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Buy the book: Orson Scott Card. Enchantment

Release Date: 06 April, 1999

Edition: Hardcover


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Buy the book: Orson Scott Card. Enchantment

Enchantment really was enchanting...

I fell in love with Card's books a few years ago when my English teacher forced us to read Ender's Game. I loathed science fiction and fantasy until I opened that book, and I've been hooked ever since. I ran across Enchantment at the library, and thought "He couldn't possibly have made the story of sleeping beauty any less boring than it was when I was little." I checked it out anyway, and I'm glad I did. There are so many twists and turns in Enchantment. Every page has a new surprise. And, just as with the Ender saga, I found myself attached to the characters, praying for them as if my little hopes would change the words on the page...and crying when things went well for them or when they weren't so lucky. If my grandmother had told fairy tales like this, I would never have gone to sleep. I've read for two days, barely stopping to eat. I'm glad I'm finished and can return to reality, but I can't help but wish there was just one more page.


Card's fairy tale

As soon as young Vanya (later Ivan) runs in panic from the mohel at his house, I knew this was going to be an interesting tale. Card has once again captured my imagination and forced me to lose sleep in order to quickly finish another of his books.

After so many reviews here, I'll skip the plot summary. This myth turned fairy tale turned fantasy is a wonderfully written, captivating story combining various cultural myths with some more familiar modern-day fairy tales. The adult Ivan returns to a mystical spot from his childhood and ends up fighting a battle and finding himself transported back in time to a most magical and dangerous place. I absolutely love the fact that Ivan's damsel in distress is far from the simpering weakling most often depicted in "real" fairy tales and is instead an intelligent, assertive, and independent young woman. It is also refreshing that this is not a love-at-first-sight sort of tale. Card is a genius when it comes to creating complex characters who always have more to offer than they first appear. I found myself absolutely lost in this story, and there was no way I could put it down until the last word. This is certainly a treat for all Card fans although it is quite a departure from his more popular science fiction. To borrow from a much-used description, this story is downright enchanting. Devoted fans and those who are new to Card's writing will all enjoy this tale.

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