- Date published: 18th October 2012
- Publisher: The Writer’s Coffee Shop
- Format: Paperback, 220 pages
- Series: The Gateway Chronicles, Book 4
- ISBN 13: 9781612131252
- Categories: YA – Fantasy
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- Source: provided for review by the publisher
Darcy Pennington’s course was plotted out for her long before she ever stepped foot in Alitheia, but Colin Mackaby seems determined to hamper and confuse the way as much as he can. Darcy begins to suspect that it is not Colin working against her, but a malevolent force working through him—a force seeking to hasten Darcy’s transformation into one of the very creatures she is supposed to fight. Darcy is finally willing to follow the prophesied path, even agreeing to her much-resisted marriage to Tellius, but soon after she returns to Alitheia, everything spirals out of her control. A painful rejection almost pushes her over the edge, and when she demands answers from Rubidius, he provides her only with more painful secrets she must keep from the others. In the meantime, Darcy and her friends finally set out to confront one of Tselloch’s gateways, fulfilling—so they think—the great prophecy of the Six. But when faced with practicing their magic against Tselloch’s evil power, nothing turns out as expected.
Enchantments protect them as sorcery attacks them, and Colin Mackaby dogs their every step along the way. In the minds of the Alitheians, if Darcy cannot repair the breach that has formed between herself and Tellius, nothing will turn out as it was foretold. Darcy wonders, in the end, if there is any hope at all for her, or for Alitheia.
Every time I leave Darcy Pennington at the end of a book, I feel like she’s grown and finally becoming less self-centred. But every time I take up with her again in a new book, it’s almost as if she reverts, as if the time spent in Alitheia has been washed away by another year at high school. This book is my favourite so far (and don’t I say that after finishing each book?), and I think this is the first book that I can really say that I liked Darcy in, but in the beginning she was very irresponsible and silly.
Alitheia is recovering from a war with Tselloch and has changed vastly rom the magical land we were introduced to in The Six. Darcy and her friends also have an increasing familiarity with the land, which is nice because the long story line is beginning to coalesce into something amazing. I loved getting to see a military keep as well as the well-appointed palace, and visiting familiar places but seeing them in a new light. I think The Enchanted expands well on the world and continues to it unfold naturally.
One of the things I like about the writing of this series is that the characters are all very realistic: they think, act and react like sixteen year olds which is refreshing (and sometimes annoying, but it’s meant to be!). So when Amelia experiences heart-break and Sam expresses confusion in her relationship with Lewis, I felt strongly right along with them. I felt Darcy’s pain at her rejection as well, but rejoiced that she was finally over Perry (he isn’t very nice, let’s face it). And my, how Tellius has grown. He’s one of my favourite characters now, and I really want to read more about him!
The plot of The Enchanted is a lot more character driven than some of the previous volumes, which allows for lots of development. However, I liked how loose threads from the last three books have increased significance in this book, and it was great to finally get some answers and see where Colin lies in all this.I do feel that Darcy should have recognised the importance of her ring a lot sooner, there were so many obvious clues, but as usual she was just a little too self-absorbed and then reacted with undue surprise when everything was made clear.
So, another great instalment in The Gateway Chronicles series, which has built brilliantly on the foundations laid down by the previous books. The Enchanted is a great read and I am gad that the series keeps getting better and better. Bring on the next book I say!