Title: Mortal Enchantment
Author: Stacey O'Neale
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Mortal Enchantment, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review--thanks so much, Stacey!
Elementals. Elementals are one of my favorite sort of beings to read about. I mean, who hasn't dreamed of having dominion over the most powerful forces in nature? To own the waves of the ocean, to call upon the fire deep within the earth? Oh, I'm getting distracted. On to the review.
Mortal Enchantment picks up after the explosive climax of The Shadow Prince, this time turning to Kalin as the main character. On her birthday, she must go to Avalon to learn to use her gifts of elemental power--being the Air Court princess and all. But when she goes to Avalon, her father is missing. Forced to be completely on guard within a court full of secrets, intrigue, and clandestine power struggles, she also is distracted by the sexy Rowan, who seems to have his own motives for protecting her.
I'll start off with the things I enjoyed: I really liked the world-building. It was great, and I really enjoyed the way the faerie courts were structured--it still fit the world, but it was unique all at once. I liked the characters, too: Rowan, Kalin, and Marcus and Ariel were all relatable and well-nuanced. And the evil characters, too, which I won't name for spoiler reasons.
The pacing was awesome--once things started rolling, I couldn't put it down. I was completely glued to the pages, especially towards the end. There were things I didn't like, too, and that's why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars instead of 5: Kalin seemed really hormonal and boy-crazy toward Rowan, and their relationship seemed to evolve out of thin air. I would've liked to see them develop more, rather than Kalin lusting after him every two seconds.
And that ending--Oh my God! If I didn't have the third and last novel lined up, I would be dying! I'm so excited to read Fragile Reign! The bottom line: A fantastic sequel to The Shadow Prince, Mortal Enchantment was riveting--I loved it! Next on deck: Fragile Reign by Stacey O'Neale!