I imagine he knows magic, if he is reading books. The book itself doesn’t matter. It’s that he found another world in it.
Title: The Enchanted
Author: Rene Denfield
Page Count: 233 pages
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries magical visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs, with the devastating violence of prison life.
Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest, and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honour and corruption-ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.
The Enchanted was unlike anything I’ve read before. From the first page I had this feeling of walking through fog but at the same time clawing my way through the words. There was this contrast between horrifying topics with such luish beautiful writing that made such a unique experience.
With such a heavy plot – a death row prison through the mind of the disturbed – you might think the author is trying to throw her biases at you but that is definitely not the case. In fact, this story was a 360 degree look at the death penalty with one of the most beautiful writing I have seen.
This isn’t a book for everyone but it is a book that most people should read. The strange out of body feeling you experience is worth it. The author herself intertwines her own experiences working as an investigator on death row and I really think that had a huge impact on the book. You can see through the words that this has more to it than just a story. I don’t think I can re-read this book but it definitely has a home on my forever shelf.
If you’re fascinated by the macabre and enjoy reading about controversial topics you will enjoy The Enchanted.