Enchantress Undercover by A.C. Spahn

Enchantress Undercover (Arcane Artisans, #1)Enchantress Undercover by A.C. Spahn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Sealook Press, and the author via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Adrienne Morales is an artist. She creates bespoke pieces of artwork for a number of clients and rents a space in Desmond Desoto’s shop Craft Haven. She is also an Enchantress. She can channel the magic of the Earth into any enchantment she wishes, and can put that enchantment into her craft pieces, any object that is compatible, or even people. That last one she refuses to do. She’s spent the last 7 years hiding from a cult that she escaped who were fleshwriters. Enchanters that willingly placed enchantments on people, whether those people were willing or not. She’s been minding her own business and quite enjoys the little life she has created for herself. Between bickering with her best friend Kendall, and daydreaming about what her and Desmond’s relationship COULD be. That all is thrown for a loop when an obviously enchanted and insane man barrels into the store breathing fire. A rogue enchantress is on the loose and is doing terrible, terrible things to unsuspecting people. The Void Union, the conglomerate in charge of overseeing the paranormal population around the world, are on the scene, and that’s not exactly what Adrienne was hoping for. She’s flown under the radar but now they know about her, and one specific Void Hunter has Adrienne pinned for the rogue enchantress. Now she must come out of hiding, face up to some truths, hope her cult doesn’t find her, keep the Void Union off her back, and stop a rogue enchantress from causing more harm. Nothing big.

I was pleasantly surprised at how fast paced this novel was. It didn’t seem like there was a LOT happening, don’t get me wrong, there’s stuff going on, but I was so shocked when I happened to see that I was already over half way through this book without realising it. It’s such an easy story to fall into and it’s a definite page turner for me.

I found the concept of Enchantresses brilliant. Essentially, any paranormal creature that currently exists can be traced back the Enchantress who created the enchantment to MAKE them that way. What an absolutely BRILLIANT concept. I’ve never come across it before and I absolutely LOVE it. I also loved that there are extremist groups in this. Adrienne’s cult is definitely one of them. And something about the term fleshwriter just makes me giddy. Not in a weird way, in a “what an awesome term for someone who does something SO terrible” way. It’s just a good term.

I found Adrienne’s character to be incredibly likeable, relatable and real. She was easy to connect to and was just a down to earth character for someone constantly in a battle with magic wanting to be channelled. There was no false bravado, just someone trying to do what they think is right to fix something that is wrong. And even though she came from a rough childhood, it didn’t turn her into a whiney, poor me, why me whingy McWhingepants, which I’ve come across sometimes in books, and it just grates on me. Spahn wrote Adrienne’s character wonderfully and I thoroughly enjoyed her. I loved Kendall and Desmond’s personalities as well, Kendall is the smartarse best friend who is always up to no good and Desmond is the love interest who hides how he really feels behind a smirk and bickering comments.

The story itself was well thought out. As said above, it was fast paced which for a story like this is fantastic. It really gave you the feeling of ‘time is running out’ and that is just amazing. I did not work out who the rogue enchantress was, I had a couple of possibilities but was pleasantly surprised when the big reveal happened. One Adrienne had worked it out, it clicked for me as well, which as you all know, I LOVE it when that happens. It sucks when you work it out before they do. The story tends to drag if it ends up that way.

The world building was done exceptionally well and there was no info dumping in sight. You were able to take in the make up and rules of the world without being completely bamboozaled with how it all works. I also love the underlying story that will obviously end up playing a big part through this series. The story of Adrienne’s past and the cult she’s been running from for the last 7 years. It’s going to be an amazing showdown I reckon, and I cannot WAIT to read about it.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. A. C. Spahn says:

    Thank you for reviewing!

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    1. Jess Smith says:

      Thank you for putting your story out into the world! It was wonderful 🙂 I can’t wait to read more!

      Liked by 1 person

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