by Stacey O'Neale
My rating: 5 stars
Series: Mortal Enchantment - Book 1
Publication Date: May 5, 2014
Publisher: Phoenix Reign Publishing
Genre: Ya Fantasy
Print Length: 238 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.
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
Mortal Enchantment by Stacey O'Neale
My Rating: 5 Stars
So, I read The Shadow Prince and became a shiny, new Stacey O’Neale fan, instantly! How to care for my newfound status? Read Mortal Enchantment, of course! Stacey O’Neale has created an amazing world that feels like I crossed a barrier between the reality of the human world and the fantasy and glamor of Avalon with its Fae courts, elemental powers, political power plays and intrigues.
Kalin has reached the age when she is to live with her father in Avalon, after living 16 years in the human world with her mother. Being part Fae is not a shock to her, but finally being able to physically meet her father, after sharing dreams with him for years has her both excited and apprehensive. Coming into her powers as an elemental is a little awe-inspiring in itself, too bad her journey to Avalon becomes like a deadly omen of what she will find when she gets to court. Her father is missing, tempers are flaring and she may become a pawn in a deadly battle for the ultimate power over the elementals. Kalin is determined to find him, if no one else will. At her side is Rowan, an often abrasive, standoffish young man who is feared by some and looked down upon by others. He runs hot, he runs cold, he acts haughty, and he is warm and caring, talk about mixed signals! With no one to trust, deceit and danger all around in a strange new world, Kalin shows her mettle, but will she be strong enough to save her father and earn the respect of those around her?
Step through the portal to Avalon and see the richness of nature in all of its magical glory where colors are more vivid, scents are more pure and the vastness and wonder of this world comes to life under the guidance of Stacey O’Neale’s imagination. Told from Kalin’s POV, each scene is filled with wonder and awe. Danger comes from unexpected places and first impressions made are not always the most flattering. Action, twists, political chaos and treachery abound and Ms. O’Neale has enough creative confidence in her characters to turn them loose and make their mark. A highly recommended YA fantasy read, no matter how old one is!