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Enchantment

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  24,522 ratings  ·  2,334 reviews
In Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

The moment Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay still as death. But beneat
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Paperback, 422 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jen
May 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Warning, I'm being totally honest. You may not agree.

This book is awful! If it were a movie, I should have walked out hours ago. Instead, I just wanted to know what happens. And when I actually got to the end of the book about 3 minutes ago, it wasn't even a very good ending!! It took 350 pages to build up to an anti-climactic ending.

Why is it awful? The author uses every opportunity to throw in a foul word or sexual comment. It's like he's a 14-year-old boy who thinks it's fun to talk about be
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Melissa
Apr 09, 2008 rated it liked it
I almost really loved this book. However, for me it suffers from the same problem that other Orson Scott Card books do...the characters (not the Ender's series but his other books). The plot of this book is truly brilliant. It is very creative and fun and imaginative. It is a great story but the characters...oh, help us. They just aren't all that great. I mean they say the things they should say and do the things they should do but I think the author is lacking in his ability to tap into the sub ...more
Steph
Jan 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in modern fairy tales, russian forlklore, fantasy, medieval Russian history
Recommended to Steph by: Ed
Days before young Ivan's family moved out of Russia, he stumbled upon something terrifying and magical during a walk in the forest. Frightened, he ran. Years later, while visiting his childhood home, he finds himself drawn to the same clearing, only this time, he stumbles unwillingly into the midst of an unfolding drama for events that happened--are happening--hundreds of years earlier.

Readers of fairy tales and Russian mythology will appreciate how Card carefully yet effortlessly works familiar
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Alysia
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is one book that my husband and I both enjoy and love to read together over and over. One of our favorites. It is a modern day Sleeping Beauty story, but it doesn't end when he wakes her up. Instead, the couple goes through the struggles of getting to know and understand eachother, including trying understand eachother's cultures, which are hundreds of years apart. They must learn how to love eachother and support eachother in trials and danger (which includes being chased through time and ...more
Lindsy
Jan 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
On the surface this book sounds great. Fairytales, fantasy, basis in actual folklore type stuff; it's even decently written.

However I found the characters so unlikable that the story was ruined for me. The main character abandons a fiancee that he was very happy with...*until* he met the princess. How..quaint and realistic. I hope you can detect the sarcasm. The mother is bordering on cruel to the previous fiancee. I do think the personalities and relationship, for the most part, were interprete
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Julie
Oct 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book was unbelievably clever,

A professional runner studying dead languages - happens to take an internship... being about the only person in the entire world who could survive what happens to him.

The thought of reading ancient stories and having them be about your mom, or dad, or something that's happening to you right now...

The politics and religion of the ancient world were genius - and critical to suck a reader in to believe the situation is plausible.

The thought of ancient Gods coming
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Julie
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As we outgrow our childhood, we say goodbye to many fun traditions. No longer do we believe in the Easter Bunny or hope that the Tooth Fairy will bring us gifts in the night (although some financial assistance for crowns and wisdom teeth extractions would be nice). With adulthood, we stop reading books that begin with “Once upon a time… ”. But, some days, when work is, well work, and newspapers are filled with stories about the bad economy, a fairy tale seems like the perfect escape from the rea ...more
Margaret
Oct 02, 2007 rated it really liked it
So generally I don't read science fiction. But, I had two friends highly recommend this book. "My favorite book," one of them said. So I read it. Not easily at first because I don't read a lot of fiction these days. But, you know what....it was a delightful book. I really did enjoy it. A little romance. And not the normal science fiction that I was expecting. Good stuff all around.
Jay G
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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2.5/5 Stars

Ivan is a Russian scholar who moves to America with his family when he is a young boy. He decides to visit Russia in order to work on his thesis. When he returns, he stumbles across a magical valley where a beautiful girl lays asleep on a raised platform guarded by a bear. After freeing the princess with a kiss Ivan finds himself transported back hundreds of years where the
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Erica
This one's hard for me because every single time I look at the title, I hear this in my mind and it gets tiresome after awhile.
Gabe knows what I'm talking about.
Kat probably does, too, come to think of it.

March 12:
I've made it to the halfway mark.
There's a chance this gets better, there's a chance that all the characters stop being little puppet people cut outs, there's a chance everything stops sounding so confused - is it light-hearted silliness? Is it fairy tale fantasy? Is it intellectual h
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Stephen
3.5 stars. Another quality effort by Orson Scott Card. Right between "I like it" and "I really like it" (hence the 3.5 stars), this is a smart, well written re-telling of Sleeping Beauty with a Russian twist. Would have been a 4 star effort from most other writers, but having read some of OSC's superior work (Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead andHart's Hope), I hold him to a higher standard. Definitely worth reading.
Jim
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1audio, 2fiction, fantasy
A neat take on a Russian Sleeping Beauty story that goes beyond 'happily ever after' & the kiss. There are gods, but they're not all-powerful. There's a wonderful wicked witch & a lot of good people along the way. A really interesting sojourn in 900AD life, too.

It sagged a bit half way to 3/4 of the way through. Too much internal dialogue that was repetitive. It's worth getting through as the end is quite good. Very well narrated, my preferred way to read OSC's novels now. He writes the
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Nicholas Kotar
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
It's ok. a bit uneven in tone, and I didn't particularly like the forays of the fairy tale princess into the modern world. The stuff in old Rus was far more interesting.

This could just be a personal thing, but I don't really like deconstructions of legends. This veers a bit close to that by offering some "cute" explanations for the some of the staples of Russian fairy tales like the hut on chicken feet and Ivan the Idiot. I prefer to have a sense of mystery around my legends.

Still, it was enjo
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Kressel Housman
I started this retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” immediately after finishing City of Thieves , and I was fully expecting to be transported to a radically different world. Imagine my surprise when this book picked up more or less where the last had left off – in the Soviet Union (albeit the 1970’s, not post-war). I got to the enchanted forest eventually, but it took a couple of chapters.

The book is a fusion of the fairy tales of Sleeping Beauty and Baba Yaga, the baby-eating witch of Russian folklo
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rivka
Jul 04, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: osc
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Tandie
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Russian fairytale fans
I just realized that I've never written a review for this wonderful thing! I'll just copy what I wrote in a rec to a friend for now. I'll write a more detailed review after a reread.

DO IT! Favorite Russian fairy tale of my heart. There is Baba Yaga. A talking scary bear. A sleeping beauty. Time travel that doesn't suck. I've never loved anything else OSC has written, this is a major departure. Loved both the book & the audio.

NOTE ABOUT AUTHOR-MY PERSONAL BELIEFS
I'd also like to add that I re
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Flannery
Aug 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a great retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I love anything that has to do with Russia so that was an added bonus! When I was learning Russian my teacher told me about Baba Yaga (this scary witch woman from old Russian folk tales) and she is in this book as a character so that was pretty interesting.

Also, there are a lot of times I was pissed at Katarina for the shit she put Ivan through. If I were him I would've just kicked her in the shin and freaking booked it back to the future. Neverthel
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Patti
Dec 14, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book was worth reading. There were elements I loved - the slight skewing of fairy tale, and the contrast between the modern world and the ancient world makes for unlimited writing fodder. As always, Card's use of enchantment and sorcery is charming. The anthropologist in me loved the discovery of ancient language and early writing. The story was definitely good.

What I didn't like is that in many areas it read like a romance novel. The are sections of the book where the constant inner dialog
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Luke Zwanziger
Feb 26, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
As a fan of Orson Scott Card, I absolutely hated this book. A mediocre retelling of fairy and folk tales (mostly from Russia) this book was cliche, drawn out, and often boring. Where intrigue and drama was trying to be built by the use of modern magic, it felt trite and forced. A mix of A Connecticut Yankee in King Authors Court with Sleeping Beauty. Complete with crashing a jetplane in the past (explaining Baba Yaga folk tale with her flying chicken legged house.)

While the retelling of folk tal
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Freckles
No teda, to hodnocení si ještě musím rozmyslet, váhám mezi 4 a 5 hvězdičkami...
Ale vážně by mě zajímalo, jestli Orson Scott Card někdy viděl Mrazíka... Ha, Ivan! :)
Arisawe Hampton
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Good, but I would say it falls short from the rest of his body of work. I find myself rather disappointed to be sure. I would if it comes with trying to 'update' or 'retell' a fable that has been rewritten endlessly through the ages.

My suggestion would have been to firstly choose other character names. I found them to be the most distracting element overall. If one's names don't seem to 'fit' the person/character I feel like they are 'fictional' and I have a difficult time investing myself into
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Sally
OMG that was just so freaking cool! :D My last book for 2011, which I couldn't finish because it's kind of enormous, and so my first for 2012 as well. A nice end AND start to the years :D And I was hooked in straight away, there was no gradual warming up - I loved it from the start. The writing is just so delicious, and the tale itself so rich and wonderful... the perfect mix of fairy-tale fantasy and darkness. I LOVED the language geekery so much as well, that was utter brilliance. And the snap ...more
Amy
This book came highly recommended, but for the life of me I can't remember who recommended it. Based on my friends' reviews, not someone on Goodreads.

Enchantment certainly had potential. I was bored by the beginning but intrigued by the idea of the plot, so I kept reading. I enjoyed the middle but grew bored again and tired of the characters. Finally I reached the end where I conclude...it wasn't bad. But it wasn't a book I needed to read. This isn't one of those classics you force yourself thr
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Angie Taylor
May 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I just read this again. It was fun to delve again into the minds of Katarina and Ivan and recognize the beautiful difference between men and woman. I found myself thinking of my marriage and how I use words to heal or hurt those I care about. I love this story. Not only is it a fabulous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but it is beautiful commentary on the power and magic that can exist in marriage between a man and a woman.

So I love returning to some of my favorite stories, and just like the firs
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Apatt
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Orson Scott Card is of course best known for Ender's Game, an sf classic to be sure but he has written several other books which to my mind are equally good. Unfortunately these tend to be overlooked as readers are so enamored of the Ender series. Consequently Enchantment is unjustly less than famous.

As the title suggest, this is a fantasy novel. The story is based on the original Russian version of Sleeping Beauty, folk tales, and some Slavic history. Card's writing is always crystal clear and
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Kimberlee Isaacson
Feb 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
Tracy, please don't hate me. I tried really hard to like this book, especially since you like it so much, but I just couldn't get into it. I think I have something against Orson Scott Card. This is about the 3rd book of his that I've started and couldn't finish. Ender's Game was one of those, but I'm going to dig deep and get through it eventually since everyone loves it. I got in about 150 pages on this one, and just couldn't keep going. Am I reading too much lately that I'm just getting too pi ...more
radiovalkyrie
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have always been interested in Russian folklore, and it was fun to see it come to life in an extremely engrossing and epic way. Wonderful book.

However, Orson Scott Card is still a homophobic bastard and he'll never see a penny of my money.
asra
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
Sleeping Beauty is awakened not by Prince Charming, but a Jewish-American graduate student with a penchant for Slavic languages and long distance running. Ivan Smetski returns to his childhood home of Ukraine for some research and relaxation. While on a run, he seeks out a meadow in a forest he once came upon as a child. To his surprise, the woman he saw lying asleep on a pedestal all those years ago was not a figment of his imagination. After defeating a bear that guards "sleeping beauty," Ivan ...more
Abeer Hoque
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I listened to Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (of Ender's Game fame - still one of my favourite books) on audiobook, because I had some long trips coming up. It wasn't a book I had been wanting to read (random pick from the library), but it filled the time quite easily, and I found out that I like to listen to audiobooks while running - yay for multitasking!

Enchantment had a promising premise - a modern retelling of the Sleeping Beauty saga. However, it quickly becomes an ordinary but well rese
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Rachel
Nov 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
I started this book on the recommendation of a friend, who commented that the author's biases were rather restrained here. I cannot agree with this statement.
I gave up on this book on a plane when my next book was out of reach. I couldn't take any more of the Madonna/whore view of women or the unlikeable characters (hero, heroine, minor characters...). When I gave up, frustrated with all of them, it was because I realized that the character I empathized with most and the one I wanted to succeed
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series Th
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