- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 560 KB
- Print Length: 118 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Aädenian Ink (29 Oct. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GBGU69C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,656,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Encante tells a story of freedom, racial discrimination, love and friendship in a steampunk guise. I found the writing to be reminiscent of H.G Wells in style, but with a modern feel that had a certain urgency to the pace. I found myself reading page after page long after I should have finished for the night.
The first of a planned series in The Fifteen Solars, this author is definitely someone to watch.
The use of voice and language really brought the novella to life. I did like the plot, but I suspect I would have skimmed had the voice had been so...facetious, I suppose. I could relate to Simeon's tight, mannered personality.
There were bits that I found annoying, though. For instance, at the beginning, Simeon kept going back to thinking of the love interest as soon as she appeared. Not going three pages without his thoughts straying to Drusilla. To me, it was mildly annoying. I'm also not sure what I think about Drusilla's gift to read minds. It took a little fun out of the romance, since she was forever interrupting and second-guessing. And, yeah, it took me a little bit of time to adjust to that. On the other hand, I guess that's how Simeon was feeling. Good use of relatability.
However, by the end, I believed in their romance. I'm not sure if some would critique it for being 'instalove', but I didn't find that the case. Yes, the days flit by and there is very little time for pleasantry, acquaintances and getting-to-know, but The Narwhal submersible is a cramp place and proximity is going to affect the speed of attraction. Besides, Drusilla and Simeon evidently have that spark and connection and shared goals of travelling. I was surprised how readily Simeon actually abandoned thoughts of his fiancé, but I cannot say what I would do were I in his situation.
Certainly, it was a gripping tale that kept me turning pages for more. The beautiful, almost magical, world of The Narwhal and the ocean, filled with description is a stark contrast to the foul, derogatory actions within the ship's crew itself. I liked this Victorian feel to the class-system between the Encante and the humans, and it's definitely something that, once I realised how strong the themes are of class in the novella, I wanted to read more of.
In terms of originality, I loved the novella. The Encante themselves sound like gorgeous creatures, though I was a little sad that the scene on the cover comes from the penultimate chapter. At times, I felt the story dipped into telling, and, whilst the voice was distinct of Simeon and enjoyable, I would have preferred a good deal less of the 'seemed' and 'appeared' in the prose. The antagonists were strong and believable, but I wouldn't give full stars because of simply my subjective reaction to how high fantasy it was. However, it worked well on its own, and I would happily have read the novella without references to the conflict outside of the sea.
If you like the deep-sea side of the Steampunk aesthetic, like high fantasy in new worlds with new species, and enjoy a sustainable romance thread that doesn't claim the story, then Encante is a quick read with believable characters and engaging stakes.
(Full, rambly review at http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/review-of-encante-by-aiyana-jackson/)
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The story follows the fate of a rebel who travelled through portals to other planets until he lands on one and finds himself in dire straits until he is rescued by one of the encante. What he finds next is full of twists and turns. There is a feeling of pervasive, brooding evil in the seemingly welcoming environment. The suspense ratchets up as those of good intentions are threatened by those motivated by other goals.
My only complaint is that I could have easily read more for hours and hours. I shall be looking forward to the next book in the series. These characters are just too good not to continue.