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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Disenchanted, book one in the Disenchanted series, is a work of fantasy fiction penned for young adults by author Brianna Sugalski. The work does include one non-graphic attempted sexual assault, but overall the reading experience is suitable for most readers on the YA spectrum. Set in a pseudo-historical period during the French Renaissance, we meet Lilac, who is a prisoner under her own parents’ decree because of a darkness that is revealed to be within her. So, when a mysterious witch invites Lilac to the forest Brocéliande with the promise of a cure that will lead to her freedom, the young lady cannot help but follow. What results is a marvelous and magical quest indeed.
I loved this book from cover to cover. Author Brianna Sugalski weaves a highly atmospheric tale with her many talents, not least of which is the elegance and mystery of a European fantasy setting, with its dark forests and royal politics brought into sharp reality by a keen mind. Lilac makes for a very affable heroine with whom one can sympathize, and I liked her more and more as she developed against the hardships of the real world when her adventure puts her under strain. I love tales where witches do not take the typical villain role, and there were some very clever subversions of fairy tale tropes woven into this story which made it refreshing yet enjoyably familiar at the same time. Overall, I would highly recommend Disenchanted to fantasy fans looking to begin a compelling new journey with an author to fall for.