Dark Ones while opening a portal for the Eight (rulers of Lightfolk). A horrible massacre where Jenni and her oldest brother were the only survivors. So when the Eight send word that they need her help once more, Jenni declines. Unfortunately, she is soon forced to help when her crippled brother disappears while trying to fulfill the mission on his own. This is listed as book one, so the slow start may have been due to setting up the series groundwork. Jenni is a magical being, who has turned her back on her heritage and is living in the human world. Jenni is soon dragged back into the faery world, and must deal with her grief at losing her family, her distrust of the Eight, and her feelings for her ex-lover. All that on top of rescuing her brother and completing her mission. Jenni may have "issues" with authority, guilt about failing her family, and lingering angst over Aric's betrayal, but she is not a stupid woman. She understands that she really has no choice about the mission, so makes the best of things and tries to negotiate the best terms for her and her brother. Despite being disowned by Rothly, she still cares for the last remaining member of her family and only wants what's best for him. She is a passionate, caring, talented heroine that I wanted to get to know better. Think this will be another great series for Robin, as I really liked Jenni, Aric, the brownies who moved in with Jenni, and the various halflings she befriends! An interesting plot, well paced action, good character development, and even the bad guys were interesting! Robin has another winner on her hands!
Arkali More than 1 year ago
You know how sometimes you just get this feeling when you start a new book that it's going to be great? I knew before the end of the first chapter that Enchanted No More was a book that I was going to fall in love with, and I was not disappointed. Robin Owens does a fantastic job of building a world filled with dark fae, light fae, and the constant press of technology. The world building that takes place in Enchanted no more is absolutely fantastic. It's not often that you really see a new spin on the world of the fae, but you will here. I absolutely love the way the fairie world is divided up by elements - water, air, earth and fire. The various people of the world are governed by their elements, as well. The dwarf king, the eldest of The Eight, even has a gravelly sounding voice. Queen Emberdrake, a djinn female ruled by fire, has mannerisms and looks that all are tied into her element. There are also the treefolk-dryads and such-and they, too, have characteristics that reflect their element, that is, trees and wood. It's very well done and just makes for a fascinating setting. Jenni has a lot of issues going on. First and foremost is guilt. She blames herself primarily for the catastrophe that left her alone. She doesn't stop there, though. She heaps a huge helping upon Aric and also The Eight. She doesn't want to help them, she doesn't want to have anything to do with them. Even when she's trying to save Rothly, she is still caught up in her self-loathing and distrust. That's a huge obstacle for her to overcome. Aric has changed a lot, too. He realizes that the fault doesn't lie with him and Jenni, but he still mourns for his friends. Meanwhile, there is still the little matter of the quest. Ever so often, bubbles of elemental energy are released into the world, and this treasure can be used for good or ill depending on who shapes the energy. The Lightfolk want to use it to help their people survive and integrate with the human world so they aren't wiped out, and the Dark want to use it to sow chaos and destruction. Determined to use this rare miracle for the Lightfolk, Jenni has to battle not just the evil Darklords but also her own emotions which have kept her shackled for fifteen years. Jenni does a lot of growing during the story. I got the sense that Aric had also grown a lot, but most of his maturation had occurred while he and Jenni were estranged. No longer kids, Jenni and Aric are really good together. They help each other through physical danger but also along the path of emotional healing. I think my only complaint on this book was that there wasn't any sex. Well, it's alluded to, but for the most part, once they get past the kissing stage, it's closed-door. Usually that doesn't bother me one way or the other as I'm more about the story. In this case, though, these two were just so good together that I wouldn't have minded playing the part of a voyeur for a few pages. Actually, I did just think of another issue I had with the book-they lied on the title. Forever Enchanted or Completely Enchanted would be a much better reflection of how this story left me. Great world building combined with believable characters, an exciting plot and a captivating romance kept me hooked from the first page to the last.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Over fifteen years ago during a magic ritual, Jindesfarne "Jenni" Mistweaver lost her family due to a deadly assault. Since the tragedy that traumatized her, Jenni, overwhelmed by survivor guilt, has buried herself among the humans planning to one day die amongst the mortals. However, Drifmar the Lightfolk dwarf arrives at her porch in Denver to inform her that we have problems; she responds you have problems as her family died saving the Lightfolk when Jenni and brother Rothly survived but he blamed herand jenni elt the same way about the tragedy. Jenni makes Drifmar vanish, but the two brownies who accompanied him remain behind. Reluctantly, Jenni learns her sibling has vanished so to find him she accepts a quest that the faery folk demand she undergo if she wants her brother back alive. Her former lover Aric joins Jenni who soon finds she fights against evil that wants her soul. In this exciting mixed urban-quest fantasy, much of the action occurs on the other side where readers learn of a complicated caste system. The story line is fast-paced and the supernatural species seem real. Although understandably so with the family tragedy that occurred while performing their duty, Jenni whines a bit much (should have been in Green Bay where she could wear a cheesy hat), which in fairness comes across as genuine. Still overall aptly titled Enchanted No More is an enchanting quest fantasy. Harriet Klausner
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I am really not much of a fairy person, hence the 4 stars, but I have enjoyed all of the series that Robin Owens has written. So, I tried this. The characters have so much depth and the story line was so interesting that I will be waiting for all her books in this series, too!
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The world of magic and magical beings is quite interesting, and the main character is engaging. The story wanders between that really quite diverse, well imagined magical world and some rather silly romantic scenes. An OK way to pass some time in an airport or, as I did, on a treadmill.
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Very entertaining story! Robin D. Owens knows how to tell a tale and hook you from the beginning.
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