The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer

Have I mentioned how much I enjoy these twins?

Alex and Connor are swept back into the Land of Stories, this time on purpose. As the title indicates, the Enchantress has returned and is after vengence.

We come back to a story that ups the complexity of it’s characters. Of course, this also makes the story more progressive than the last as well. The traditional princesses take a back seat here to Jack, Little Red Riding Hood, Goldielocks, and the Frog Prince. I felt like the girls really stole the show. It wasn’t that they did more, but that all their little quirks and excentricities were much more fun, except for Connor.

Connor was the only guy to hold his own among them. He had ideas and made calls that were not only brilliant but compassionate. His growth was right on point with Red. To be honest, Red was not among my favorites in the last story, but the depth she was given here turned that around. Alex had her own growth arc, but it was a predictable hero arc. It was fun to listen to, but overshadowed by her brother and Red who spent the story breaking out of their comfort zones and characterizations from the previous story. Alex, Goldielocks, the Frog Prince and Jack grew too, but not in the same way or to the same degree. They accepted who they were. Red and Connor grew.

As far as feminism goes, I appreciate Colfer’s insistence that there is more to every story and every person than what we see on the surface. I appreciate that he knows that the human capacity for courage and compassion are not dependent on caste, class, gender, sex, or even species.

Unfortunately, I’m going to have to interrupt this series because it’s finally my turn to get Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles, get it at your local library or my astore! ! Like all my fiction lately, I’ll be listening to it, which you can do on Audible or read it on Kindle.

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