Enchantment – Pati Nagle Review

Holly Parker’s life changes forever when she visits Enchantment Spring with her older sister Madison. They hike through the woods, and when they reach the spring, Holly’s disappointed. A concrete coffin full of water? She expected a pool surrounded by flowers, birds, dancing dragonflies.

But fine. They eat the lunch they packed, and lounge around in the sunshine a while. As they get ready to leave, Holly dabbles her fingers in the water.

And sees a face beneath the surface.

The joy of first love fills her, but Holly’s happiness turns to horror when she learns that the government plans to demolish Enchantment Spring. Her passion for Ohlan — the beautiful water spirit who inhabits the spring — is so strong that she’ll gladly risk her life, standing between the spring and the backhoes, to save him.

Holly and her sister Madison take a trip up to Enchantment Spring, which turns out to be more of a coffin of water. Inside, Holly sees a young man, but her sister Madison is unable to see him. She finds out this man is Ohlan, guardian of the spring, who has recently been weakened. Because Holly is already half in love with him, she sets out to find out what’s weakening him. Soon, she realizes that the trail has been marked for a restoration project, and Ohlan might die because of it.

I received this book from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. I found the beginning to be a little rushed. It seemed like Holly met Ohlan really quickly (and fell in love with him even more quickly). I liked how Ohlan wasn’t the only water spirit she met. In fact, the whole idea of water spirits is interesting. Instead of being dark or dangerous, Pati Nagle decides to make them loving protectors, guardian spirits. You can’t help but wish the world was as magical as Holly’s world.

Things that don’t ring true: teenagers and college students with fanny packs. When was the last time you saw anyone with fanny packs? Also, Holly’s relationship with her parents and sister was a little confusing at times. They obviously worry about her and the pressure for her to choose a university from her parents is understandable, but the relationship just seemed a little false, as if Pati Nagle was writing the relationship she thought teenagers had with their parents.

I tried to get into this book, but I just couldn’t get past how artificial the relationships were. Also, the ending was so anticlimactic! An okay read to kill some time.


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