Enchantment Hardcover – 1 Apr 1999
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"Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller . . . Enchantment is the ultimate proof."
"[A] MASTERPIECE OF THE FANTASTIC . . . THIS IS A NOVEL TO SAVOR . . . DELICIOUS."
--Rocky Mountain News
"Mixing magic and modernity, the acclaimed Orson Scott Card has woven threads of history, religion, and myth together into a convincing, time-hopping tale that is part love story, part adventure."
"CARD IS A POWERFUL STORYTELLER."
--Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
The moment young Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay as still as death--while a malevolent presence stirred in the hidden depths below.
Now, years later, Ivan is compelled to return. He finds the clearing just as he left it. This time he does not run . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But as usual, Card does much more than just tell a good story. His special attention to inner thoughts and struggles and the psychology of human relationships is masterful. In the course of telling his fairy tale, he shares numerous philosophical thoughts about literary theory, psychology, and religion.Read more ›
This is a truly wonderful book. I quickly found myself locked on the story, setting aside all other reading materials so I could devote all of my time to this book. The characters are interesting, and the storyline is gripping. The author does an excellent job of transporting the reader to another time and place. I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
Two things led me to buy the book: the intertwining of legend and time-travel. And my own romantic notions about Sleeping Beauty. Admittedly, I wished the two leads liked each other more from the beginning--it takes almost two hundred pages for them to be civil to each other. They suffer from misconceptions about what the other is thinking far too long. Once they "get together," the rest of the novel falls into place rather neatly. It might be the climax of the novel, but I wanted them to like each other a whole heckuva lot sooner.
There are long passages when the hero, Ivan, goes off into tangents of thought, which I actually liked, because they were grounded in reality. You'd think I would have had trouble bouncing back and forth through time over a thousand years, but I didn't--although I wish I knew some explanation other than "Magic" that made it all happen. This was my first time reading Card, and I'd read something else by him.
Yes, Card has written us a love story. However, "Enchantment" is not your everyday love story. It bridges across time, linking characters from the past to present. Card still has the amazing ablility to actually let the reader believe his story could really happen.
A fairy tale come true, is something every child dreams of. There are, of course, the moments of pure mayhem, that we all know could never happen, but smile to even THINK of it's possibilities. Couldn't you just imagine the look of the people when Baba Yaba enters the Princess's time in a 747?! I'm surprised half of them did not die of a heart attack.
The book is endearing, the characters are lovable, yet mystical, and as for the witch...you love to hate her. This is definitely a book worth reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book! A wonderful story with Very funny, but also has sympathetic real characters, especially the evil witch Baba Yaga.Published 5 months ago by sasha
An interesting retelling of the Sleeping Beauty and Baba Yaga fairy tales, set in modern day and 9th century Ukraine. Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2011 by H. M. Holt
This book has everything; fairytales with a modern twist, time travel, romance, magic, adventure... Overall a great read.Published on 12 April 2009 by Rubbah
This is simply a terrific book! A time traveling tale of adventure, magic, and romance, mixed in with the age old battle of good and evil, gives rise to a story that is totally... Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2008 by lawyeraau
I really enjoyed this novel. Having read Card's brilliant Ender and Shadow sagas, I wasn't expecting a "sleeping beauty" love story, but was pleasantly surprised of the excellent... Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2007 by B. Larsen
A classic story. Hero falls for a girl while embarking on a magnificent quest. A great romance for the literary set.Published on 26 Aug. 1999
One of the best books I had read in a long time. I was craving something different than what I normally read and this was certainly it. Very romantic!! Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 1999
Orson Scott Card knows how to bring all elements of a story together. And here, working from the legends of Russian and western European fairytales, he does an amazing job!Published on 17 Aug. 1999
This book is fantastic! It's unlike any other I've read. I reccomend it to any one that likes Sci-Fi, fantasy, action, romance, or just wants a good book.Published on 11 Aug. 1999