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The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff
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The Enchantment Emporium (2009)

by Tanya Huff

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not her typical... very interesting portrayal of modern witches. I think I enjoyed it more than her usual. ( )
  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
This was a book I could not finish. It was not my cup of tea, although many others seem to love it. I have a hard time even telling you what it was about, the beginning was that hard to comprehend. A young woman, miserable with her life (although much of that misery seems self-inflicted because her life isn't that bad), possibly she has magical powers? Her family seems to, although what sort and why I don't know, and also they all seem to be having lots of sex with one another. I never got to the dragons.

Supposedly it is a bad thing to tell one's readers about the world you are dropping them into, but this is going a bit far. I was lost at sea as to motivations of characters, and didn't care enough about any of them to see if later in the story things were explained. Also, the sex thing. Ewww. When I got to the point that I was finding anything to do except pick up this book to read, I went and read other reviews and saw that the sex powers the magic, and we are supposed to swallow the incest because it builds up the "power" in the family. Nope. Not a book for me. ( )
1 vote MrsLee | Dec 11, 2017 |
"L'emporio degli Incanti" è il nuovo romanzo autoconclusivo di Tanya Huff che, questa volta, si concentra su un'altra figura soprannaturale (o quasi): le streghe.

Dopo un inizio quasi traumatico, a causa dell'immensa famiglia Gale i cui nomi e gradi di parentela sono in grado di impesierire anche il più grande mnemonista, ci ritroviamo immersi nell'affascinante ed eccitante vita di Alysha Catherine Gale. Alysha perde il lavoro, ha una cotta storica per il suo miglior amico gay, ha pochi amici al di fuori dela famiglia e come tutti i Gale ama la sua casa. La "famiglia" per i Gale è qualcosa di particolare, di speciale. Non si tratta semplicemente di un "luogo" ma è, bensì, "il luogo": è il centro del loro potere.

A capeggiare l'immensa famiglia Gale, diversamente da quanto ci si possa aspettare, ci solo loro, le Zie. Comunemente considerate dal mondo come vecchiette arzille, simpatiche e amanti della bella cucina, nel romanzo di Tanya Huff invece ci troviamo a dover fronteggiare una schiera pressochè infinita di donne dalla parlantina inesauribile e "appuntita", con il pugno di ferro e una propensione al comando veramente spaventosa. Le Zie della famiglia Gale hanno il potere mentre gli uomini finiscono per avere... un bel paio di corna! E questo non a causa dell'infedeltà della donne Gale ma bensi perchè sembrano essere sempre sette volte gli uomini nati in famiglia.

L'autrice non ci spiega subito come si articola il potere di questi fantomatici Gale, lancia qualche indizio qua e la aumentando un po' la confusione ma stuzzicando la curiosità del lettore con maestria. Alcuni Gale possono spostarsi nello Spazio e nel Tempo, altri riescono a farti un incantesimo servendoti un pasticcino e da altri conviene diffidare se osano offrirti qualche dolce ricoperto di marmellata di mirtilli. Senza contare che sono, tutti, irrimediabilmente possessivi.

La follia iniziale che travolge il lettore si attenua leggermente quando Alysha scopre di aver ereditato un negozio da sua nonna, una delle pochissime Gale ad aver deciso di vivere lontani dalla famiglia. La nonna è sparita, o forse morta nessuno può dirlo, e Alysha è l'unica in diritto di recarsi presso l'emporio. Contro ogni "istinto Gale" lo farà e si recherà a riordinare il "rifugio" della vechia donna, sarà lì che incontrerà un changeling con l'aspetto di un adolesciente, un affascinante giornalista dal grilletto facile, uno stregone che sembra in grado di salvare il mondo di cui non si fida, un branco di Signori dei Draghi particolarmente affamati e seducenti e una mamma drago molto, ma molto, molto arrabbiata!

E Allie cosa farà? Si comporterà come ogni Gale che si rispetti e chiamerà a raccolta lo stormo di Zie in grado di gestire l'immenso potere dei Gale o si intestardirà a voler risolvere la situazione da sola? E se loro nel frattempo cominciassero ad arrivare di loro spontanea volontà? Come si spiegherebbe la capacità di Allie di riuscire improvvisamente a tenerli tutti sottocontrollo quanto solamente una "Zia" è in grado di farsi rispettare da una "maschio Gale"?

Una storia assolutamente fantastica in tutta la sua impalpabile e adrenalitica ironia, lo stile della Huff come sempre non delude e tutti i suoi personaggi sembra risplendere di vita propria mentre il caos di una fine apocalittica sembra scoppiare intorno a loro.

Vanno altresì aggiunti che in una storia dove le donne sembrano dirigere ogni atto della scena, gli uomini non perdono assolutamente "potere" anzi, l'autrice riesce a renderli ancora più speciali attribuendogli un potere assolutamente unico, anche se non magico. Loro possono "scegliere" e non si parla di donne, sesso o figlie, il concetto è assolutamente più profondo. David, fratello di Allie dagli incredibili poteri temuti da tutte le zie, è uno dei personaggi più belli, profondi e incredibilmente affascinanti del romanzo... Con tutte le corna!

Libro assolutamente consigliato a tutti gli amanti del genere fantasy, romantico e non. Non deluderà anzi, alla fine vi ritroverete quasi a sperare in un seguito, se non ci fosse la possibilità di rovinare una "perla rara" del fantasy moderno con un seguito che quasi certamente non riuscirà a raggiungere la magia del primo. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
First I must say that the family breeding program was pretty messed up. It was a keep in the family policy, and because there were so many girls then some got to breed outside the family. If the guy was accepted. But to be honest it never truly bothered me, Allie was not chosen by a cousin so I was a bit, ok, I can deal.

Allie left her family to start over in Calgary and take over her gran's weird shop. And of course things goes wrong at once. She meets a Fae, she sees...things I shall not mention but oh my. She meets someone who interests her. And as things starts to go down hill more of the family shows up to help her or just hang out. Calgary is the place to be.

The Gale family sure was an interesting bunch of people, I wonder how their powers came to be. Then I get to see that there is a lot of other beings out there too, and Under the Hill too.

The book gets its conclusion here. The next book is about Allie's cousin. I did like that because I knew where I left Allie at least then.

I do hope book 3 is about her brother though ;=) ( )
  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
Oh my! I really enjoyed this book. The Gale family and 1st, 2nd, 3rd ring and Alysha. Dragon Lords and Sorcerers. Graham and Alysha. I truly do hope it is the start of a series. I can see the distinct possibilities.

-This might be the start of a new series. If it is, its awesome so far! ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
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The Enchanted Emporium is a delight from start to finish—by turns humorous, romantic (when it's not downright lusty), and dramatic. Huff finds a way to blend all the disparate threads into an engaging whole, which is no easy task.

So far, this is easily one of my favorite books of the year.
 
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The Gales of Southern Ontario can change the world with the charms they cast, and they prefer to keep all this power in the family. The Gale Aunties are in charge of this clan, or like to think they are. Alysha, like all her cousins, often finds herself beset with too many Aunties trying to run her life.

So when a letter from her missing Gran arrives telling her that she's inherited a junk shop in Calgary, Alysha is ready and willing to honor her grandmother's last request to keep the shop open and serve "the community."

The Aunties, of course, want her to find out what really happened to Gran and come right back home, where they have her future mapped out for her.
It isn't until she arrives in Calgary that Alysha realizes it's the fey community she'll be serving in the Enchantment Emporium - and that one person's junk may be another person's magical treasure.
Finding out what happened to Gran will not be easy, especially since Alysha has no way of knowing just how much otherworldly trouble is brewing in Calgary. And even calling in family reinforcements may not be enough to save the day...
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0756405556, Hardcover)

The bestselling author of the Blood Books delivers a masterful new urban fantasy.

Alysha Gale is a member of a family capable of changing the world with the charms they cast. Then she receives word that she's inherited her grandmother's junk shop in Calgary, only to discover upon arriving that she'll be serving the fey community. And when Alysha learns just how much trouble is brewing in Calgary, even calling in the family to help may not be enough to save the day.

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Alysha Gale is a member of a family capable of changing the world with the charms it casts. Then she receives word that she's inherited her grandmother's junk shop in Calgary, only to discover upon arriving that she'll be serving the fey community. And when Alysha learns just how much trouble is brewing in Calgary, even calling in the family to help may not be enough to save the day.… (more)

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