Could there be a more fitting title? I think not. I was completely enchanted with this story. It was this deep, thought provoking story that was told in such a vividly imaginative and unique way. I don’t know if this same story could have been told in a more traditional way and accomplished the same results.
I loved the things this story made me think about! Even more so if you go in knowing that while this may be fiction, this author has an intimate knowledge on the material here from work that she had done previously. After reading this I think it’s safe to say, I have a few misconceived notions in regard to the workings of a prison and the inhabitants in general. This was hard subject material to begin with, and even more difficult to make the reader stop and think about, and even sympathize with the unsavory characters in it.
I liked the connection that ALL these characters, the “bad”, the “good” had with each other, and I LOVED the way that they were all broken down to more than the labels of such. They were all in this enchanted place together, and there were reasons for that. There were things that tied all of these people together. Take away the labels, bad, good, mother, father, son, whatever….and what you’re left with is just a person. A human being, it’s one thing everyone has in common. Sometimes we forget that even the people who commit horrible crimes have a story to tell. This book tells this in the best way too, without excusing the awful actions, and just telling their stories. It’s oddly simple, and subtle, and beautifully done.
I could go on and on about this, but I refuse to ruin it for any future readers! I highly recommend this book! I hate to be overly vague here, but I think that this whole book was an experience and if I were to break it down and try and explain it, I just wouldn’t be doing this story the justice that it deserves. So I guess I’ll just say that I loved this! Honestly the only thing that made me give The Enchanted 4.5 rather than 5 stars was that it was a bit of a slow build. There was time taken in getting to the real “meat” of the story. BUT I can absolutely say that the pay out was worth the wait, well worth it.