Mortal Enchantment

Mortal Enchantment

by Stacey O'Neale


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"Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed."
Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father-the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.

To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren't her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter's Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father's duties, which includes shifting control of the elements-power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she's about to uncover may cost her even more...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499372533
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads. You can also visit her blog at

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Mortal Enchantment 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BookNerd6603 More than 1 year ago
FIVE AIR ELEMENTAL STARS!!! Mortal Enchantment is the sequel to The Shadow Prince in The Mortal Enchantments series by Stacey O'Neale. Books should be read in order. Wow! Ever since I had read The Shadow Prince, I had been DYING to get my hands on Mortal Enchantment. I was so excited to meet Kalin's character and see more of Rowan and Marcus! Mortal Enchantment continues where The Shadow Prince left off. Kalin and Rowan meet after Kalin is almost killed by the fire elementals. As Rowan stays with Kalin to help keep her safe, Kalin is thrust into a new world full of new beginnings. She learns the truth about her father and about herself. Everything changes as she struggles to journey to the air court and claim her right as their princess. This book was absolutely AMAZING! It's action-packed with plot twists, adventure, and some romance as well! I loved everything about it!! The characters, the writing, and the development is just spectacular!! I read this book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down!! I recommended the Mortal Enchantment series to anyone who loves fantasy, adventure, and romance!! It is a definite must-read :)
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
From the minute I opened this book I was completely immersed and lost in it! Fast-paced story, intriguing characters, amazing world building and history - I wasn't able to read fast enough! And with each page, I wanted more and more of everything that was happening... Right from the start we get to meet Kalin, half mortal and a half air elemental, who has just turned of age and is going to Avalon to rule alongside her father in the air court. Although her father had tried to prepare Kalin for this new world, books and discussions could only teach her so much. Kalin is overly anxious to get this new part of her life started and decides to take matters into her own hands and begins her journey into the woods on her own... and of course, she is completely unprepared for the danger that is waiting for her in the forest. And even more unaware of the mysterious and haughty person who saves her, Rowan. Kalin has been kept in the dark about a lot of political things that have been happening in Avalon, and Rowan is not about to start giving her any lessons. But promises to help her, keep her safe, until they get to the castle. When they finally get there, Kalin's arrival is far less than pleasant. And her father, King Taron, is missing.  Kalin is completely lost when it comes to how the elementals handle these situations. They are harsh and quick to judge. But, she is determined to be heard and is prepared to do what she has to do to take matters into her own hands. It is her father's wish that Kalin rule in the future and she will do what she has to do to honor it. Even if that means stepping in, for now. With no allies, except for the mysterious Rowan. Kalin begins training to learn how to control her own powers as she struggles with who can she trust to help her do what she has to do until she finds her father. First, Kalin is quite the protagonist - she is fearless and determined. But, she is a bit too quick to jump into things and gives trust when she already knows that she should be questioning everyone's motives. No place is safe for her, she must learn how to use her powers and defend herself. Her father is missing, and her priority is to find him in any way that she can. And the only person she has been able to lean on is the ever so cryptic and egotistical, Rowan. She makes a whole lot of stupid mistakes. I cringed quite a few times. But, understandably, Kalin is just trying to do what she thinks is best in order to keep things in order while everything becomes more and more complicated. And then, there is Rowan. Rowan is so broken. After what he has gone through, he continues to do the right thing for Kalin. As things start to unfold and beome more complicated for him. He is still determined to help Kalin, find King Taron and put the elements back in order before a war ignites. Even though everyone is against him, and it is no longer his battle to fight, Rowan still cares about not only his people and Kalin, but the other elementals that involved as well... misunderstood and alone, Rowan struggles to keep his emotions in order whenever he's around Kalin. There is a lot to learn about this world, and I did learn a lot right alongside Kalin. The layout of their world, how their government works and who rules what with many, many details and history lessons - I was completely immersed into every single letter on the page. Every character is so memorable. Every little detail is so prominent and poignant. If it wasn't for the possible outbreak of war, I would love to visit Avalon... I wish there was a map to go along with the book... I highly recommend this book to all who are looking for a great fast-paced read; either those who love fantasy, or those that are looking for something a little bit different to dive into - this is definitely your kind of book to read right now!!! *An eARC was sent to me by the author for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I thought the whole premise behind this book/series was so intriguing! And after having read the prequel, The Shadow Prince, I knew that I had to keep reading to find out what happens next. Where The Shadow Prince is told in the point of view of Rowan, the sexy lead in this series, Mortal Enchantment is told in the point of view of Kalin Matthews, the princess of the air court. On the day where she is slated to move back to Avalon and rule with her father, elementals from the fire court are on the move and their sites are set on Kalin. Luckily for her, bad boy rogue, Rowan, saves the day and escorts her to her rightful place. Upon their arrival, they are told the terrible news that her father is missing, and no one knows where he could be. Of course, all eyes are on the fire court. But it also seems that Kalin is not as safe as she thought she would be back in Avalon. A target is on her back, and she’s been warned not to trust any of the elementals around her. On top of that, she finds out that she must learn how to use and harness her elemental power of air and thwart off the actions of the leader of the fire court, in order for the air court to have their time to rule. That doesn’t sound too bad, but unfortunately for Kalin, her past sixteen years were spent in the mortal realm where she did not learn how to use her magic. Again, Rowan comes to the rescue with a promise to help her learn and control her new found powers. But can Kalin trust a rogue member of the fire court who she knows in her heart, is hiding a dark secret…one that he seems to be struggling with internally. Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O’Neale is a fantastic story revolving around elemental mythology. It’s a story where readers will be easily captivated by the world created by Stacey O’Neale, and characters that you will definitely want to follow. What I loved the most about this book was the multiple twists and turns found in the book, especially near the end. It definitely had be admitting that I had zero idea that that was going to happen. The interaction between main characters Kalin and Rowan were cute and humorous at times. It was near impossible to not fall in love with these two. And the added bonus was watching their relationship build. It was sweet and endearing, especially after reading the prequel, The Shadow Prince. Reading the prequel really helps in understanding what exactly is going on with Rowan, and the horror that he had to go through. It explains a lot that is only barely touched in Mortal Enchantment, so I would totally recommend readers to check that short story out first before diving head first into book 1. Fans of books involving magic and elemental mythology will really enjoy the first installment in the Mortal Enchantment series by Stacey O’Neale. It’s action packed and riddled with humour and witty banter. A definite must for your TBR list.
In_Between_The_Pages More than 1 year ago
Ya'll!!!!! I have found a new love. Mortal Enchantment is by far one of my new favorite books. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but I must say that I was not disappointed. Stacey O'Neale wrote an incredible story and I am so happy I got the opportunity to read it. It is different, and has some some amazing characters. I am already jonesing to get my hands on book 2 hehe I was being so serious earlier when I said that this is one of my new favorite books. I picked this up, and just could not put it down till I was done. Which if I'm being really honest with you guys was in a day. Well technically two. I started reading it at night before bed until I was too tired to keep my eyes open and then finished it the following day. Mortal Enchantment is a breath of fresh air in a market over saturated with the same monotony. I loved the story of Elementals, and how they play a part in our world. It is something that I have only seen a few times in books (well not elementals but Wind Walkers instead) and even then this story was quite different from the those. The thing I probably enjoyed the most though about this book was the mystery in it. You are presented with the fact that Kalin's dad is missing, and well, things are going from bad to worse when a war starts brewing as well. This book will leave you on your toes the entire time, and keep you wondering who is betraying the Air Kingdom. I loved the characters in Mortal Enchantment. Kalin is the perfect heroin. She is strong willed and capable of standing up for herself. While never actually meeting her father face to face before she moved to Avalon she is determined to find him and keep his kingdom in one piece. She is sarcastic and funny, and just overall a well balanced character. I could easily see myself being friends with someone like her in real life.  We also have Rowan to talk about. The sexy with a bit of edge Fire Kingdom deserter who has been protecting Kalin. I am in love guys. Can I have one please please please hehe. While kind of a hard ass, Rowan wants only what is best for Kalin. He offers to teach her how to use her powers while still defending her from the people out to harm her. With his devilish smirk and hot body he has a way of drawling Kalin to him, but there is a dark side to him that he isn't willing to share. His past is complicated but his feelings for Kalin are anything but. He cares for her weather he wants to really admit it or not and will do anything to protect her, even if it means having to face said complicated past.  2 other characters I think ya'll will really like are Ariel and Marcus. Ariel is Kalin's right hand girl I guess you could say. She is there to help her become a proper princess and really is Kalin's only friend. The two girls make a great team and become quite close. She gives the story that little extra boost it needs to really show the depth of Kalin's character and add some light silly girlyness to the story. Marcus on the other hand is still a bit of a mystery. We don't really meet him till much later in the book, but do here about him. He is Rowan's best friend, but also there is more to who he is. (But I can't say, because I don't want to give anything away.) just wait you will see what I'm talking about. He is sweet and cares about his friends though, and will do all he can to defend them. His character gives you a bit of Rowans past life, and really ties the characters together in a way.  Overall I loved the characters Stacey created. They are multidimensional, and very relatable, once you get past all the magical stuff. I love their personalities and the fight they all have. And just so you know I totally claim Rowan as my new book boyfriend. All mine, no one else's haha (maybe I will share, if you give me books lol) Stacey created a beautiful world with Avalon. She has a way of writing that gives you so many detailed descriptions that you feel like you are walking right next to Kalin. It is one of those mythical places that not many think about. Her world is breathtaking, and full of amazing creatures. I really do love her creativity, and am so happy she decided to share this book with the world. *****I give this book 5 stars***** Also be sure to check out the prequel the Shadow Prince. It will explain why Rowan is the way he is, and give you a good glimpse into his past. I had the opportunity to read it as well and loved it too. *****I give The Shadow Prince 5 stars as well***** You guys be sure to look out for book 2 Fragile Reign which comes out November 18th. The story can only get better from here :) Thank you to Jenn Halligan for giving me the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, I loved the book.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible story filled with hope, sacrifice, and determination. It seriously has everything you could ask for – the ultimate sacrifice of one, a love that is true and pure, an unsure heart that surprises everyone, and a destiny that cannot be denied. What more could you possibly want?! I know I was captivated by the stunning depth of heart that fill these pages to overflowing. Even when things were at their worst, all was not lost. By focusing on what mattered the most, anything was possible. Kalin Matthew would seem your normal, everyday sixteen year old living with her mother, attending high school, and hanging out with her friends. You couldn’t be more wrong. She is a halfling, and her destiny is beyond anything that her human friends could ever imagine. Her journey is only beginning, and who she encounters on one fateful night will turn her world upside down for Rowan is not merely a heart-melting teenager. He is an elemental, and he will do everything he can to help Kalin achieve her potential. He knows what is at stake if she is to fail, and he will not let that happen if he has anything to say about it. Can Kalin trust him with her growing powers, or is it her heart that she is more afraid of losing to him? Allegiances will be put to the test, and friends will be discovered in the most unlikely of places. This is a journey that you will lose your heart to, so be prepared and be warned. The characters in this captivating tale will reach inside you and help you to discover a determination that you never knew existed. While the focus is on Kalin and her burgeoning powers and limitless potential, we see those that either rally alongside her or stand against her. Both help to mold and shape her her to become someone that she never knew she could be. What few allies she is able to find are worth more than all of the treasure in her world. They fuel her determination to fight when she would rather run and hide. They give her the strength she needs to push aside her mind-numbing fear and face the struggles and trials that lay before her. They fill her heart with love and hope when the emptiness inside her threatens to overtake her. They help to show her who she really is. I am thoroughly impressed with Stacey O’Neale. She has created an enthralling story that will capture your heart and never let go. The message that we hear whispered throughout is one of endless potential if we can only look past our fear. Once we conquer that which holds our heart in its cold clutches, we will find that nothing is out of the realm of possibilities. We can be more then we have allowed ourselves to become if we will only take that first important step toward the mysterious yet promising unknown. I can’t wait to see how Kalin changes even more as this story continues and we see how her world finally takes notice of her as she becomes who she was born to be.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
So, I read The Shadow Prince and became a shiny, new Stacey O’Neale fan, instantly! How to care for my newfound status? Read Mortal Enchantment, of course! Stacey O’Neale has created an amazing world that feels like I crossed a barrier between the reality of the human world and the fantasy and glamor of Avalon with its Fae courts, elemental powers, political power plays and intrigues. Kalin has reached the age when she is to live with her father in Avalon, after living 16 years in the human world with her mother. Being part Fae is not a shock to her, but finally being able to physically meet her father, after sharing dreams with him for years has her both excited and apprehensive. Coming into her powers as an elemental is a little awe-inspiring in itself, too bad her journey to Avalon becomes like a deadly omen of what she will find when she gets to court. Her father is missing, tempers are flaring and she may become a pawn in a deadly battle for the ultimate power over the elementals. Kalin is determined to find him, if no one else will. At her side is Rowan, an often abrasive, standoffish young man who is feared by some and looked down upon by others. He runs hot, he runs cold, he acts haughty, and he is warm and caring, talk about mixed signals! With no one to trust, deceit and danger all around in a strange new world, Kalin shows her mettle, but will she be strong enough to save her father and earn the respect of those around her? Step through the portal to Avalon and see the richness of nature in all of its magical glory where colors are more vivid, scents are more pure and the vastness and wonder of this world comes to life under the guidance of Stacey O’Neale’s imagination. Told from Kalin’s POV, each scene is filled with wonder and awe. Danger comes from unexpected places and first impressions made are not always the most flattering. Action, twists, political chaos and treachery abound and Ms. O’Neale has enough creative confidence in her characters to turn them loose and make their mark. A highly recommended YA fantasy read, no matter how old one is!
paisleymonday More than 1 year ago
Well that was a fun read :) I'm really glad I read the prequel novella first because it gave me more insight into Rowan. I understood his attitude in this book because of the novella. First, the positives. I really enjoyed the two main characters, Kalin & Rowan. Their interactions were fun and flirty and the dialogue was great, which is very important to me. If dialogue doesn't feel real or doesn't feel how people really talk to each other, then it doesn't work for me. I liked, not loved, their relationship. I found myself wanting more from it. I'm trying not to be too specific because I usually, unintentionally but inevitably, give something away ;) I loved the premise of the book. I'm always up for anything Fae, and the elemental aspect was right up my alley. The world building was good (more on that later) and I could really picture most everything the author was describing. The politics and strife between the courts was well done. I really liked the authors writing style, she knows how to make characters relatable & you could tell a lot of heart & soul was poured into this story and these characters. She made me want to know what happens next, so of course I can't wait for the next installment :) Ok, now on to the less positive. I felt that the story, as a whole, was a bit rushed. Like I said above, the world building was good, but I would've liked even more detail. When they're on the beach, I want to feel the sand between my toes and the sun beating down on me. When the wind is blowing up a storm, I need to feel it. I felt like there needed to be more character development, as well. I would've loved to get to know Kalin even more. Most of the time, her reactions to this world that was totally new to her were spot on, but occasionally, it didn't ring true for me. Kalin & Rowan's relationship also felt rushed. Getting from point A to point B in a relationship needs to be a curved and crooked path, not a straight line, and I felt it was a bit straight here. But it was still yummtastic ;) Having said all that, I very much enjoyed this book, it was a fast, fun read and I'd recommend it to anyone who loves a good YA fantasy!
jenababy13 More than 1 year ago
First off, I absolutely adore this cover! Not only are the colors gorgeous, but so is that model and even though her hair isn't at red as I imagine Kalin's to be, that girl definitely looks fierce enough to be her. With Mortal Enchantment, I was excited to see how Stacey would take this one and switch view points from the pre-series novella, The Shadow Prince. The Shadow Prince was so full of action and had an awesome story line from a pretty sexy lead, and with Mortal Enchantment we get Kalin's view and let me tell you, it was just as exciting! Even though I was bummed to leave the head of the super yummy Rowan, I was excited to see from Kalin's view. It was awesome to learn the world of Avalon more as Kalin did, since she was truly experiencing it for the first time. With Kalin, I liked how she was innocent, but at the same time strong. Regardless of being in a new magical world, her concern is doing what needs to be done in order to save her father and I really liked that about her. Even though she had some displays of power and training, I hope we get to dive more into her power displays in future books. So, the sexy lovely boy that is by her side through this journey is the one and only Rowan, who I have already mentioned multiple times. There is a reason for that I promise. First, he has deep blue eyes and an eyebrow piercing... AN EYEBROW PIERCING... need I say more? Of course I will, Rowan also has one heck of a past and he is still strong as anything and I give him major props for that. I love him and Kalin together and I am only hoping for a HEA in their future. With Avalon, I adore anything having to do with elements or fae and I kind of feel like Stacey mixed the two and came out with a really awesome world building and concept. I especially liked the brief moment we get with the water court. It was really mysterious and how the kingdom/castle is set up seems to be amazingly awesome...I hope we get to see more of it in future books. With Mortal Enchantment, I adored how there was constant action and how everything I wanted from the first book was achieved and more. There were parts that made me so excited because after the novella, I hoped for them and other moments where I'm begging for them to be answered in future books. I honestly am loving this series and the world, and cannot wait to get more of Rowan and Kalin! Overall, fantastic magical story!