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Wicked Enchantment (Dark Magick #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,051 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
First in a new series from the national bestselling author of "Witch Fury."
When the Summer Queen of the fae orders Aislinn Finvarra to act as a guide for a half-incubus who is known to possess dark magick and sexual power, she must protect not only her heart, but her very life.
ebook, 336 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Berkley Books
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I dunno, lots of people have recommended this author to me and I thought I'd give it a try with her new series. This is definitely a romance-oriented novel with some interesting fairy-lore world building. I kinda enjoyed it, but I had to get over a few hurdles early on namely...

WHY if they're in a fairy world with Unseelie and Seelie court dress and towers made of Quartz and crap (NOT interacting with the "real world" we know!!!) does the author describe the hot hero striding through the hall on
Shera (Book Whispers)
Genre: Paranormal Romance

After reading one of Bast's other books, Witch Blood (Elemental Witches, book 2) I had my doubts about trying this one. Witch Blood wasn't for me. Great idea, but smothered in too much sex. After reading some good reviews about the second book, Cruel Enchantment, I couldn't stop my curiosity reading the first one was my only option.

Let's just say I was pleasantly surprised. It's been hard finding good Fayre PNR. Laurel K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series—while
Isa Lavinia
This is one of those books which, instead of stars, I wish I could rate it a 14 on the pH scale - it was that basic.
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wicked Enchantment is the first novel in the Dark Magick series by Anya Bast. Wicked Enchantment is the first Bast book I've read and I really enjoyed it.
It starts out with the Seelie Summer Queen, Caoilainn Muirgheal orders Aislinn Finvarra to be a guide to an Unseelie visitor and half-incubus Gabriel Mac Braire. He has one week to decide if he wants to make permit residence in the Seelie court. Being Unseelie is somewhat looked down upon for the Seelie, but to also be and incubus.. that's jus
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
Wicked Enchantment by Anya Bast

When Aislinn Finvarra first sees Gabriel Mac Braire she can't help but to be curious about the half incubus who is know to possess dark magick, both lethal and sexual in nature. Rumors are all around of the women who have become enslaved to his irresistible charms. Which Aislinn sees as a big no, considering she's done with men at the moment because of her last failed relationship. Gabriel is said to want to switch court, so the Summer Queen of the Seelie Court of
Carolyn  Storer
This is the first book I've read by Anya Bast and it is the first book in her new Dark Magick series. I really enjoyed Wicked Enchantment. Bast's writing flows very well and I was pulled into the story within just a few pages. I liked Aislinn straight away too and Gabriel is just scrummy!

I have very limited experience when it comes to paranormal romance. It's not often a genre I dip into as I get too embarrassed with all the sexual shenanigans *blush* I like a bit of sexual tension and even the
Laurie Garrison
This is the first time I’ve read a book for the beginning of a series that I found easy to understand and flowed together so well, I had fun reading this book it was fresh and exciting, full of adventure and magick, nothing like I expected.

If you want to read this review and don’t want very many spoilers read to where it says, “SOPILERS”.

If you love these things you will love this book
A magick World unlike no other, I have read.
Magic animals,
Sexy men ridding on t
Apr 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I picked up this book due to seeing it on my friends' update feed. Based on the description, it should have been amusing, entertaining, thrilling and riveting! It was none of those things for me.

First off, the whole writing style bothered me. Specifically, the characters were so boring and flat that had they been pumped up with any more artificial life, they would have been cliched to a degree of embarrassment. As things stand now, I could just barely stand to read their responses and interacti
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full Review (spoiler-free) here:

Bast's new Fae Dark Magick series - dark, dangerous leading man Gabriel is Enchantingly Wicked

Wicked Enchantment finds Unseelie (dark Fae) incubus Gabriel petitioning for entry into the Seelie (light Fae) world. Aislinn is prominent member of the light fae court esteemed for the purity of her family's Seelie blood line. Having sworn off men after a suffering a humiliating breakup, Aislinn is less than thrilled when she is the one designated to show Gabriel around. Gabriel's magic has kept his
I found this very boring and tedious and I gave up at 30% after absolutely nothing happens. It's just endless repetitions of Gabriel attempting to be charming and seductive at Aislinn and she's all "I hate men and will not find this half-incubus sexy" until out of nowhere she does and then her willpower begins to rapidly crumble like a sandcastle against the incoming tide. Every now and then we were given hints of a bigger plot or shown that there's more to Aislinn's family history than meets th ...more
Kellie Maddox-Ward
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Most people I know don't really like reading about fairy's, goblin's trolls etc, but not me! I have loved the Fae world since I was a child (My grandma and I even made a fairy garden at her house that is still there for all the other grandchildren to play with/look after)

Ok so on to the book.
I liked it and give it 4 1/2 stars not 5 because I didn't love it.

Pro's ->
-Gabriel <3 - He may be unseelie but that just add's to his awesomeness. Your typical bad boy, dominating, take charge, sati
A waste of time. Not the very worst paranormal romance I've read, but I really didn't get into it. Too much emotional hand-wringing. I ended up skimming half the book, including the sex scenes. I just didn't like or care about the lead characters much. I won't read the rest of this series.

This is a modern fairy tale where fairies are "out" to humans and have been put in a magically barricaded city as a safety precaution after they had a very public war between the Seelie and Unseelie almost 400
Had a lot of potential to become something very intriguing. But it just never quite happened really. Not to mention that the story in general read really heavy and slow. Even given all the action sequences. There was also some really strange moments where the author had major information dumps at times or made her characters "all knowing". Which again made no sense given that NONE of their abilities ran towards omniscience or however that ability is spelled. Fingers crossed the second one goes b ...more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. While I like the idea of PNR, I've had very little luck in finding series I like in the genre. However lately it seems like I've had a streak of good luck. While I wouldn't say I'm totally crazy about it and there were a lot of silly PNR cliche's going on, I actually enjoyed reading Wicked Enchantment. It was fun to read and actually left me wanting to read more. :)
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going into this review, I read her short story in Hot For The Holiday's - Sweet Enchantment.
You do not HAVE to read this one first, but it did set the stage for the characters and the world I was fixing to step in.
Ms. Bast has created an amazing world; one I have not found myself diving into yet. This story was a pleasure to read and I easily slipped away to the world of the Seelie Court. I have to admit thought that I had a lot to learn of this world.

Let's start this off...

Please me
The big-picture story was interesting. Up close, the story was bogged down with unnecessary details including:

- precise details on what the characters were wearing (or more frequently, what they were NOT wearing; I swear, if I went braless as much as Aislinn goes braless, I'd be saggy by age 35). Also, I GET it, the guards in Rose tower wear rose and gold, and the guards in Black tower wear black and silver. This does not need to be repeated every time the guards are mentioned.

- repetitively lis
Amanda D.
I'm quite surprised that I wasn't in love with this book.

I'll applaud Mrs. Bast's world building and plot, even though at the beginning, I found the influx of information to be a little overwhelming. Reading Wicked Enchantment taught me a bit about myself as a reader in the fact that I'm more of a purist in terms of fantasy themes. I love plots that revolve around the fey and I do my best to inhale them like a crazy woman during Girl Scout cookie season. However, if you're going to incorporate
Heather C (Darkly Reading)
How can you resist the seductive charm of a sexy-half incubus? Aislinn finds herself trapped between her growing physical attraction to Gabriel the half-incubus and the need to protect her heart after a terrible public break-up with her former flame Kendall. Aislinn has been assigned to play host to Gabriel, a potential defector from the Unseelie court in the Black Tower, by the Queen of the Seelie court. What Aislinn doesn’t realize is that Gabriel has an agenda as well, one to seduce her into ...more
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wicked Enchantment is the first book in the Dark Magick series by Bast and an incredibly engaging story! Both the Unseelie and Seelie courts are stuck together in this town called Piefferburg jailed by an unbreaking curse done by a race of druids called the Phaendir. Due to this, they have to learn to uneasily co-exist together. Aislinn Finvarra is part of the Seelie, actually called Rose, Court while Gabriel Mac Braire is part of the Black, you guess it - Unseelie, Court. Well, until he shows u ...more
Wicked Enchantment
4.5 Stars

Numerous fae races are in existence and they have been incarcerated for hundreds of years. Aislinn Finvarra, one of the Seelie fae, has been assigned to escort Gabriel Mac Braire, an Unseelie fae, who has apparently decided to defect to the Seelie. Aislinn will soon discover that everything she believes about herself is a lie, and that dangerous forces both from within and without are working to destroy everything she holds dear. Ultimately, she and Gabriel mu
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very different take on fae legend. The fae have been rounded up and relocated to—what I can only compare to as—a reservation called Piefferburg. It’s a small scrap of land where they are trapped and allowed to live their lives behind a thick and magical wall. As with most fae stories there is the Seelie court, who live in the rose tower, and an Unseelie court, who live in the black tower.

The mysterious half incubus Gabriel from the black tower comes to petition the Summer Queen for re
Nov 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, magic, pnr
This is an interesting new series featuring the fae. Once again like most fae books you have the Seelie, or good as they are perceived, and the Unseelie, or the bad as they are perceived. But like life good and bad are not always what it is supposed to be.

Aislinn, by her familial heritage is one of the highest born Seelie with a pure bloodline, but she has her own secrets and has never felt like a part of the Rose court. It takes getting her world shaken up by Gabriel, an incubus who has an age
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the story that came before this book so I was surprised by how dull this book was. The pace seemed slow compared to the previous story and the main characters pale. I realise Aislinn lead a kind of sheltered life, but she didn't really do much in the book. And the sex scenes were annoying. I know Gabriel was suppose to be an Alpha, but he didn't seem to care at all what Aislinn wants in bed and doesn't let her play as she'd like (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Wicked Enchantment is the 5th book I've read from Anya Bast. Her novels have been hit and miss for me. Two I thoroughly enjoyed and three were just okay. After reading and enjoying Witch Fury, I read a preview of Wicked Enchantment and was looking forward to reading it. However, it was dissapointing for many reasons. First, Ms. Bast unsuccessfully attempts to fuse the world of the ancient fae with current day. At times, I felt as though I was reading a book set in ancient time. She writes of how ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Things I did not appreciate:
a) the long-ass full names everyone seems to feel the need to pronounce
b) calling a woman a floozy in one paragraph and saying how it's important a man is not misogynistic in the other... it's like, do you even hear yourself
c) "he tasted like ... and man"... okay... eau de man... in your local drugstore... literally never because what the actual fuck is a "man" smell/taste?? Is it like... manly? Protecting? Just what??
d) a little different description of sex than I wa
Kate MacKinnon
This was better than ok but I did struggle to get into it and found the 'world-building' too forced.

I know the story is about the fae but the 5 word names that are impossible to pronounce in any language just irritates me. It made it difficult to get into the story. The author also tried to describe every detail she thought necessary at the start rather than building the world and the history as the story progressed. This is what I found too forced.

However, after about 60 pages I was finally int
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wicked Enchantment was an entertaining and fast read revolving around the fae, the Seelie and the Unseelie. The whole setup in the world surrounding the fae was for the most part a typical fae fairy tale except the humans are aware of them and have the fae magically trapped in a city built for especially for them. The excitement in the story was the twists and turns that Anya Bast mixed in throughout the story that kept it entertaining, and the colorful characters. Oh, and I loved the build up i ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars...I did like this book and will plan to read more of the series soon. There was, of course, world-building in this first book of the Dark Magick series..It was a bit convoluted at first but wasn't overly tedious by midpoint. It's a pretty cool world of the fae, humans, and anti-fae enforcers. The whole imprisoned world of the fae premise is very unique. Gabriel and Aislinn are strong, interesting characters with amazing abilities. I spent much of the book wondering whether Aislinn wou ...more
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Enjoyable. I started off not liking Aislinn, but then she changed and I realized she wasn't the weak, selfish, shallow character I thought she was. Selfish, shallow, and weak DOES fit most of the characters living in the Rose Tower. A decent storyline and enjoyable secondary characters (some who will get their own book since there are 3 more in this series).
One thing: This made for some interesting and at times, exhausting reading- the names.
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“Some called it “the Furious Host,” but Gabriel thought they were only mildly annoyed. Probably more so than usual since he’d been making them wait.” 0 likes
“Aislinn’s mother didn’t know that her daughter possessed another skill besides prophetic dreaming. A much darker one. An ability that would put her on the other side of Piefferburg Square, with the monsters. It was the reason she couldn’t have anyone living with her. They might notice her odd behavior as she dealt with her ability and tell the queen about it. Aislinn could communicate with the dead.” 0 likes
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