Growing Disenchantments

Growing Disenchantments

by K. D. Berry


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ISBN-13: 9781927134795
Publisher: Bluewood Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 06/27/2012
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.83(d)

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Growing Disenchantments 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite How would a sorcerer punish a thief? Ganfrey was caught by Ragonnard when she broke into his mansion and attempted to steal some of his belongings. The anti-social Ragonnard, however, was willing to overlook her crime on one condition; steal a painting for him from King Credos’ palace. A suicidal task for a small thief, especially when the palace was guarded under the watchful eyes of Lautrec, a dedicated and no nonsense captain of the guards. A funny, fantasy tale of misadventures filled with clumsy thieving, sorcery, illusions and talking furniture – all due to one mysterious painting of a grumpy old man. Chapter one was a humorous start right away. The author successfully depicted the talking furniture in a casual, funny tone. My favorite character would be Ganfrey. I loved her tenacious and calm demeanor when she tried to talk herself out of trouble. There were more than one protagonist in the story, and all of them were very well-developed and memorable. The cheeky names of the characters, places and things – such as the Yellow Parchments, the fantasy version of Yellow Pages - made me smile. My only disappointment was that the cover could be better in compliance with the exceptionally well-crafted tale. Overall, "Growing Disenchantments" was the most enjoyable, casual and funny story in fantasy genre that I've read so far. I do wish that there will be more stories such as this one and hopefully they will be written by K.D. Berry.
theeternalscribe More than 1 year ago
Of all the books I've read of late, I don't think I've read one with a more misleading cover.  Upon first glance, this cover, which looks like it was made by a five year old, didn't leave the best taste in my mouth. When I got the request for a book review, I was certain I was in for a terrible book, one filled with grammatical mistakes, misspelled words, and weird formatting. Nothing was further from the truth.  Reading a sample of the book had me laughing and completely hooked.  I needed to get the rest of the book.  I was immediately enchanted by the poor sorcerer who got nagged by his furniture.  The king of the book was equally charming, even if a ruler would be a stretch of the term.  He was hilarious, brushing off any sense of duty like nothing at all.  He worries about nothing, allowing his advisor to manage every matter of state, completely unconcerned about anything, including the potential for disaster.  And the advisor with his complete and utter aversion to the word spying, even if it was exactly what he was doing... Looking back at my notes, half of them seem to be LOL or LMAO.  I made one comment about a Doctor Who moment.  The book is about time travel, to a certain extent, and I do so love my Doctor Who moments. I love how the thief in the story is always flinching because people around her, who don't know she's a thief keep making cracks about thieves. The book is one non-stop ridiculous laugh riot.  It's absurd, cute, and I couldn't put it down.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
GROWING DISENCHANTMENTS was a great story. Ragonnard, the sorcerer was search of a painting when he had a chance meeting with a thief that can help him reach his goals. This story had sorcerers, time travel, talking furniture and so much more. When I was reading this book it reminded me of a cross between Harry Potter and the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks, two of my favorite movies. If you are looking for something to read with a touch of humor this is your book. Recommended for all ages. This book was received for the purpose of an honest review. Rating 4.5 No heat rating Reviewed by Rae
LauralynnElliott More than 1 year ago
Just like in Dragons Away, this book is filled with fun characters. Drewdop, of course, returns along with King Credos (who is such a dingbat, LOL). We're introduced to a new set of characters. I won't go into a long synopsis since the other reviewers have already given a good idea of the story line. But I have to say, I really enjoyed the gargoyles. All the characters had their own little quirks. The light banter and goofy humor in this book makes it a really fun read. I would definitely read more if the series continues.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to see another installment of the Adventures of Drewdop. Okay that's not what it is but I do adore that character. He's an illusionist who is very smart, much smarter than the king, but he makes bad choices because he is still human. He gets himself into a real pickle in this one. Ragonnard isn't really an evil sorcerer he just wants this magical tool so bad that he makes the worst decisions. Even his furniture gives him grief about his lack of forethought and planning. Ganfrey helps him get the painting and then it all goes to hell. Silly Ragonnard! It's really quite the fantastical adventure! I love King Credos who is a bit if a bumbling idiot, but has such a good heart. Every time he throws a party it's not just for the rich people, he invites everyone in town, all his servants...he doesn't discriminate. I think it would be better to have a ruler like this than the ones who think only money matters. Of course it helps that he has such a good adviser in Drewdop. This book had quite the adventure, and you'll be hard pressed to put it down, especially toward the end. What really tickled me though was all the fairy tale spots. Like Ragonnard is the "Sorcerer's Apprentice", you know, the one with all the brooms? He made all of his things sentient, so they resembled Beauty and the Beast. The evil queen's magic mirror even made an appearance, and what an appearance! It wouldn't give Ragonnard any information until he said, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?" and then the Mirror answered back, "Why thou art, my queen." Ragonnard was very frustrated by that, but I was LMAO. They also had me using my dictionary in this book. Some words I've fallen in love with. Garde-robe, midden, alacrity and more. This is why I love my Kindle, just highlight a word to get the definition. Yes there are some big words, but it's a well written book, easy to follow and the story will suck you in. You will fall in love with all the characters, even Valesco, Drewdops demon-imp. I'll leave you with this quote that was describing Ragonnard and Drewdop: "Both of them knew they were being petty, knowledge that made them behave even worse."