The Enchanted: Book summary and reviews of The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

The Enchanted

by Rene Denfeld

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The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
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"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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"Starred Review. Read this magical book, and prepare to be spellbound." - Library Journal

"A striking one-of-a-kind prison novel... [with] rich, haunting prose... A stunning first novel from an already accomplished writer." - Publishers Weekly

"An over-the-top work with a number of preordained victims but no individuals." - Kirkus

"Evocative... Denfeld's humanizing of the potential for horror that is within all of us and her insistence that the reader see the beauty in the darkest corners of life sizzles through her sharp prose, which both makes us flinch and invites us to imagine." - Booklist

"Rene Denfeld is a genius. In The Enchanted, she has imagined one of the grimmest settings in the world - a dank and filthy death row in a corrupt prison - and given us one of the most beautiful, heart-rending, and riveting novels I have ever read." - Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All The Time

"The Enchanted wrapped its beautiful and terrible fingers around me from the first page and refused to let go after the last. A wondrous book that finds transcendence in the most unlikely of places... So dark yet so exquisite." - Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus

"The Enchanted is unlike anything I've ever read... Contagious and seductive. The reader comes to see through Denfeld's strange lens, and to savor the richness of the view long after the final page has turned." - Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love

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Rene Denfeld

Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, journalist, Mitigation Specialist, and fact Investigator in death penalty cases. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a published author of four books including the international bestseller The New Victorians: A Young Woman's Challenge to the Old Feminist Order, Kill The Body, The Head Will Fall, and All God's Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families.

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