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Once Upon An Enchanted Forest: An Anthology of Romantic Witchcraft Stories

(Return of the Elves)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Including stories from Award-Winning, New York Times, and USA Today Bestselling Authors

The autumnal equinox is a time of harvest and celebration, a balance of light and darkness, of magick and transformation. It’s a time when those who honor the changing seasons find a time to rest and reflect.

Or reap what they’ve sown.

Once Upon an Enchanted Forest, a collection of adult f
Published September 24th 2019 by Ink House Books
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Kelly Stepp
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon An Enchanted Forest Anthology
A fantastic gathering of fables and tales that will transport you to dark woods, confining castles, and into a world of magic and danger. The stories have a darker, more grim feel to them while also reminding me of Beowolf and Grim Fairy Tales. They are well-written and easily captured my attention, pulling me into the stories almost immediately. This collection is definitely worth a read and I’ve also found a new to me author because of my love for their s
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
Enchanted Forest Anthology

An enchanting collection of stories full of magic, mayhem and heart filled romance. I throughly enjoyed each story and highly recommend this set! A must read for fantasy romance lovers!


An interesting tale of a haunted forest, a long lost romance and old gods.

Matchweaver’s Loom

Feisty and fun! A great fantasy tale with match making, witches and fae.

The Witch Collector

Absolutely loved! I really enjoyed the concept and the world. So excited to see where the story
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I averaged out my rating for the stories in this anthology, I would say it would probably come to four stars. I'm giving it a five-star rating, though, because I really appreciate the fresh angle of so many of these stories and I like what Charissa Weaks is doing with this series. I want to see more. Many of the stories in Once Upon an Enchanted Forest (witches) and in the previous collection, Once Upon the Longest Night (vampires), have really original takes. It's not what you usually find i ...more
Charissa Weaks
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I really loved putting this anthology together and am super grateful for our authors and all their hard work. If you love witchy reads, this one’s for you! 🧙🏻‍♀️
Silver Surfer
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you read any of my reviews you’ll know that I’m not a big fan of romantic novels. So you may ask why did I start reading this one. I have to say when I did I was pleasantly surprised. There are very good novellas in this book which stick out, namely From Angela, Autumn and Michelle. As for the rest definitely worth a read. Highly recommended.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The title of this anthology is so appropriate because all ten novels where truly enchanting and they took me to a beautiful fantasy world full of romance between humans and other worldly creatures. All ten authors gave us a tale to remember, full of heroism, and creatures such as dryads, leprechauns, a Prince of the fae court, a witch collector, a frost king, nymphs, a dark queen, a dragon, an elf and healers who very often were labelled as witches. Every story was told in celebration of mabon t ...more
Full disclosure: I don't typically consider myself a romance reader, so my review should be taken with a few grains of salt. I like romantic elements, but I often feel like romance is rushed, which I find unappealing and boring. Unfortunately, many stories here had rushed relationships and couples that lacked charisma (in my opinion). And, to be frank, I thought this collection might have some steamier stories. That's not to say since stories didn't feature nights of passion that resulted in tru ...more
Arting Inter Alia
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Once Upon an Enchanted Forest" is a collection of Fantasy Romance short stories by ten talented authors, each telling their own captivating stories with inventive worlds, gripping plots and unusual characters. Some stand out stories for me were "In Waithwood" by Juliet Marillier, "The Matchweaver's Loom by Alisha Klaheke and "For Aeternum" by Michelle Tang. I found this a perfect read on the go, during my breaks and at home. The one negative would be that you cannot read it in bed, I made that ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this collection of stories, a lovely and unique blend by multiple authors, I was amazed at how all the stories were different and yet fit the tone perfectly. If you like fairytales and folklore I would highly recommend!!! Thank you @CharissaWeaksAuthor
Cristina Scipioni
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Me gusto, honestamente me gusto. Unas historias más que otras pero en general, muy buena!
Carol Brandon
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So far I have read The Matchweaver’s Loom by Alisha Klapheke, from this anthology. A surprising take on a fairy tale similar in concept to the Fates who work to decide everyone’s future. Fun! I received a free copy of this book, with no obligation.
Alegra Sterling
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful enchanted romancing stories

A phenomenal anthology mixed with magic and romance. Couldn't have wished for anything more. Each story pulls you a little deeper till flowering you with romance. All the stories were well crafted and written. What an extraordinary read. Thank you all for writing such a great novel for many to devour. Happy reading to all. Much love!!!!
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, a really good anthology. I joined a few new authors newsletters because of the starts of some of these stories. The romance was nominal, but natural in most stories and I like that. I can't wait for the next installment of Matchweaver's Loom as it was my favorite. I am also eagerly awaiting more to The Witch Collector, The Witch & the Warrior and Knight of the Dark Queen! ...more
Alexia Chantel
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tale, fantasy
I loved how each of these stories had the same fairy-tale vibe to them. This anthology is filled with magic, powerful beings, and romance. A great read!
Smut Report
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Review also available at The Smut Report.

Heat Factor: Characters remove clothing, but it rarely gets racier than that.

Character Chemistry: Distinctly lacking.

Plot: Maiden + Forest + Autumn Equinox

Overall: I would classify these stories as high fantasy, not romance

What do I mean by high fantasy? I mean elves and orcs and swords. I was expecting more along the lines of Wicca / modern day witches; the dedication is “for all those who still believe in magick,” which seems like it would support my a
Mar 30, 2020 added it
I am not going to rate this book because I've only read 4 stories.

Juliet Marillier's In Wraithwood was as expected - beautiful, tender, sad and hopeful. Reminiscent of the Blackthorn and Grim stories because the main character is a wise woman, I could easily envelop myself in the story. As with most really good short stories, it was all too short, but just the right length. 5 stars.

I also read the first three stories in the book. I enjoyed all three, but two of the stories ended abruptly. After
The Mysterious Reader
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once Upon an Enchanted Forest is really a perfect anthology for those who love romantic witchcraft stories. I’m counted in that number so for me this set is catnip. I’ve read about 2/3 of them so far and each has been well written, with a great plot and cast. If I had to pick out one fave it would be Rhianne and Werian’s tale in Alisha Klapheke’s The Matchweaver’s Loom, as the characters (witch included) are just so perfectly crafted and the story is totally fun. Really though, so far at least, ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love anthologies as they are a great way to try new authors out at a great price. And this one has stories based about witches. I loved the nod to old stories and the twists that were added. I liked them all and loved how some made me laugh and some groan. But they were all entertaining read. Kept me reading one after another since they we’re novelettes. Way too easy to keep reading and not stop. I had read a few of the authors and found new ones to try. Just fun to read. I posted my review wi ...more
Gayreth Walden
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ten well written romantic witch stories. Not my usual choice of stories, however, I have to admit these are really good. I enjoyed them all and one in particular was "The Matchweaver's Loom" by Alisha Klapheke. What does a human woman and a fae Prince have in common? Not going to tell you! You have to read it for yourself! It's a great story.... All the stories are entertaining fantasy tales. ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful anthology of beautiful, scary, enchanting stories! If you love this genre I highly recommend this book! The only downside was some of the stories only begin. To continue them you need to go to the writer's website. Othereise, loved it! ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very sweet, some better than others, but overall pleasant read
Barefoot Gypsy Jimerson
Good read

Nicely done ladys. Not a bad read. Well wrote by all. Makes the read want jump right in an have some fun.
Christine Woinich
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gift
I have not had much time to read this entire anthology, but I wanted to say that I really enjoyed The Witch Collector by Charissa Weaks. Folk tales may only be part truth, and Raina found this out the hard way. Her connection to the Witch Collector/Alexus was instanteous, and for the most part, her trust in him was also strong. With death and destruction all around, these two found their strength together and love. I look forward to reading more in this anthology as well as the next story in thi ...more
Caroline Atkins
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Novella's worth reading

I downloaded this book because I had already read and enjoyed works from 2 of the authors.some of these stories are a little disturbing, some a little more racy than books I would normally read but overall a brilliant collection of Novellas and I have since downloaded works by 2 other authors and look forward reading more of their work and adding these to my favourites authors.
Patricia Finnegan
Delightful Stories!

This anthology is the best I have ever read. I am a fan of Bethany Adams and loved her story in here. Then I started the others. I now have nine new authors to explore. Each short story was well written. Some left me wanting more. If you like stories of magic, you'll love this book.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great collection

Strong,creative stories about witches, generally with a romantic angle. All of them are different, all unique and some are very creative. The only caveat is that a few are simply teaser novellas for a longer novella they want you to buy although most are simply stand alone short stories.
I did not enjoy this book - too much insta-love. Nevertheless, I loved Juliet Marillier's short story. Everything she writes is pure magic. ❤️

Tânia @MyLovelySecret
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fabulous collection of stories. Each and every story is outstanding. One story by Alisha Klapheke, The Matchweaver’s Loom was superb.
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Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and grew up surrounded by Celtic music and stories. Her own Celtic-Gaelic roots inspired her to write her first series, the Sevenwaters Trilogy. Juliet was educated at the University of Otago, where she majored in music and languages, graduating BA and Bachelor of Music (Hons). Her lifelong interest in history, folklore and mythology has had a majo ...more

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