Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff
While I did enjoy it, I am somewhat let down by this book. There were some aspects of it I really, really liked, but other things bothered me a lot.
What I liked was the overall quirkiness of the story, the eccentric and likeable characters, and the fact that there is much less violence than there usually is in what is now categorized as Urban Fantasy. Only one characters dies, a very evil one, and even the description of his death is not graphic. The same goes for the sex, and there is a lot of it in the book, but it's insinuated rather than described in detail. At the same time all the insinuation in this book is what made me enjoy it less. So many things are only suggested and not described at all, for example the leading character is from a large matriarchal family of witches, but the word “witch” is never actually used. It is suggested they can draw charms, do spells, only good ones, but there is little explanation in regards to their magic. For me to get into a fantasy story it is necessary to have some kind of explanation, but there is none in this book. Another thing that is suggested is that the young ones in the family get together at rituals and have sex until the women “chose “ the one they want to marry. What I found a bit creepy was that the sex that takes place is between cousins. I often found the writing to be confusing. There are too many characters. I felt like I was reading the second or third book of a series where it is already assumed you know about the universe in which the story takes place.
Nevertheless I probably will still read the second book in this series when it comes out.
Oh, and a word of warning, all the women in this novel are constantly baking pies and I found myself craving pie the entire time I read it, just like I craved cinnamon rolls after reading Robin McKinney’s “Sunshine”.