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The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld, reviewed by Sheena Singh


The Enchanted tells a unique story of a prison, a dark and deeply disturbing place, yet through the power of imagination and Denfeld’s poetic writing it is also a place that can offer redemption and escape. A place of brutish and monstrous inmates and corrupt guards, haunting pasts and the dreary present, with death awaiting many of the death row inmates trapped in the dungeons.

The story unfolds through the eyes of the narrator who introduces us to the Lady, York, The Fallen Priest and various other secondary but gripping characters. The Lady is an investigator who is researching the past of York, a death row inmate, to help his attorneys appeal his death sentence. What she uncovers is a horrific story of neglect, crime and the collective social complicity and apathy that led to shaping York’s life. York’s life strangely reflects the Lady’s own past.

The story also offers great insight into life in a prison. The daily power struggles, the abuse, the complete dehumanisation of the inmates.

The true strength of the novel however is the lyrical writing and the imagination of the narrator who finds escape from the dark world he occupies, through the flibber -gibbets and the golden horses under ground. Though it tells tales that are dark and disturbing, The Enchanted, also offers hope and redemption through the power of imagination to transcend.

The novel is largely reflective of Rene Denfeld’s own work as an investigator working for death row inmates. A quick read that will cast a spell on the reader.

The Enchanted

Rene Denfield

Harper Collins

287 Pages

Rating- 3/5


About artikaaurorabakshi

Artika Aurora Bakshi Artika Aurora Bakshi is the author of three well-acclaimed children’s books,My Little Sikh Handbook, My Little Sikh Handbook 2: Ardas, My Little Sikh Handbook: Travel Journal, and an anthology of stories, Hold On To Me. Her first story, set in Amritsar, during the pre-Partition period, All She Had Left, was published on Story Mirror. She co-manages, a manuscript help and book review site. Her passion for reading has led her to helping other writers with their manuscripts. She comes from a family of lawyers and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance. Currently based in Sri Lanka, she teaches Commerce and History on a part-time basis at an international school and enjoys being part of the literary scene in Sri Lanka. A regular at the Galle Literary Festival and other literary events in Sri Lanka, Artika’s articles and book reviews have featured in the Daily Mirror, Daily News, The Ceylon Chronicle, and various blogs, such as,,, She was actively involved with SAARC Women’s Association of Sri Lanka and was President of the Association in 2016. An avid reader, Artika runs an online book club with a membership base of over 600 members. Her quotes are featured under soul.nightingale on Instagram and on Soul Nightingale by Artika Aurora Bakshi on Facebook. Artika is also working on her fourth children’s book in the My Little Sikh Handbook series and a second anthology of stories for adults. You can reach Artika at .

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This entry was posted on January 26, 2015 by in Book Reviews, Guest Reviewers and tagged , .
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