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This is a combined review for Disenchanted & Co.
Book 1 (Parts 1 & 2). The publisher made an interesting decision to split the book into two parts, with respective publication dates in August and October of this year (2013). However, if you are faint of heart
, or simply do not enjoy a major cliffhanger I suggest either waiting for an October release and get both Parts then, or purchase a combined edition that will be available in early 2014.
Having said that, I must confess: Part 1, Her Ladyship’s Curse
did not leave much of an impression on me. I picked the book up based on a friend’s recommendation, and I am glad I did – as it was a very entertaining read overall. My expectations running high, I dug in and found myself often frustrated with the slow development. Only the last few chapters, the cliffhanger ending, and the knowledge that Part 2 awaited me next, kept me going. And what a turnaround it was! I flew through the pages of His Lordship Possessed
, impatient to find the key, a resolution, a happily ever after. Such a fast-paced read it was, especially in contrast to the previous one – day and night.
Overall, I think it was quite a unique story. Full of magic, spirits/ghosts, alternate world building, steampunk gadgetry and machinery, a collection of colorful characters, and even a bit of time-travel, it was quite an adventure, and at its forefront a feisty heroine.
Kit is a firecracker; she is ready to dive deep into the battle and is certainly not the sort to act a damsel in distress to wide disappointment of the men surrounding her, especially her nemesis, Lucien Dredmore, a man with a license to kill. He is dark, handsome, rich, and has quite an interest in Kit. As the clouds begin to thicken with mysteries, the two have to learn to work together to save the world and each other, but at what cost. Fortunately, there is turning back the time…
Jareth: “I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you!”