Oria’s Enchantment by Jeffe Kennedy @jeffekennedy

Posted February 27, 2019 by Melanie in Book Review / 22 Comments

Oria’s Enchantment by Jeffe Kennedy @jeffekennedy Oria's Enchantment by Jeffe Kennedy
Series: Sorcerous Moons #5
Published by Brightlynx Publishing on January 25 2019
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 166
Format: eARC
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The Temptation of Power

No longer a princess and not yet a queen, the sorceress Oria welcomes the rush of power the ancient mask brings her—though the obsessive connection to it frightens her and alarms her barbarian husband, Lonen. But retreat is not an option. She must wrestle the magic to prevent an annihilating war, even if she must make the ultimate sacrifice.

A World in Flames

If Lonen wants to reclaim his throne—and save his people from destruction—he must return by sunset on the seventh day. What he thought would be a short and simple journey, however, leads them deeper into the mountains—and Oria deeper into the thrall of foul magic. Until he must choose between two terrible paths.

A Heart-Wrenching Choice

Struggling with conflicting loyalties, Oria and Lonen fight to find a way to be together… lest they be separated forever, and their realms go down in flames with them.

I’m so excited to be back in the world of Sorcerous Moons. I was a little concerned I wouldn’t remember what was going on in this book, because it was two years ago I finished the previous book, The Forests of Dru. I even debated about rereading that book first, but then I had Oria’s Enchantment in my inbox and I couldn’t wait to start it.

So, this world exists with magic. There is Bara. They are a society of sorcerers and sorceresses. The men have one type of ability that pairs well with the female’s ability. It makes them extremely powerful. Destrye are strictly human. But the Bara have been pillaging their land, and more importantly, their water. So they come to take on the Bara and save their people and their lands. Oria is Bara and Lonen is Destrye. They come together to try to bring peace to both sides, but things are never that easy. Oh, and there’s a dragon who is a little bit of smart ass at times.

So we are pretty far along in their story by now, five out of six book. So I can’t say a huge amount without giving spoilers to those who haven’t read the earlier books. What I can tell you, is this is a very well developed series. The world that Kennedy has built is pretty amazing. The characters are even better. I just love Oria and Lonen, not to mention Chuffta, Oria’s familiar, the small white dragon you see on the cover.

I will say it was interesting meeting Lonen’s mother and the women she has with her at her retreat (I think that is best word, I can’t remember exactly what it’s called in the book). We also finally get to meet more of the derkesthai, the dragon like creatures like Chuffta.

Speaking of covers, isn’t this cover amazing and it isn’t even the best in the series (not that I don’t like it, I just think that The Forest of Dru has the best cover).

Anyway, if you like fantasy series with romance throughout the series, this is the series for you. It is just as good as her Twelve Kingdoms series. This one just follows the same couple throughout the whole series.

About Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award.

Her award-winning fantasy romance trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms hit the shelves starting in May 2014. Book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose received a Top Pick Gold and was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014. The third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books followed in this world, beginning the spin-off series The Uncharted Realms. Book one in that series, The Pages of the Mind, has also been nominated for the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and won RWA’s 2017 RITA® Award. The second book, The Edge of the Blade, released December 27, 2016, and is a PRISM finalist, along with The Pages of the Mind. The next in the series, The Shift of the Tide, will be out in August, 2017. A high fantasy trilogy taking place in The Twelve Kingdoms world is forthcoming from Rebel Base books in 2018.

She also introduced a new fantasy romance series, Sorcerous Moons, which includes Lonen’s War, Oria’s Gambit, The Tides of Bàra, and The Forests of Dru. She’s begun releasing a new contemporary erotic romance series, Missed Connections, which started with Last Dance and continues in With a Prince.

In 2019, St. Martins Press will release the first book, The Orchid Throne, in a new fantasy romance series, The Forgotten Empires.

Her other works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion; an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera; and the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, which includes Going Under, Under His Touch and Under Contract.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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I’m Melanie, and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

I started listening to audiobooks when a new book in a series was coming out and I wanted to get a refresher, but didn’t have time to read all the books (I think it was Anita Blake). I fell in love. I stayed with strictly re-reading books that I’d already read for a long time. I eventually tried an audiobook for something that I hadn’t read first and was hooked there too. Now, I listen to audio for both re-reads and first time. I have some series that I’ve given up reading and only listen. I try to get any many books/audiobooks from the library to help save on my budget. Books on CD and the newer digital downloads from the library really allow me to listen more. I then purchase my favorites (because who can wait in line for your favorite book??) and less mainstream books from Audible or some other online retailer.

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Posted February 27, 2019 by Melanie in Book Review / 22 Comments


22 responses to “Oria’s Enchantment by Jeffe Kennedy

  1. I’m so happy your return to this world was satisfying, Melanie. You know I don’t read much fantasy but Kennedy’s worlds seem so well built and exciting. Plus, there are characters to get invested in and romance to enjoy. 😉 You’ve been tempting me with Kennedy for a long time and I’ve yet to read her. Is this series a good place to start? Or should I start somewhere else?

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    • Melanie

      My suggestion would depend on which you prefer a romance series with a new couple in each book, then I would have you start with The Twelve Kingdoms. If you want one couple that follows multiple books (so less romance, though it is still there), then start with this one. They are both great series. There are less books in this series. There is only one more book after this one (not released yet). There are already 10 full-length books in The Twelve Kingdoms world (three series with the spinoffs). And I don’t think that series is done yet and I have no idea how many books there will be.

      Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

  2. I know that feeling of thinking you might re-read previous books, but then starting the new book anyway. Most of the time it works out well. It sounds great how well developed the series is and it sounds pretty unique too.

    • Melanie

      If only I had more time, I probably would’ve re-read the series and then this book. It is a series I would enjoy a second time. The characters that Kennedy has created are wonderful.

      Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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