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I have never come across a book quite like this one before. The Enchanted
is a story as dark and ridden with despair as it is beautiful and
hopeful. Told by an anonymous inmate on death row, it allows us to peek
through a keyhole into the human soul. The narrator’s ability to portray
the prison as an enchanted place will alone plant a seed of awe in you.
The story revolves around York, a death row inmate whose execution day
is rapidly approaching. He’s appointed a public defender who is only
referred to as The Lady. York refuses his right to a public defender,
claiming he is ready for death. Plagued by the curious nature of his
request and her own troubled past, The Lady begins to dig into York’s
history.Read Jessica's full review!
“A death row inmate, a fallen priest, and the Lady. These nameless characters are central to this dark, enthralling, magical story. Locked in a dungeon cell, the inmate deals with his incarceration by transforming the prison into a wondrous place. The rumblings of the earth become golden horses running below his cell, molten lava flowing from their manes. The Lady works to have the sentences of the condemned commuted to life in prison while the priest is fallen, lost, and desperately in love with her. These characters live and work in a truly enchanted place, and I was sorry to leave them behind when the book was finished.”
— Jessie Martin, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.
"This is an enchanted place. Others don't see it, but I do." The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.
Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners' pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption--ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.
Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.