Book Review: Curse Breaker: Enchanted

Curse Breaker: Enchanted

“A fall doesn’t break you.”

58th Curse Breaker: Enchanted by Melinda Kucsera

Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ (BEST, GREAT read!)

What is it about:  Secrets threaten, but magic kills.

Plagued by sanity-twisting magic, Sarn must unravel a deadly mystery. But he’s prevented at every turn because his life is not his own. Haunted by one of the victims, Sarn must find out what happened before the ghost drives him mad.    

As plans collide beneath ensorcelled boughs, one thing is certain. If Sarn can’t get his magic under control, he’ll never discover why enchanted trees committed murder. How far is he willing to go to find the answer?

The search might cost more than his sanity. Exposing the truth might claim his life and destroy the secrecy protecting his son from a killer. Something lurks in the enchanted forest and its sights are set on Sarn and the magic in his blood.  

First in a new series, Curse Breaker: Enchanted is a fast-paced, character-driven fantasy tale with a murderous twist. Sarn’s story unfolds over three action-packed days in his double life leading to a breathtaking finale.

What I Love:  This book is made of love. A kind of love which has transcended and was honed by time. A kind of love you will feel oozing out each and every beautifully-crafted line.

You will feel it as you read each chapter, as the characters were introduced, as the twists and turns were unveiled.

The plot, the setting, the characters are concrete. The descriptions are both enchanting and vivid. The big revelation caught me (pleasurably) off guard!

As a poetic fangirl, the internal rhymes and the haunting warnings written as poems are a true delight.

It is also no secret that I love Sarn, no matter how mad and insane he is, and his adorable son Ran. Their moments together in this book are almost always heart tugging.  This will lead me to my most loved part of this book….

It is indeed an epic fantasy, but it also captured both the beauty and the chaos of reality and humanity.

The struggle of a single father, the innocent love of a child, the hardships of someone illiterate, the depth of hurt of friendship betrayed, the injustices and so much more were all tackled in this novel.

It’s a lengthy read worth your time. And the cliffhanger ending will make you want to know more.

What I Don’t Love Much: This is about me and not about the author. I am not so fan of big words (because English is not actually my native tongue). For several times, I searched some words in the dictionary to be sure I got the meaning right. (facepalm)

Wise Words:  “People tended to give the religious and the crazies a wide berth. :

“A fall doesn’t break you.”

“We prevent the tragedies we can and mourn the ones we can’t. You have to let it go. Obsessing over what happened will drive you crazy, but it won’t bring them back. Nothing you do can bring them back. You can’t turn back time. You can’t undo yesterday or the day before. Let them go.”

Click to order Curse Breaker: Enchanted on Amazon Today!

Available in eBook (order now) and paperback (9.27.16), (audio edition – TBA)

About the author:

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Melinda Kucsera  the writer behind In Media Res.

By day, I’m a project manager for IT at the academic journal publisher, Mary Ann Liebert Inc. I support the websites for two trade journals: GEN and Clinical OMICs.

By night, I am posting to my website, MelindaKucsera.com, in memory of my sister. I am the author of the novella Stars and Angels Sing and the Curse Breaker Saga (get book 1, Curse Breaker: Enchanted from Amazon today).

I write serial adventure stories in high fantasy (or science fiction). The ongoing stories are:

  1. Quest 
  2. The Curse Breaker Saga
  3. Aerials
  4. (Re) Quest – a retelling of Quest
  5. The Lord of the Sea.

I also write short stories. Find them all here.

I have one story to tell about a place called Shayari and the people who live there.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo and Story Summary: Goodreads and Unsplash

Out-of-comfort-zone Books I Loved

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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


Surprises!

That is the main theme of  The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today.

February 23:  Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)

So here are the out-of-comfort-zone books that I truly enjoyed recently. 🙂

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

I am not into classics. But this one’s surely worth reading.

2. Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

This is my first read poetry book. I read it as I am getting addicted to writing my own poems. To say that I am crazy about this book and Lang Leav would be an understatement! 😀

3. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

A book I just read because I can’t sleep, I am surprised that I actually liked the brutality and the explicit language used in this book.

4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

Historical fiction, though I enjoyed some, is not actually my to-read genre. But this one is, for me, one of the best.

5. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

I am a certified Albom fan, so why the hell this book is here?

It’s because magic and fantasy isn’t my comfort zone. And to tell you honestly, I am quite anxious that I will not like this novel as much as I loved Tuesdays with Morrie and his other books. BUT! I am wrong! 😀

6. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

The Pelican Brief

Mystery and thrillers is my fave genre. But this came as a surprising hit for me as it is my first try for John Grisham. 🙂

7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

With its intimidating length and historical depth, I thought this book will bore me. But I was, again, wrong! This is insanely a great read!

8. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

Medical drama is a genre I haven’t tried until this novel. And with the courageous and eloquent storytelling of Lisa Genova, I may read some more medical drama. 🙂

Photo and link credit: Goodreads


That will be it for this week!

Have you read some of this books?

If not, what are the books that surprised you?

Let’s dicuss!

 

Classic Magic: Writing 101, Day 1

When your happy

with a job that isn’t worthy

It’s magic.

When your content

with a life without your consent

It’s magic.

When you wake up

and each morning’s a triumph

It’s magic.

When you love

and you’re loved back

It’s magic.

Yes, I guess,

every day’s a magic,

of the greatest magician, that’s classic.

©2015 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Bargain Moose


In response to Writing 101:

Day 1: Magic by @laduchessederat

It’s the end of the year. Nature is already entering its revolution phase: hibernation in the Northern Hemisphere, burning heat in the Southern. It’s the magic of life. Like Mother Nature, you too can give your life a new beginning. What magic have you accomplished in the past year? Be it small or grand, it’s worth celebrating in a poem!

P.S.

This is a great opener, Laduchessederat!

I hope I give your awesome prompt justice! ❤