Book Review: The Rules of Enchantment

Title: The Rules of Enchantment

Author: Wendy Tardieu

Pub. Date: August 2, 2020

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

When a Sorcerer and a Scribe Team Up to Fulfill an Ancient Prophecy, The Fate of The World Lies in Their Hands

In the mythical kingdom of Salyndria, an exiled sorcerer named Leith plots to overthrow the restrictions placed on the use of magic by the Academy. Suspecting the worst, the Academy sends a beautiful young scribe, Kyler, to be his apprentice and act as an unwitting spy.

Leith tries to drive her away by proving his reputation as a vicious and unforgiving master, but he soon discovers his new pupil is far more useful than she appears. As her charms and magical abilities become all too tempting for him to resist, the two join forces to fulfill a hidden prophecy that will grant them incredible power.

Together, the sorcerer and the scribe will change Salyndria’s history forever.

This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to TCK Publishing and the Author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this book. I thought the world was interesting, the characters engaging, and the writing was pretty strong.

The premise of this book is exactly what I’ve been craving and inhaling recently. So, I’m glad I enjoyed it. While this book had some really strong elements going for it – I wish it had been longer.

I say that, because I had such issues with the pacing. Everything happened in the book at breakneck pace, which left very, very little time for emotional attachments. With everything happening so quickly and swaths of time being glossed over, the emotional weights were missing. For me, this meant that the relationship between Leith and Kyler was lacking.

Individually I liked them – and I think with more time, they could have been incredibly deep and complex characters. But together, I just didn’t buy their relationship.

I also found the graphic sex scenes, just that, graphic. I didn’t really feel the connection between the two of them because of the lack of time spent getting to know them. They only have a handful of encounters before they give into temptation.

I will also say, that due to the breakneck speed, the ending felt really unsatisfying. Everything just happened so fast, I found it a little hard to follow.

Again, all my issues with this book stem from the sheer lack of time spent in the world and with the characters. This book is only 176 pages, and a lot of plot is packed into a very limited space. I don’t mean to be overly harsh, or even harsh at all. This book could have been a new favorite if there had just been more. While I definitely enjoyed it, I can’t help but wish that there had been more pages, more world building, emotional weights for characters…just more time with the plot in general.

Overall, I think this book has a lot of potential, and as it stands, it makes for an enjoyable read, especially if you want a short, fantasy with some spicier elements. I don’t think anyone can be fully disappointed with this book, especially if you’re like me and you’re absolute trash for books like this.

As an extra little bonus, TCK Publishing has offered 1 copy to me, to give away to you all!

To enter – the rules are simple.

  1. Comment on this post with proof of following my blog – i.e. the name / email you used and tell me what you like most about Fantasy Romances.
  2. Winners will be announced on November 8, 2020 – they will be tagged in the post. I will be including a Google Form for the winners to fill out. I’ll be passing along the information to the publisher. More info to come in the Winner Announcement post.

That’s it! We’re keeping it simple. So, if this sounds like something you’d be interested in – feel free to enter!  

I also highly encourage you all to check out The Rules of Enchantment over on Amazon and over on Goodreads. And if you’re interested, feel free to check out Wendy Tardieu’s site – linked here. Thank you so much again, to TCK Publishing for the copy. I’m incredibly grateful!

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Rules of Enchantment

  1. I followed from twitter. I don’t have a favorite I watch Fantasy movies never read a book. But it’s not too late to venture into something new.

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