Wicked Enchantment (Dark Magick Series #1)

Wicked Enchantment (Dark Magick Series #1)

by Anya Bast

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ISBN-13: 9780425232019
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Series: A Dark Magick Novel Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 737,384
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anya Bast lives in the country with her Belgian husband, their tornado toddler of a daughter, and more cats, dogs, and rabbits than is sane. Ever since she was a little girl, Anya has told stories (much to her mother's dismay). She's happy to finally be making a career out of it. A native of one of the colder states, she loves to ice skate and watch hockey. She has fascination for crows, ravens and birds of prey. She enjoys the study of Eastern philosophy, Celtic myth, dreaming, and shamanism and occasionally incorporates what she learns into her paranormal stories. She works part time as a data base editor and French translator.

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Wicked Enchantment (Dark Magick Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Seelie Summer Queen Caoilainn Muirgheal orders Aislinn Finvarra to serve as guide to Unseelie visitor, half-incubus Gabriel Mac Braire. The High Royal makes it clear to the unhappy Aislinn that Gabriel is to get the royal treatment as the Seelie queen mulls over granting him the asylum he has requested after he defected from the dark court. Aislinn distrusts Gabriel whom she believes has a secret agenda and who oozes sexual appeal every moment. She is also worried that he or others at court will realize she has Unseelie blood as her dark magick skills grow. However, worried about her Fae people caught between the Unseelie, the Phaendir Druids and the humans, Aislinn risks her life to find the three ancient bosca fadh artifacts that together make up the legendary Book of Bindings; the key to the Fae's freedom. Wicked Enchantment is a superb romantic fantasy starring a brave heroine whose bloodline is not totally Seelie pure and an Unseelie whose bloodline is too pure with the Dark Magick. Their relationship is filled with distrust and attraction that surprises him but not her as he is a half incubus. With a terrific late twist, sub-genre fans will relish this wickedly enchanting thriller Harriet Klausner
KellieRVA More than 1 year ago
This book was weighed down with odd names and explanations and seemed to go on and on. I found myself skimming instead of reading so I could be done with it sooner. I would not recommend this book.
nickeemattos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the very first paragraphs of any Anya Bast novel you instantly know that this is a writer who definitely enjoys what she does and excels at it. On all levels Bast delivers and Wicked Enchantment is no exception. From the first two pages I was chuckling knowing this book was going to be amazing. All the elements we have seen exhibited before in Karen Marie Moning, Laurell K. Hamilton, Richelle Mead and others who have penned novels about the Seelie Courts are evident, but like a master Bast recasts the tale and its lore and forges something fresh, white-hot, modern, and indelibly hers. The concept of the Fey, even both courts being held contained in Piefferburg is singular. Even the language, descriptions, characters, the history, the Fey religion, and that of the Phaendir are balanced just enough that they do not overpower the reader. Bast's rich textural world is easy to digest but no less riveting and original. The thread of romance is held the tautest and is never forgotten. That is what we have to come to expect of Bast. Exceptional imagination with a steamy set of characters. The tale of Aislinn and Gabriel is white-hot and drawn out, but Bast takes her time to tell the story and build a connection between these two. The unlikely relationship between an Unseelie incubi and a Seelie is the first hurdle to overcome but when Aislinn's lineage is called into question things get even more interesting. By the time you reach the end of the book you are craving more, and more will definitely come. With the fate of the Book of Bindings, and the two lost pieces of the puzzle still unfound, the future of Piefferburg is up in the air. Bast has a never-ending well in which to draw from for future sequels and ones that her fans will clamor for more. Cruel Enchantment, the sequel to Wicked looks to be released in September of this year. I cannot wait.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first book in Anya Bast's new Dark Magic series. The story is set in a world where are dark(Unseelie)and a light (rose- Seelie) towers are ran by their respective king and queen, near in proximity to each other but worlds away in politics and beliefs. The Rose tower is the light fae, ran by a Queen whose entire kingdom focuses only on social aspects. Few of these fae are magically inclined and if they are it is frowned upon. The dark tower is run by a King who encourages magical skills from birth. The Rose Tower and the Dark Tower's inhabitants don't communicate or run in the same circles. Each tower kind of keeps to itself. Both the light and dark fae are kept apart from the rest of the world by magical boundaries, put in place by there by a group of druids called the Phaendir. They are distantly related to the fae themselves but 'beat' that part out of themselves. This first installment revolves around a Seelie woman named Aislinn who is given a task by her Queen. She is to host Gabriel, a man from the dark tower who is hoping to change to the Seelie rule. Gabriel, of course, has an agenda of his own. He is an incubus and is supposed to woo Aislinn over to the dark tower, per the command of his King. Gabriel doesn't know why exactly the King wants her but doesn't believe he means any harm. Aislinn actually has magical powers, she can see and speak with the dead. This is her greatest secret because in her society, it is a terrible thing. Gabriel too has magic pertaining to the dead. He is the Lord of the Wild Hunt which collects the souls of the day's deceased each night. I was impressed by "Wicked Enchantment" because of its strong and intriguing world. The fae politics are amazing and Bast's story is well thought out and delivered upon. If you cut out the romance, this story would be classified as urban fantasy. Which brings me to the negative, and why the book is a four star in my opinion. I like romance, but I found this book had way too many sex scenes. After the first one, each scene read the same way. I found myself skimming pages of the romantic stuff, and I never do that. The actual romance was well done, I could totally believe in Gabriel and Aislinn's love for each other. If the book had 1/2 of the sex scenes in this book, I think it would have been even stronger. Overall the story was amazing and I fully intend to revisit it when the next installment comes out in September.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyAfter being blown away by CRUEL ENCHANTMENT (the second book in this series) it was only a matter of time before I devoured WICKED ENCHANTMENT. Fortunately the Dark Magick series features a different couple each time so it didn¿t matter too much that I read this series backwards (and I¿ll soon be reading the prequel story found in the anthology HOT FOR THE HOLIDAYS). Like the sequel, this book is dangerously good, with multiple plot lines that all support and complement each other. If you¿re craving an dark paranormal romance that¿s hot enough to burn your fingers, look no further than WICKED ENCHANTMENT. Centuries ago, the humans, aided by the nefarious religious group of druids known as the Phaendir, rounded up all the world¿s fae and imprisoned them in a enchanted city known as Piefferburg. Within the city, the fae are divided up into two kingdoms: The Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Deeply suspicious of each other, the two courts rarely mix which is why Seelie fae Aislinn is wary when the incubus Unseelie fae Gabriel shows up and expresses his desire to, among other things, defect to the Seelie Court. As the titles in this series suggests, many of the fae in the Dark Magick books are wicked, cruel, and dark in turn, and half the fun of WICKED ENCHANTMENT is trying to ascertain exactly what everyone¿s motives are. I appreciated that WICKED ENCHANTMENT didn¿t waste time keeping the couple estranged over simple misunderstandings that could be resolved in a few words, rather the obstacles between Aislinn and Gabriel are not so easily dismissed. For example, as an incubi, Gabriel is know to enslave women through his touch, something Aislinn isn¿t willing to risk. And even though Gabriel is charming and attentive, Aislinn rightly suspects that he is concealing vital information from her. Their romance is hesitant and approached with the utmost caution. The result is an extremely satisfying slow and steady burn that gets quite hot. And in case you¿re not familiar with Anya Bast¿s writing, let me warn you that WICKED ENCHANTMENT is highly sexual and does contain plenty of explicit sex. I don¿t usually read super sensual books, but I think I¿ll be making an exception when it comes to this series as I¿m already spellbound. Anya Bast is quickly becoming a favorite author for me. Her writing is deeply sensual without neglecting the exhaustive world building that an urban fantasy fan like me craves. The second Dark Magic book, CRUEL ENCHANTMENT is available now and the hotly anticipated third book, DARK ENCHANTMENT, is due out April 5, 2010Sexual Content: Several graphic sex scenes.
FantasyDreamer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wicked Enchantment was an entertaining and fast read revolving around the fae, the Seelie and the Unseelie. The whole setup in the world surrounding the fae was for the most part a typical fae fairy tale except the humans are aware of them and have the fae magically trapped in a city built for especially for them. The excitement in the story was the twists and turns that Anya Bast mixed in throughout the story that kept it entertaining, and the colorful characters. Oh, and I loved the build up in passion between Gabriel and Aislinn, I was completely pulled into their romance. Very steamy!I'll definitely by reading the next book in this series Cruel Enchantment.
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I love love loved it! I could not put it down. If you like books about the Fae this series is a great read!
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Not a bad read.
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