Disenchanted by Kara Pleasants

I have never been a huge fan of magical stories and I don’t usually feel tempted to read anything of the kind so I was expecting Disenchanted to be a nice story, but I certainly wasn’t expecting it to captivate me as it did. This book is simply magnificent for those who love the genre and those who don’t! I couldn’t put it down and I had a great time reading it. I kept feeling compelled to read this book, and it had been a while since I have had this feeling. 

Kara Pleasants developed a society where magic is present even in the small details, and where the biggest wizards are considered the best society can offer. Mr. Darcy is obviously one of the most respected Wizards in society and the story starts with him traveling with Mr. Bingley to Hertfordshire to pursuit a mission: continue the fight of the Wizarding Court against the Thief, an evil Wizard who has been stealing other peoples powers.

The story will have much to tell, and throughout the book the reader will receive several hints concerning not only past events involving the Necromancer, but also about the Bennet family and their secrets. The Bennet family mystery was one of my favourite aspects of the book because it is extremely well integrated in the plot, and kept me guessing until the end. I absolutely loved how all the clues were laid in front of me without giving me margin to know what was coming ahead. 

Disenchanted is full of mystery but also adventure and excitement. We see Mr. Darcy trying to discover and fight the Thief while also protecting and helping Elizabeth which was very romantic in it’s own way. In fact, Elizabeth and Darcy share a chemistry that I loved, and in the end it is proven their love is stronger than anything, even the darkest magic, which was delightful. 

I was particularly happy to see that Elizabeth was no longer seen as someone who needed protection, but someone who could contribute to the cause and make Mr. Darcy even stronger. That’s how I always picture them, as two people who make one another stronger because of their differences, and in this story that is illustrated with enchantment and disenchantment.

The end of the book was everything I could hope for and more! It was very curious because I kept wanting the author to take the story into a certain direction and she always did, especially when it came to Mrs. Bennet. I must say her actions towards Lady Catherine were perfect, what she did, the way she did it and her comments afterwards were beautiful and everything I was expecting. Mrs. Bennet’s character finally got what she deserved and I couldn’t be happier with the ending Kara Pleasants gave her. It was a beautiful closure to a beautiful story. 

Disenchanted certainly enchanted me. The book is well written and fluid and the storyline is compelling, dynamic and romantic.

This book pretty much follows canon, only adding the magical realm and the Thief storyline, but it turned out to be a real page turner. I felt very engaged not only with the characters, but also with the magical storyline which is something I never expected to happen and reveals a lot about Kara Pleasants talent as a storyteller. I definitely recommend it to everyone, it is a great story and another one to add to my pile of 2020 favourites.

You can find Disenchanted at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

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31 responses to “Disenchanted by Kara Pleasants

  1. Like you, Rita, I am not wild about magic in my Lizzy and Darcy, but you have tempted me. Thanks for the thoughtful review. Best, LA

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    • I am not a fan of the genre either, but I really liked it Laurel Ann. It doesn’t have too much fantasy and I think that helped me get into it. If you read it, I hope you like it 🙂

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  2. Sophia Rose

    I enjoyed this one, too. Yes, loved what came for Mrs. Bennet in the end. 🙂

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  3. J. W. Garrett

    I love magic stories and I love this review, Rita. ❤ Most excellent. I am behind in my reading so I need to catch up and read this. Blessings and thanks for sharing.

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  4. Sarah

    I love magic stories, and this one is *amazing*. I loved how she followed the canon events so closely in some ways and yet they were all turned on their end and interpreted in new directions. The author is amazing at leaving clues along the way and sneaking in information without doing big information jumps. Such a talented storyteller! I’m really hoping she has more books in the future!

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    • I felt the same way Sarah. The mystery that needed to be solved, plus all the clues concerning the Bennet family were definitely some of the details that made me love this book 🙂

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  5. Christina Boyd

    So glad you liked this one! I was surprised how much I enjoyed this too. A must read.

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    • You and me both Christina, I thought it would be an ok book, but it turned out to be a great one! Thank you for recommending it, I wouldn’t read it if it weren’t for you 🙂

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  6. karapleasants

    Rita, thanks so much for this review! Writing the relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth—and her equal talent—was my favorite aspect of this story and I love that you really enjoyed that part, too!

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    • I just love how they complement each other. That is part of why I love this couple so much, and you used magic to make that even more visible in this story, it was incredible! I loved it 🙂

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  7. Gina Dankel

    This is definitely not a genre I prefer, JAFF or otherwise. If you claim to feel similarly, maybe I should give it a try. Thanks for your reviews.

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    • It’s not usually my cup of tea either Gina, but I trully loved it, so I think other people who don’t usually like the genre may like it too. Unless you really hate magical elements, in that case it may be difficult to go over it, but if you just don’t particularly appreciate the genre, then like me I think you may like it.

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  8. sheilalmajczan

    I read and enjoyed this story. Stay safe, my friends.

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  9. Thanks for the great review, Rita! This sounds so intriguing, and even more so having read your lavish praise, and the cover is delightful! Congrats, Kara Pleasants, and thanks again Rita for sharing your thoughts!

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  10. Mary

    Hi Rita,

    Magic? Hmmm! I must admit that when I read your review and discovered
    the magical element I initially thought it wasn’t for me.
    However,as I continued to read your thoughts and your enthusiastic reaction to this wonderful book,I’m certainly reconsidering my initial stance. I’m intrigued
    and quite curious to read this book and wonder if it will weave its magical spell in me,as it did you!

    Thank you for highlighting the merits of this story and for sharing your views with us.I look forward to reading it.
    Stay safe. 🍀😊
    Mary

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    • I hope you like it Mary! I wasn’t certain I would like it myself because I’m not a huge fan of fantasy. I love dystopian stories, but fantasy isn’t usually something I read, however, the magical elements in this book are very well integrated in the story and the mystery in it made me want to read it non-stop. I think you may like it too 🙂

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  11. So glad to hear you enjoyed this one, Rita. I love fantasy and I love P&P so this is a win win for me! Thanks for the review and congratulations Kara!

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  12. Glynis

    Wow! Thanks for this fabulous review Rita! I do have this book on my list but you have made me even more determined to read it. I do love it when ODC work together to solve problems and combat their enemies so this is definitely one for me.

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    • I think you’ll like it Glynis. There isn’t much mushy romance in it, but the kind of romance that exists is my kind of romance 🙂 Plus, there isn’t much angst, so this falls under your preferences 🙂

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  13. As I am a huge fan of fantasy books, I am certain I would love this.

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  14. Like you, in the past, I wasn’t sure I would appreciate magical stories. So I am hesitant to buy/borrow such stories. I depend a lot on reviews and the summary. Thank you for this post, and all the commemts here.

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    • I wasn’t sure I would love it either, I thought it would be ok, but not something that would compel me to keep reading as I advanced in the story, but it did, so I think that even people who aren’t big fans of the genre may like it.

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  15. If.you, not a fan of fantasy, enjoyed it so much… I’m definitely certain I will absolutely love it!
    I’ve told you before and will repeat here – I am completely enchanted with the cover, it’s so beautiful ❤️

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