Lily’s Enchantment by Kristin Noone

Lily’s Enchantment by Kristin Noone
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (28 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

It’s not easy to be a good sorceress and a single mother. It’s even harder, though, when she’s called upon to save a dying king and face down a dragon—a dragon who might be part of her past. And to make the fairy tale even more complicated, the king’s illegitimate older brother has beautiful eyes, a reputation for deadly ruthlessness, and a surprising talent for comforting babies–and maybe for enticing Lily as well.

Few things are more unexpected than a sharp knock at the front door in the middle of a rainstorm. Will what Lily finds behind it change her destiny?

Lily’s resourcefulness and willingness to do anything to take care of her baby is admirable. Her self-consciousness gives depth to her personality and made me hope she could find the happy ending that has eluded her for so long. She’s not a perfect person by any means, but her flaws made me like her even more.

The rules in this universe were a little difficult to figure out. Early on in the plot readers are given certain pieces of information that are later contradicted without any explanation as to why the rules have changed so suddenly. It would have been helpful to have a few more clues about what might have caused these things to occur. There were a few instances in which I thought I’d have confirmation of the theory I came up with to explain this, but I was never quite sure if my solution was the one the author intended to convey.

This story has the timeless feel of a traditional fairy tale. Ms. Noone is clearly well-versed in the genre, and her attention to detail shines through from the very first paragraph. The most interesting passages were the ones that described how this society works. Every kingdom has its own set of unwritten assumptions about how commoners and royalty should behave, and I had fun piecing together what it might be like to live in this one.

I smiled while I read Lily’s Enchantment. It’s a good choice for anyone looking for a gentle romance set in a land far, far away.

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