Author: Janet Ursel
Genre: Christian fantasy
Page count and format: 428 pages, Ebook
Expected publication: July 14th 2015 by Vox Dei Publishing
Source: I received a free ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Blurb (from Goodreads):
In this Christian fantasy, one young wizard with a hunger for wisdom and some dangerous secrets finds himself pitted against another ready to reach for power with the darkest forces possible.
Wizards have never in the history of Coventree, renounced Wizardry. But Blayn Goodwin finds himself growing detached from the practice of Wizardry, even as he rises through the ranks to become the youngest member of the Supreme Council. He has lost interest in the usual gods in favor of a god without a name, not that he makes that fact public.
Edgar Savile has his own traitorous secrets and kidnaps Blayn’s eldest son to prevent Blayn from probing into them. Meanwhile the Supreme Wizard, suspicious of Edgar, sends Blayn to retrieve an ancient book from the Other World, hoping it will arm them against Edgar’s treachery.
What Blayn finds is not what anyone expects, and threatens to tear Coventree’s fraying system apart at the seams.
I was pretty intrigued by the blurb when I first received the request to review this book. I’m glad I said yes because I throughly enjoyed the novel.
Let’s delve right into the plot. It is beautifully woven. It actually combined of three generation. But it mainly focused on Blayn, the son of the wizard, Cedric Farnworth. Blayn is gifted with truesight, i.e. he can understand if someone is lying or withholding the truth. He also marries the woman he falls in love with but is forced to keep it a secret because the wizard world doesn’t believe in such things. Meanwhile, the black wizards from the North threaten to take over their lands by placing spies and working their black magic behind their backs. As a means to find help and to take care of the black wizard named Edgar, Blayn is sent on a mission to recover a book from the other world. When he finally studies the book, he discovers a God he never knew existed and his whole point of view changes about the world and everything.
The characters were uniquely fleshed out. I specially loved Blayn’s character. He is wise and always eager for more knowledge and when he brings out the book from the other world and starts reading it, he becomes really intrigued. I was actually pretty surprised because the book is actually the Bible. As he reads it, he becomes more confident in his view of only one God and pledges his life to spread this view.
In the first portion of the book I was quite confused that where it was actually going but as soon as Blayn finds out the truth about Edgar, it takes a particular direction.
The writing is smooth and easy to read but the pace is quite slow throughout the book. When it comes to a fantasy novel, I always love a fast-paced plot but this doesn’t happen here and because of that I sometimes got a bit bored.
Disenchanted shows us the the power of God and the love between God and humans which would always help to triumph over evil.
If you love Christian fantasy, then you should go for it.