*I received The Rules of Enchantment in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*
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Published: August 2, 2020
Author: Wendy Tardieu
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.
Their story is equally sinister and sensual, a romantic dark fantasy adventure full of suspense and surprises.
Fans of Defended by Darkness by Terry Bolryder, A Torn Paige by L. Rose, Innocence by Dean Koontz, and The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith will love this fantasy romance.
You’ll love this book if you enjoy:
- Fantasy genres
- Erotic romance
- Adventure stories
- Paranormal romance
- Young adult fiction
- Gothic fiction
I made the mistake of judging this one by its cover. I wasn’t so sure I was going to enjoy as it did not capture my attention or excite me in anyway. It felt too cartoony, and to be completely honest, could’ve gone without her being nude.. but I digress. I put off reading it for about a month after having been reached out to by the publisher. And I horribly regret not diving in sooner.
The Rules of Enchantment is a slow burn with a compelling story line. Although it is an erotic romance, it is not too much or over done. I believe the first “scene” 😏 wasn’t til I had made it at least half way through.
I found it easy to relate to both Leith and Kyler. Both were troubled souls, for different although strikingly similar reasons. I do believe this helped draw the two together in the end.
Without spoiling too much, I can say everything is not as it seems. Neither character is who they believe themselves to be in the end. It wasn’t one where you knew how it was going to end and kind of rolled yours eyes whilst reading. I absolutely did not expect the ending, and it left me wanting more. The turns were unexpected, thrilling, and kept you on your toes.
My exact words to the publisher immediately after finishing, “…I just want you and everyone else to know that I AM NOT OKAY. I can’t believe that was the end. AND THAT ENDING. I need more. That wasn’t enough…..”
I would definitely be interested in continuing Leith and Kyler’s journey. I do feel the author left it open ended in a way.
Hands down, 5 stars.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★
About the Author:
Wendy Tardieu is a native Floridian, writer, and writing instructor. She studied Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Central Florida, and her writing has always been influenced by Victorian, Gothic, and Dystopian fiction. Her work reflects many genres at once, from humor to erotica, from literary to apocalyptic.
She works as an educator and learning support specialist helping students improve their writing. She is also the author of published articles for Smerconish.com and The Artifice. She writes about culture, teaching, literature, and films. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and three children. Tardieu is also a life-long superfan of The Legend of Zelda video game series.