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Enchantress: Evermen Saga, Book 1 | [James Maxwell]

Enchantress: Evermen Saga, Book 1

Ella and her brother, Miro, are orphans, their parents killed long ago in the ongoing struggle against the mad Emperor. From the day Ella witnesses an enchanter using his talents to save Miro from drowning, she knows what she wants to be. But the elite Academy of Enchanters expects tuition fees and knowledge. Determined, Ella sells flowers and studies every book she can. Meanwhile, Miro dreams of becoming one of the world's finest swordsmen, wielding his nation's powerful enchanted weapons in defense of his homeland.
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Publisher's Summary

The first book in the epic Evermen Saga.

Ella and her brother, Miro, are orphans, their parents killed long ago in the ongoing struggle against the mad Emperor.

From the day Ella witnesses an enchanter using his talents to save Miro from drowning, she knows what she wants to be. But the elite Academy of Enchanters expects tuition fees and knowledge. Determined, Ella sells flowers and studies every book she can. Meanwhile, Miro dreams of becoming one of the world's finest swordsmen, wielding his nation's powerful enchanted weapons in defense of his homeland.

A dark force rises in the east, conquering all in its path, and Miro leaves for the front. When the void Miro left is filled by Killian, a charming stranger from another land, Ella finds herself in love. But Killian has a secret, and Ella's actions will determine the fate of her brother, her homeland, and the world.

©2014 James Maxwell (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 10-13-14
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 10-13-14 Member Since 2008

    I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

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    "Just missing some spark or link to me"

    Nothing is really wrong with this book- the plot is predicable but not too baddly; the characters are reasonable and the magic system has a some level of logic (for whatever that worth). I even wanted to know how the author would unfold the story yet nothing really made me enter the world. IT was just a story. I think another might enjoy it yet it had no link to me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hlambase Perth, Australia 08-24-14
    Hlambase Perth, Australia 08-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good but ...."

    this a really good book with great imagery and action and a little romance too. The only thing i didn't like about it is the story had a harry potter/young adult book feel to it but its not for kids because there are some pretty descriptive sex scenes in the book. Other than that its ok. Enjoy

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    odin Bellingham, WA, United States 01-26-15
    odin Bellingham, WA, United States 01-26-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Sufficiently advanced technology ...."

    TLDR: story very good even for hard Sci-Fi lovers, reader spectacular.

    I'm usually a hard Sci-fi/historical fiction type person. I chose this book based about 90% on the fact that Simon Vance is the reader, and his treatment of the Aubrey-Maturin series was perfect -- he's a great reader.

    I'm usually not into fantasy, though like many, my introduction to Sci-Fi was via fantasy (LOTR). As it turned out, the story was great and the "magic" used here, seems much less like magic and much more like some strange technology left behind by alien visitors. There were some things I think that fell together a little too conveniently, hence four rather than five stars for the story, but I'm already downloading the second book in the series as I type this. It was a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Bartholomew Nebraska, USA 01-09-15
    Lisa Bartholomew Nebraska, USA 01-09-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Solid beginning to the series"

    A good groundwork for a new series. Enough novelty in the magic system to be intriguing. Characters are a little shallow, but likeable. Hopefully they will gain more depth in the other books. I will continue reading the series to find out!

    Well narrated, discernable characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 08-20-14
    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 08-20-14
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    "Absolutely fantastic! Action all the way."
    Where does Enchantress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rank among my Top 10 List! A must read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Enchantress?

    When Ella magicked a bridge across the waters so that the refugees and soldiers can cross back to their homeland and escape from their enemies. That was really FANTASTIC!


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have and I do like his voice. His performance of the different characters were perfect. The female voices were good too.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Evermen.


    Any additional comments?

    James Maxwell writes superbly and I hope there will be more books from him.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 09-08-14
    F3EN PERU, IN, United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.

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    "If a book could be a "chick flick""
    If you could sum up Enchantress in three words, what would they be?

    starts very slow.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miro, he steals the show.


    Any additional comments?

    over all this was a good story. It did drag a little. not sure if I will check out the next book.

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    brad 03-30-15
    brad 03-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "You won't miss your credit!"

    A great book hope the other two are just as good. Not as detailed as some writers like Brandon Sanderson. But I was very pleased in using my monthly credit on this book.

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    Erin C 03-11-15
    Erin C 03-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Too long and drawn out"

    I thought the book was too long and drawn out, but I did admire the authors writing style and imagination. I had to switch over to audio and listen in the car about half way through the book because reading it was taking way too long. I will not be getting the sequels. A much more condensed version would make the review jump to five-stars!

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    Linda 03-09-15
    Linda 03-09-15 Member Since 2015

    My reviews are rather simple but only because I want to convey my impressions of a story. I leave summaries to the publisher. LOVE Audible!

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    "Nice Surprise"

    This book was an enjoyable listen for sure. Simon Vance is one of my favourite narrators so I was happy with the telling of the story. I felt like I was on an adventure when I was listening so it was a nice surprise to find this series.
    Thanks for the recommendation Audible!

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    Hannah 03-04-15
    Hannah 03-04-15 Member Since 2015

    I'm an avid reader and a writer. Love living in the mountains of NC. I am a HeartLight Wedding officiant. I'm married for 38 yrs.

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    "relying on oil & technology vs. the natural world"
    What made the experience of listening to Enchantress the most enjoyable?

    The young woman who is the center of the story was a great character. All of the characters were well drawn and most were very likable or very despicable. Fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Enchantress?

    There were many. I lliked when Killian goes in and destroys the mechanisms with the wild animal woman on his heels.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Mirro


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A fantasy which eerily for tells where we as a planet could easily be heading.


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT!

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  • Aaron
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    "A good start to a good series"

    Enchantress is a book I saw rated very highly on both the internet and in real life. So naturally it had to go onto my listening list.

    To start with I had that dreadful feeling that, due to the main character having to go to college/university to learn to be an enchantress, it was going to be a Harry Potter style book. Thankfully, that wasn't the case as the whole learning to be an enchantress thing (despite the title of the book) doesn't actually take up too much time. It's one of those things that works better because it's almost been glossed over

    The system of magic in Enchantress is rather different to what most series offer. Instead of spells and fireballs Maxwell implies a far more delicate and subtle method to get much the same result. Very interesting magic system with a well thought out limitation that could see the entire system fail.

    Maxwell uses descriptive writing to bring you into the story and feel for his characters. At times you genuinely feel despair for Ella and I constantly found myself pulling for Miro (he was totally the star of the show for me).

    Enchantress is one of those books that doesn't seem to have a target market like other books do. Whereas some might aim for a male 19-30 demographic and others young women, this seems like it wants to be greedy and aims for both. I could be entirely wrong but it feels like Miro's parts are geared seriously towards men whereas Ella's have an almost 'chick-flick' feel to them. This is in no way a bad thing. It brings two halves perfectly together to make a wonderful whole.

    This is one of those books that will give you just enough story by the end of it to make you want to take a chance on the rest of the series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Good imaginative story"

    Well narrated, good story and I liked some characters and hated others, I cared. and am looking forward to the other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • P. S. Elliott
    Cheltenham, UK
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    "Enchanting characters"

    Loved it, can't wait to get going with the next part. Mixture of all you wish from a book, nail biting moments and rising excitement. I would most certainly recommend this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Loughlin
    Northern Ireland
    3/27/15
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    "new outlook on magical fantasy really enjoyed it"

    diffrent to other kinds of fantasy but the same wonderous battles of good and evil loved the evermen quotes! brilliant now for book 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    3/24/15
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    "Only sad to wait for the next one now!"

    A clever story that lulls you into your own assumptions only to surprise you at each turn. Well written and well narrated, would recommend to all fantasy lovers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damion
    3/7/15
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    "An Epic Tale"

    I loved this story, it moves along at a good pace.

    The narrator that's a good job at conveying the story.

    I can't wait for the next instalment as this has left me wanting more.

    I did this story five out of five!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • roy
    wilmslow, United Kingdom
    1/19/15
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    "purile rubbish"
    What would have made Enchantress better?

    Really disappointed at how poorly written in plot terms. No characters or storyline to exite any interest at all. Got through an hour before deciding that I just couldn't take any more.
    A complete waste of a credit....... I will be much more careful before selecting again.


    What will your next listen be?

    Not this author...


    What aspect of Simon Vance’s performance might you have changed?

    nothing. he was not the problem.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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