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Growing Disenchantments

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  23 reviews
The new novel from K.D. Berry - WINNER - Sir Julius Vogel Award 'Best New Talent' 2012

Just when he'd been looking forward to another quiet night delving into mind-bending arcane lore and mentally wrestling with the deepest magicks, along came this mysterious thief to disturb him. Why was it nothing in Ragonnard's life ever went to plan? Rather than turn her in to the law (
Paperback, 372 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Bluewood Publishing
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Sara Burr
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There is much to be said about Growing Disenchantments by K.D. Berry, but to sum it all up in one word, I would call it brilliant. Growing Disenchantments is a humorous medieval drama that follows several main and supporting characters, including Ragonnard, a sorcerer who has his sights set on obtaining an amulet worn by fellow sorcerer Syranax, whose soul has been trapped in a painting for the better part of five hundred years. Ragonnard believes he knows the spell to obtain the amulet from the ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ok, so somehow I missed the fact that K.D. Berry is actually a writing duo until I read the “about the author” section at the end. I must say that I am amazed. I generally find that there is a discrepancy in writing styles between multiple authors writing together, however, while reading this book I didn’t once guess that there was a second author. Everything flowed together so seamlessly.

This story was very unique. It had the weirdest version of time travel ever, but it was also so cool. I’d lo
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE! Especially people who love language and English
Interestingly, K.D. Berry is a pseudonym for Kevin and Diane Berry, but Growing Disenchantments didn't read like it'd been written by two people. The writing was flawless and really encouraged the reader to immerse themselves in the story and travel along with Ragonnard and Ganfrey.

Desquartz was my absolute favourite character (I've always liked the brainy guys - Donatello from TMNT and Beast from X-Men!) So Desquartz, the very philsophical reanimated gargoyle, who tags along for the blundery ri
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Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, review-copy
Anyone in the market for an entertaining fantasy read, one that's lightly fun and amusingly inventive, should consider Growing Disenchantments, by K.D. Berry (labeled YA, but suitable for adults). It's not, you know, a World Altering reading experience of Emotional Power, but it is a fine way to spend a snowy day.

It was on such a day that I entered the world of Ragonnard, the new wizard in town, just as the young thief Ganfrey (a girl, and no unskilled) was about to break into his house. Unfortu
Angela Holtz
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I was so excited to see another installment of the Adventures of Drewdop. Okay that's not what it is but I do adore that character. He's an illusionist who is very smart, much smarter than the king, but he makes bad choices because he is still human. He gets himself into a real pickle in this one.

Ragonnard isn't really an evil sorcerer he just wants this magical tool so bad that he makes the worst decisions. Even his furniture gives him grief about his lack of forethough
Tahlia Newland
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Growing Disenchantments is the second delightful story K. D. Berry has set in the land of King Credos. Dragon’s Away, which I enjoyed very much, was the first. In this book, we meet King Credos, Dewdrop, the illusionist, and the head of security again, but the main characters, a thief and a sorcerer, are new. K.D. Berry’s humorous style rides on a plethora of puns and rather silly but charming characters. It’s a good read if you’re looking for something light, and is perfect for teens and older ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This has been one of the most amusing books I have read in a really long time. It actually took me a few chapters before I could switch gears into a less then serious read. Your not going to find any angst filled teenagers discovering new powers in this YA book. Honestly I feel like a lot of the younger generations might not understand a lot of the humor in this book. Not saying that I'm that old myself, but I grew up in a house that watched movies like "Young Frankenstein" and "Monte Python and ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie
I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
Growing Disenchantments is the the second book of K.D. Berry's that I've read, and after liking the first, I loved the second (but this isn't a series, it just has some carry-over characters). What happens when a young sorcerer tries to hire a thief, Ganfrey, to still a seemingly ugly and boring painting? When you throw in two more sorcerers, a time-travel, a good/bad imp, and a hilarious security guard, a whole lot happens!
Much lik
J M Leitch
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Comic Young Adult Fantasy Jam-Packed with Magic & Adventure

I received a free copy of Growing Disenchantments in a review swap for my futuristic thriller The Zul Enigma. So you can imagine my relief when, just a few pages in, I knew I was going to love this book.

It’s a young adult fantasy novel, formatted and copy edited to a very high standard, and tells the story of Ragonnard, a wannabe cutting edge sorceror who hatches a plan to steal a portrait that, for the past five hundred years, has bee
Mirti Venyon
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
With a bunch of amusing and well-portrayed characters – from a clever but rather insensitive and unsuccessful sorcerer, to quaint and quirky members of the palace, to an attractive young female thief and a host of others – the adventurous story never ceases its exciting pace, and the characters never fail to entertain and surprise the reader.

When Ragonnard, the aspiring sorcerer, attempts to free a magic amulet from its secret hidden location, the town of Reveefton is turned upside down, affec
Danielle Forrest
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Of all the books I've read of late, I don't think I've read one with a more misleading cover. Upon first glance, this cover, which looks like it was made by a five year old, didn't leave the best taste in my mouth. When I got the request for a book review, I was certain I was in for a terrible book, one filled with grammatical mistakes, misspelled words, and weird formatting.

Nothing was further from the truth. Reading a sample of the book had me laughing and completely hooked. I needed to get th
Katherine Logan
Oct 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in a review swap for my own book, THE RUBY BROOCH.

It’s been decades since I read a fantasy, but after reading GROWING DISENCHANTMENTS, a humorous, adventure fantasy, I intend to read more of the genre. I’ll also definitely read Kevin & Diane Berry’s other book DRAGONS AWAY.

GROWING DISENCHANTMENTS is extremely creative. The story is full of amusing, well-developed characters who kept me laughing from page one with the appearance of a talking candlestick who “w
Lee Murray
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Another action-packed and far-flung fantasy from writing duo K.D. Berry, Growing Disenchantments features some of our favourite Central Realm citizens from Dragons Away: Dewdrop, the bumbling illusionist, Credos, the dim-witted king and Lautrec, his Head of Palace Security who fancies himself as a literary sleuth. There are a few new favourites too, including a sticky-fingered thief, a Chronological Intervention consultant, a gargoyle who prefers to spout philosophy, and an overworked and rather
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

Young sorcerer Ragonnard has been looking for a particular painting for a long time. But this is not an ordinary portrait; it's very special...more special than he could ever imagine. Which is why he wants it so bad. Enter Ganfrey, a young thief whom Ragonnard recruits to help him steal the portrait. But the task proves to be difficult, not to mention the evil sorcerer that has appeared. Now it's up to them (and a couple other guys) to stop this sorcerer from pract
Cheryl M-M
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
The beginning chapters are very upbeat and kind of like Disney does Python, but in a cheeky nice way. I mean what kind of sorcerer has full scale conversations with inanimate objects that have their own personalities, opinions and are not afraid to voice them. The furniture sniggers at him a lot and the broom seems especially diva like.
I like the way Berry weaves a layer of wit within the storylines. Sometimes it is so subtle you have to be careful not to miss it. For instance, one of my favouri
Eleanor Gunn
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a light, entertaining young adult fantasy novel about a Sorcerer's quest to steal a painting and retrieve a magic amulet, cue alarums and excursions. If you like ridiculous puns, you will love this book. If you hate puns, stay away. The puns just kept coming, very impressive and occasionally got a smile out of me.
Growing Disenchantments was definitely a book for young adults - I think I would have enjoyed it more if I'd found it when I was 13. I would highly recommend that the Publishe
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GROWING DISENCHANTMENTS was a great story. Ragonnard, the sorcerer was search of a painting when he had a chance meeting with a thief that can help him reach his goals. This story had sorcerers, time travel, talking furniture and so much more. When I was reading this book it reminded me of a cross between Harry Potter and the movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks, two of my favorite movies. If you are looking for something to read with a touch of humor this is your book. Recommended for all ages. This
Billi Tiner
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Growing Disenchantments is a humorous young adult fantasy. The story centers on a young sorcerer. Rogannard, who has been working toward one goal, to find an amulet purported to hold great magical powers. There’s one problem, the amulet is trapped in a portrait along with its original owner. The story mixes a fair amount of humor around the action and adventure. Some of the humorous moments were too forced causing an interruption in the flow of the story. There were also passages that seemed red ...more
Angela Oliver
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another entertaining read from this duo. Kevin and Dianne Berry write the most amusing fantasy I have read in a long time. Packed with puns and interesting characters, it keeps you hooked. This novel takes place in the same city as "Dragon's Away" but unlike the former, it remains within the city - no travelling required. Instead we have several wizards of varying talents and skills, talking furniture, animated statues, a thief, a time traveller and a mischevious imp. Some of the characters don' ...more
Darcia Helle
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! First and foremost, it is exceptionally well written. The story has a great flow and stylistically is very easy to get lost in.

The entire cast of characters is unique, fun, and compelling. The plot is an adventure that unravels with lots of magic, mystery and unexpected humor. I was totally absorbed from beginning to end.

This book is marketed as YA, but I think it holds vast appeal for the general adult audience. I highly recommend this story to anyone who wa
Lauralynn Elliott
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just like in Dragons Away, this book is filled with fun characters. Drewdop, of course, returns along with King Credos (who is such a dingbat, LOL). We're introduced to a new set of characters. I won't go into a long synopsis since the other reviewers have already given a good idea of the story line. But I have to say, I really enjoyed the gargoyles. All the characters had their own little quirks. The light banter and goofy humor in this book makes it a really fun read. I would definitely read m ...more
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Unfortunately, growing disenchantment was exactly what I experienced as I read the sample and encountered one weak pun after another. It's well enough written, but it tries too hard to be funny.
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