"More than a simple fairy tale"

Enchanted Beauty begins like the familiar tale of Beauty and the Beast. Annabelle goes to the local lord's enchanted castle to free her father from indentured servitude and volunteers to take his place to secure his release. Though not a hairy beast, Malachi, the Lord of Markham and a powerful wizard, bears terrible scars across his face. From there the similarities with the fairy tale diminishes as the story evolves into a more complex and interesting tale.

Annabelle has a malady of her own. A spell gone wrong has left her nearly blind and slowly dying. What's more, she is connected to the enemy wizard who was responsible for causing Malachi's terrible scars. Enchanted Beauty plays up the beast tamed by beauty theme on multiple levels with a scared wizard who must find the beauty within himself, while at the same time the story flips that around with another physically sound, even handsome, wizard who has committed some truly atrocious acts—a beast inside—then further with a beautiful and compassionate Queen who isn't at all what she seems. Even the war they are embroiled in isn't what it seems. Annabelle's unique way of looking at people brings to the surface what is really beautiful and what is truly beastly. Unfortunately getting others to see it just might require her life.

Enchanted Beauty is an enjoyable tale with lots of unexpected twists and turns and layers, but at the very heart is the satisfying love story involving a beautiful woman with the ability to see beyond the outward ugliness of a man with a noble heart.

Reviewed by Clover Autrey
Posted October 27, 2008


**A PNR Reviewer Top Pick**

Annabelle Hawthorne Morton hails from an ancient mystical line—even though she herself has not been endowed with the mark of magic that the magic-kind of Thaliana are born with. Despite this, she aspires for magical greatness, and while performing a spell the enchantment backfires in her face, robbing her of half her sight. But it doesn't take her long to realize that within a few months she will be completely blind. When her father enrages the local lord and he's imprisoned for his crimes, Annabelle must muster her courage and save her father from the beast's wrath.

Lord Malachi Hawthorne, Earl of Markham has been horribly disfigured during a magical battle. His sister betrayed him—and now her curse has put him into his own living hell. Believing that the outside world will revile him for his monstrous appearance, he retreats to his enchanted castle. He is determined to make Annabelle's father his indentured servant, until he meets Annabelle. He quickly decides that she is the one that might finally set him free from his living hell, and knows he must have her as his own.

LENGTH: Full Novel

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Enchanted Beauty
by Marly Mathews

New Concepts Publishing
August 1, 2008
Available: August 1, 2008
ISBN #1603942181
EAN #9781603942188
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