September 3, 2013
Review: Alethea Kontis' ENCHANTED
Enchanted is a lighthearted frolic seen through the eyes of Sunday Woodcutter, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. In her world, magic is a familiar and accepted element of daily life. Everyone has their special talent and Sunday's happens to be storytelling.
This young adult novel is a colorful quilt of borrowed patches sewn together to create something new and fresh. There are beanstalks, frog princes, giants, spinning wheels, and SO many shoes! (I most appreciated the bit about sewing shadows, an unimportant piece of whimsy in Peter Pan, but given weight and meaning in Enchanted).
However, the story's charm doesn't stem from the author's skills in twisting fairytales, but instead from the lively cast of characters. Each member of Sunday's family and every friend of the prince has an intriguing backstory. The secondary characters keep up a rapid stream of witty banter, amusing both themselves and their readers. The novel could easily be read as a standalone novel, but is thankfully being turned into a series, which will explore the adventures of Sunday's sisters, who are just as interesting as she is.
If you do read Enchanted (which I do recommend), be on the lookout for Hero, book #2, coming out this October. I'm eagerly awaiting its arrival!