The Enchantment Emporium

The Enchantment EmporiumI discover this book and Tanya Huff via the recommendation in Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine.

Maybe it was because English is my second language and that I am also new to the fantasy genre, the first chapter of The Enchantment Emporium was hard to read, too many people, too many things happening. However, I got the feel of the craziness of a large family getting together, especially when I also came from a similar family.

Then the story moves on without missing a beat. Her style seems choppy and unlike other books I have read. It took me a while to read at my normal speed. But once I got used to it, I had to force myself not to pick up the book until I was done working.

What I like the most of this book is that although there are dragons, wizard, leprechaun, and supernatural forces, everything else is something we have encountered in our own lives.

Finding MagicAfter I finished The Enchantment Emporium, I became curious about her other writings. Among her short stories in Finding Magic, my favorite story is “I knew a guy once.” Her talents and skills allow her to tell stories in many different tones and methods, great examples for a new writer like me.