I don’t want to do this, I really don’t. I was doing so well, too – actually finishing each book and liking the story, at least, despite some annoyances. It pains me so much to do this, especially since I know the author can actually generate good stuff, but this was just, oh, so poorly written. (*Deep breath*) Here goes.
Enchantress by James Maxwell is the first book in The Evermen Saga. The little that I read focused on a poor orphan young lady, Ella, who works as hard as she can to join the ranks of students in the Enchanter Academy (I think that’s what Maxwell called it, I’m a little fuzzy on that little detail). Ella also has an older brother, Miro, who is training to be a soldier. …I don’t really know much beyond that, though I did skim some of the final chapters. Naturally, I have no idea how the plot ended up there, but the writing does not at all get better by the end.
And, you know what, there really is some emotional connection to the main characters. Ella seems like a sweet person who Maxwell tries to portray as intelligent, but that doesn’t come off very well. I tried, I really tried to relate to these characters, but it was like trying to grasp a ray of light – I know there’s something there, but I can’t quite get a hold of it.
The premise of the story looks interesting, it really does, but the writing was just so muddled. I was confused about what was happening and there would be a random time skip of a year between chapters which would’ve been fine, but it felt way too early for that kind of thing in the story. Not to mention that there was a flashback in the prologue! Who does that?!
I think Maxwell was doing third-person omniscient by changing perspectives from one chapter to the next, but I’m not entirely sure. Honestly, the enjoyment of this book may come down to personal taste of writing style – someone out there would probably really enjoy this book.
I don’t recommend this series. It is so painfully obvious that this was a first novel. I do, however, recommend this author. His current series, The Shifting Tides, is actually pretty good – I’ve even beta read one of them. Just skip The Evermen Saga, but go ahead and give this self-published author a chance.
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