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A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

"This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do." The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: a fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption—ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.

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    Take Me Where I Need to Be...

    I read this book with great anticipation, and it did not disappoint. It is poetic and spellbinding. Deep and profound. When I finished, all I could do was sit in silence, contemplating the true beauty of what I had just read. I read this book in 2 days, while the kids were asleep. Many times with books, I am able to pick one up and read while they play or watch movies, able to keep one eye on them, and the other on the book. This book I felt deserved more than that. As much as I wanted to pick it up during the day, I knew that I needed to be fully immersed in this Enchanted world and allow it to scoop me up and take me where I needed to be, and show me what I needed to see.

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    The Enchanted

    Wonderfully different read for me. So many emotions and unbelievable empathy.

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    The Enchanted

    Interesting book to read. Very dark. But allows you to see life on death row.

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    The enchanted

    Excellent read. Highly recommend.

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    The Enchanted-A Novel

    Written mostly from the death row inmate's view point. Leaves you guessing who the narrator is right ton the end.

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