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(Enchanter's Child #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Alex has a set of Enchanted cards. When she flutters her fingers above them, something magical happens: the cards come alive and create moving pictures of what is now and what is yet to come. But Enchantment is illegal in the city of Luma, and those who practice it are imprisoned forever in the Vaults—dark dungeons deep below the city.

When Alex is betrayed by her foster si
ebook, 352 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great
still one of my very favorite authors. In this book, the characters are wonderful, the plot buildup towards the meetup of the characters is wonderful, and the settings are just delightful-- no one could paint a pastoral, idyllic landscape and intertwine it with magical town settings in the natural way that this author could. I would enthusiastically recommend her to readers who have only heard of authors like Diana Wynne Jones and Eva Ibbotson-- she closely resembles them in terms of output and ...more
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I enjoyed this tale of heir to throne in magical kingdom being spirited away for her safety and then returning to save the day, and the series should be a great one. I may not purchase it, though. This author's Spetimus Heap Magyk (2005) books were popular for a while, but don't circulate as much any more. My readers pick up fantasy books less and less, and I have a lot of great titles already. Would definitely take a look at this for readers who like adventure an
Jonine Bergen
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-years
The trouble with ARCs is the time between the first and second book! This one finishes on a cliffhanger so, ack!
Lisa Boyd
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic novel. I look forward to the rest of the series being published.
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous novel from Angie Sage. This is the story of Alex, a young girl thrust into the arms of Mirram in a desperate attempt by her parents to save her life. Her father thrusts into her clothing a pack of Hex cards, which are about to cause Alex and her foster family a whole Heap (see what I did there?) of trouble. These magical cards, which Alex is able to use to sell prophecies, are completely forbidden in the bustling city of Luma and when she finds herself suddenly Named, along with ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tween-novel, fantasy
Another thoroughly enjoyable fantasy by Angie Sage. Yay!
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
The author of the Septimus Heap series returns with a new fantasy world. Alex lives in Luma, where all magic is forbidden. She has a deck of Hex cards that come to life in her hands and show her images of the future. She’s always had them, given to her as a small child by the family that gave her away. But one jealous foster sister decides to name Alex as an enchanter and everything changes. Alex flees with her youngest foster brother into a world designed to hunt her down with magical hauntings ...more
In Alex's homeland, enchanters, their children, and anyone who helps them are outlawed; in the clifftop city of Luma, transgressors are imprisoned underground in cages for the rest of their lives. So Alex must take great care when using her special hex cards to see into the future. She doesn't know where they came from; she's always had them, ever since her biological parents "threw her away" and forced her onto the unwilling Mirram and her daughters. Now Alex's mean-spirited, ambitious foster-s ...more
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alex lives in a kingdom where people mistrust magic. The king has created creatures to hunt down all enchanters and their children and people are encouraged to rat out anyone they suspect of having powers. Alex has never been treated well by her foster mother and sisters, but she is still surprised when one turns on them and she is forced to flee with her little brother. It's the first time she's left the safety of her walled village and she'll encounter wonders, terrors, new friends, and old en ...more
4.5 stars. Enchantments are illegal in the city of Luma. But Alex has a set of hex cards that she uses to read the future. The cards are the only thing she has left of her life before. Before being an unpaid drudge in her foster mother's house. But, when she is turned in for using enchantments by her foster sister, she must run for her life--along with her younger brother and her foster mother's pet pokkle. Along the way, she is pursued by twilight hauntings--various magical creations whose purp ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Listened to the audio.
Alex is a foster child and never feels like she is wanted. She has a set of her cards that she knows she must never show anyone, but she makes a few cents telling fortunes with them to Ben,, hiding behind a stall at the market. Her foster sister Zerra 'names' her by telling the king that she had the magical cards. Alex and her foster brother Louie escape and meet up with Ben, who takes her to his grandmother's house. Meanwhile, the hawk is hunting for Enchanter's Child, and
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. Alex, am Enchanter’s child, has grown up with a not-great foster mother, one terrible foster sister, and a foster brother and sister who are just fine. All she has left from her birth parents are her Hex cards, which she uses to make extra money at the market. When her foster sister outs her, causing their mother to be arrested, Alex and her foster brother flee. On the run, they meet an ally and set on a journey to find somewhere safe for Alex. For me, this one moved slowly until about ...more
The Marvelous Ms. Kaia
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The hardest part of reading this book is knowing I have to wait for the sequel. I love the story of Ales and her adventure and how she’s running from her father but doesn’t know it. I hate Zerra though. What a complete brat. She obviously has attention issues, but what a horrible way to fix it. The naming people reminded me of the Hitler Youth that reported their own families. Alex’s other family isn’t great either. The sister and Mother and both self centered and need to be corrected. I don’t c ...more
Laura Gilfillan
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I really enjoyed this story, and I love Angie Sage's style. Alex grows up in a foster family, not feeling wanted at all, and has no idea what family she came from, except that they didn't want her anymore. That is already a heavy burden, but also she lives in an environment where magic is strictly forbidden. She tries to keep it secret, but she has a set of magic hex cards which eventually get her and her family in a great deal of trouble. So she sets off to try to find a place where she can be ...more
Molly Cluff
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite fantasy releases of this year. I enjoyed the large cast of characters (the chapters alternate between multiple points of view) and how all of their stories are interconnected. And the humor was nicely balanced with the serious plot moments (like the knit octopuses and how Hagos thinks of his lost daughter as "Boo-boo." A couple moments that were too-convenient, like Zerah happening randomly to break the curse on the hawk, but the actual target audience (kids) probably wouldn't ...more
Alex is an Enchanter's child living in a kingdom where all enchanters and beguilers are killed. She has hidden away with her foster family for most of her life, but her foster sister exposes her. In an attempt to flee the sentinels, she and her foster brother flee the city and begin a journey across the land to find somewhere safe. Alex learns more about being an enchanter and must go on a quest to kill the Twilight Hauntings.

Fast-paced fantasy adventure with lots of humor. A plethora of fun cha
This started very strong. Even though its a children's book, Angie Sage can make you feel the range of emotions. However, the second half didn't resonate with me. There were too many "missed connections" and rather than being frustrated things didn't align the way I wanted, it felt like a forced obstacle. It felt like impact of those near misses were squandered a bit too. Overall, I still enjoyed it... but I felt excited and racing through it and at some point changed to speed reading forcing my ...more
Jamie Klos
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It was full of fantasy and adventure, with strange creatures like the pokkle. I like that it included separate groups of people, the unjustly persecuted enchanters and the "normal" people. Alex is an awesome strong female character, able to survive in the wild despite all of the dangerous enchantments. The tiny bits of irony and humor mixed in kept the book light in the face of danger. I could not put this one down! ...more
Kim Gontarz
Alex is able to use HEX cards to do reads for people but in the city where she lives it is against the law. Enchanters as she would be described are thought of as evil and plotting against the King. Can she save herself and the people she knows of as her family? Will she be able to get rid of the Hauntings that are after anyone with powers? Who are her friends and enemies?
Taylor Ray
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I think the fantasy aspect of it was very exciting and imaginary and aloud the reader to get very invested in the book. I think this would be a great book to show students who may be hesitant to start reading or are not interested in reading. I think this book is one that students would get very invested in and hopefully find a passion for reading.
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This first installment of a new fantasy series already has me eager for the next title. Alex is a likable heroine who is easy to relate to... The additional cast of characters are well-developed and intriguing. From the very first moment that I was immersed in this fantasy world, I didn't want to leave. ...more
Rachel F.
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fantasy
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Mar 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting tale of a child separated from her parents and raised in a world where enchanters are always in danger from twilight hauntings and hunters.
It is a story of a journey. It is a story of a father reunited with a child.
I found some parts convoluted and slightly confusing. I am undecided on whether I will read the next book that comes out this year.
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, b-b, 2020, children-s
A compelling start to a new series with fleshed-out characters. I especially liked the girl villain. I mean, she's horrible, but she's empowered and her rejection of her place in the world is kind of awesome. Leavened with dry humor and occasional absurdities. ...more
Steve Harris
If Angie Sage has ever written a bad book, I have never read it!

I was delighted to discover a new series. The book had a few slow moments but they were like a boulder slowly gaining speed as it careened down hill. I loved the story and l will not so patiently await its sequel!
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Needed a fantastical kids world to jump into because of how bleak the world is, and this was perfect. Nostalgic because I loved the Septimus Heap series in primary school. Adult fantasy isn’t really my thing but maybe children’s fantasy is?
Sarah Easley
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
A ton of characters, hefty but slowly doled-out backstory, and a lot of POV changes made it hard to follow this. The plot didn't really pick up until about 85% of the way through. I'm skipping this one for my library. ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The magic is cool! I wish the giant hawk weren't evil. Some of the plot twists to be revealed in the next volume are pretty obvious, if you read between the lines.
It ends with a lot of loose plot threads, of course. I would read more of this!
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Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
A great middle school book about a secret enchanted orphan where the king has declared enchantment illegal. Top notch quest through a magical world.
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Angie Sage (born 1952) is the author of the Septimus Heap series which includes Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre. She also wrote the Todhunter Moon series, and the Magykal Papers, an additional book with extra information about Septimus' world. She is also the illustrator and/or writer of many children's books, and is the new writer of the Araminta Spookie series.

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