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Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite
Adrienne Morales is an enchantress in hiding from a dangerous cult. It would be easier if she could avoid all things magic related, but if she doesn’t release the magic that frequently gathers around her, it would drive her insane. Instead, she enchants useful and beneficial charms into the crafts she sells at Crafter’s Haven, a shop owned by Desmond Desoto. When a fire-breathing man, driven insane by the enchantments placed on him, rampages through Crafter’s Haven, Adrienne has no choice but to use her powers to stop the man. The ensuing battle not only reveals her true nature to Desmond, but his to her as well: Desmond is a Void, sworn to the Union that oversees and polices all supernatural beings.
I loved the magic system in Enchantress Undercover. While the idea of enchanting through a focus and channel is simple to understand, Spahn executes this concept in a unique way and includes nuances that add a level of intricacy to magic use. The balance created by a Void’s natural immunity to magic versus the magic energy magnetism of enchanters is clever, and the consequences of the Voids being placed in an authoritarian position feels as natural as the fact that having such political power has inevitably corrupted the Void Union. The romantic tension between Desmond and Adrienne is cute and enjoyable to read, albeit a little clichéd. The plot is somewhat predictable but entertaining nonetheless, and a surprise twist in the conclusion brings this enjoyable urban fantasy to a satisfying and thrilling close.