Fans of C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are sure to fall in love with Lia Davis’ latest fantasy romance novella, ROYAL ENCHANTMENT!
Book Title: ROYAL ENCHANTMENT
Author: Lia Davis
Series: Skeleton Key Book Series
Publisher: After Glows
Main Characters: Ava/Fin
Author’s Website: http://www.authorliadavis.com/
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.
Ava Green has made a name for herself in the real estate world by reconditioning old, historical homes with her partner and friend Jeff. But her newest project, a three-story Victorian in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, promises to be her biggest moneymaker yet. And one she’s undertaking on her own. During her first walk-through of the house, however, she discovers a locked door, and a skeleton key that seems to appear out of nowhere. Unlocking the door, she is transported to a mystical world of fae and mythickal creatures and meets the King of the Morna. The sovereign of the Dark Elves.
King Finn Sylcan has searched for the one who can bring the magick back to his world, Edra, for eons. An old prophecy told of a female of both Dark and Light elven descent, a hybrid both Calim and Morna. It is said she is the only one who can repair the damage the war between the Dark and Light kingdoms caused. But after searching for so long, Finn never dreamed that she’d just show up outside his palace walls. Or that she’d be his mate.
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About Lia Davis
In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.
While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time.
Lia’s favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. . She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers, but it’s her home and she loves it! Sign up for her newsletter, become a member of her fan club, and follow her on Twitter @NovelsByLia.
Read on for my review and a GIVEAWAY!
I admit I don’t read a lot of fantasy, but I have read many of the classics, and a few fantasy romances. Unfortunately, while the premise of this book looked interesting, it didn’t end up really doing it for me.
It seemed like ROYAL ENCHANTMENT was meant to be an epic fantasy, with a complicated mythology and history, and a cast of complicated characters with multi-layered relationships. There was the skeleton of an interesting, life-or-death conflict. Unfortunately, none of these things fully materialized. The execution of the plot was a bit thin, as if the author hurried through it, or was restricted so much on length, too many things fell by the wayside.
The writing wasn’t terrible, but I was struck by how quickly events began and ended. The characters had traits, but they were more told than demonstrated by their actions. I’m not a big fan of “they were destined lovers, so they fell in love the moment they met” stories, either. Maybe this is a fantasy trope that I’m not familiar with? Actually, it’s an unfortunate habit of many PNR/UF authors as well, and it turns me off as much then also.
Ava, the heroine, is entirely too sanguine about all of the extreme changes in her life. It takes a complete 180, throws everything she has ever believed into a blender and left her with something else entirely, but she barely seems to blink before she settles right in to her new “destiny.” Worse, her entire “real” life collapses at the beginning of the book, but she doesn’t seem to care. It reads like a deux ex machina meant only to conveniently leave Ava free to stay in the faerie world with no regrets.
This plot was meant for a much longer novel, not a novella. An entire war takes place in 54 pages, and the depth of the story and characters suffers for it. Like I said, it’s not a terrible piece, but it just didn’t work for me. I think that with more time and love put into a longer book, this could really be a nice fairy tale.
I’ve given ROYAL ENCHANTMENT 2.5 Batty Moons