Enchanted Immortals is a fun read that I would strongly encourage you to check out.
The story starts out quite slow – a word of warning. It looks like an attempt to do some world-building, but it’s quite a bit of lag. If you can get past the first few chapters, however, the story gets a lot better. You just have to make it through those first bits.
Thomas O’Malley is our protagonist and he’s been tasked with guarding the Sylphs and happens to be immortal as well. This creates a set of circumstances that can make it hard for Thomas and his immediate family – there is a strict ‘no contact’ policy in play that makes things tough for Thomas’ father as well as Thomas himself. Of all of the characters, Thomas is given the most development and there is an excellent story just in Thomas and his interactions with the world. That his father and several other characters happen to share the world, and the page, with him is gravy.
The book is a little tricky to follow – it uses a series of time jumps to follow the story through several time periods. Thomas’ immortality plays a part of this, but it does get confusing occasionally to track the different viewpoints and what is going on in each ‘era.’ Reading it on my Kindle made this even more difficult, as the file liked to jump around when I was trying to navigate – the most recent update to it appears to have fixed the problem, but that was after I had read it.
But, back to the characters. As I said, Thomas is the most developed and he is a believable main character. He is interesting – as an immortal, his interactions with the Fae world and the real world are sometimes in conflict. He tries to handle those conflicts as best he can, but he is still ‘human’ which means that he makes mistakes in resolving those conflicts. It makes for a good, authentic read.
The plot is a bit slow – even after the introduction. It’s also a bit predictable – you can see several of the conflicts coming. This is especially true of the conflicts that are coming from the new division of the United States government that has been tasked with investigating and monitoring the Fae. How the author handles those conflicts, however, is what sells the story. CJ Pinard does an excellent job of making the conflicts seem unique and special even when they play to the common tropes. Just because I saw the conflict coming did not mean that I did not want to see how she would write it . Pinard’s sense of conflict is excellent and well developed, making even the common conflicts interesting and suspenseful.
This is clearly a first book – there are a number of conflicts that are too large to settle in one story. A quick check of Amazon reveals a series of sequels and a novella about the new government agency that has formed in response to the Fae. That’s not unsurprising – it’s clear the Pinard wants to build on the conflicts established here at the outset by about half-way through the book.
All in all, Enchanted Immortals is a good start to a series with an excellent protagonist. The pacing may need a little work, but it shouldn’t be enough to keep you from checking out the book.
Value: 5/5 (At Free)
Total rating: 4.5/5