Five Star February: Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

 Title  Enchantment 
 Author:  Orson Scott Card
Summary:  The moment Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay still as death. But beneath the foliage a malevolent presence stirred and sent the ten-year-old Ivan scrambling for the safety of Cousin Marek’s farm.Now, years later, Ivan is an American graduate student, engaged to be married. Yet he cannot forget that long-ago day in the forest–or convince himself it was merely a frightened boy’s fantasy. Compelled to return to his native land, Ivan finds the clearing just as he left it.This time he does not run. This time he awakens the beauty with a kiss . . . and steps into a world that vanished a thousand years ago. [1]
Why I Loved It:  This one is easy.  Fairy tales!  And not a typical retelling but one with the Great Bear and Baba Yaga and gods and grannies.  Easily in my top favorites and for me easily the best thing Card has ever written.
Who would like this:  Who would like this: Like retellings?  Like Russian fairy tales? Like enchantments?
Favorite Quotes: “What good were the rules of time when the rules of magic contradicted them.””The old tale of Sleeping Beauty might end happily in French or English, but he was in Russia, and only a fool would want to live through the Russian version of any fairy tale.”

“Then they, too, lay down on mattresses stuffed with straw, hearing the music of the flies to buzz them to sleep, holding each other’s hands as they dozed, thinking of the miracles by which love works its will in the world.”