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Review: Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale

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Mortal Enchantment (Mortal Enchantment #1) by Stacey O'Neale
Publishers: Phoenix Reign Publishing
Published: May 20th, 2014
Pages: 230
“Mortal Enchantment spins a unique twist on elemental mythology. This series is not to be missed.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

In Kalin Matthew's world, elementals control the forces of nature. They are divided into four courts: air, woodland, fire, and water. At sixteen she will leave the life she's built with her mortal mother. Kalin will move to Avalon to rule with her father—the elemental king of the air court. Along the way, she's attacked by a fire court assassin and saved by Rowan, a swoon-worthy elemental with a questionable past.

Worst of all, she learns her father is missing.


To rescue him, Kalin will have to work with a judgmental council and a system of courts too busy accusing each other of deceit to actually be able to help her. But, they aren’t her biggest challenge. With the Midwinter’s Ball only five days away, Kalin must take over her father’s duties, which includes shifting control of the elements—power Kalin has yet to realize.

As Rowan attempts to train her, a war looms between the four courts. If Kalin fails, her father will die and the courts will fall, but the betrayal she’s about to uncover may cost her even more....




Thanks to the author for mailing me a paperback copy of the novel - it was so awesome to get some #bookmail!  The cover is really awesome. I like how the model and Kalin match up, since for some reason I find it way easier to connect with a character when I have an idea of what they look like - I think it makes them come to life a little more. I can totally see the castle in the back being the Air Court castle as well. The lightning is an awesome touch too because of Kalin's ability to make storms happen when her emotions are in turmoil.
And this novel had turmoil! The book starts off with Kalin about to go to the Air Court to live with her father the King of the Element of Air. She lived with her human mother until she was 16 and then her parent decided then she would live with her father.
Her mother keeps saying that she can't go with her, which is driving me nuts. I really want to know Kalin's parents history together.

However, on her way to get to her father, she was attacked and enter Rowan. If you had read the novella first, you knew he was going to show up, but if you're just reading this alone then it may have seemed a bit crazy for everyone to come at Kalin out of no where. I highly recommend reading the novella first - there is a LOT of background info that is great to know when reading this book.

When Kalin finally gets to the Air Court, we learn that her father has been captured and her and Rowan try to train to hone her powers so that she can be of some help to claim the air throne. The elements go through a power shift, and the Air court's time to reign is coming up  - but only if Kalin can prove that she has control over her powers.

This is quick paced, and I got through it in a few hours. I recommend it for anyone who wants to see some new takes on Elemental mythology, a snarky set of characters, and some humor.

Rowan is a decent enough character, but sometimes I feel like he's a little too cocky for his own good. Ah well, 4 Triquetras!


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