Enoch K. Enns

Father, Author, & Writer

Reviews

THE GRAND ATTRACTION: PARTS I-IV "Enns crafts a complex and well rendered world set in a dimension between realities in this engaging novel. Carls Locke embarks on a frantic quest to save his missing daughter, a journey through a hellish realm full of danger and magic in which he is pursued around every corner by nightmarish creatures. Wonderfully original and featuring a number of compelling characters and settings, Enns's novel is an edge-of-the-seat adventure and a touching story about the lengths a father will go to protect his daughter."

Critic's Report, BookLife Prize for Fiction

FAULDON'S DREAM AND THE KARIER OF THE TASK "I absolutely loved reading this book! It is a super fun story, filled with creative creatures, a unique world, and a variety of characters (Still trying to pick my favorite one!). The writing style may take people by surprise. I would describe it as old timey English with streaks of modern and having bits of randomness thrown in as well, making for a very unique read. I personally enjoyed the blend of antique and new.
"I really appreciate how Enns writes deeply and even poetically at times. Kids can enjoy the fun story, but adults can go deeper if they want to and pull tidbits of wisdom, thought-provoking ideas, and encouragement from this book. It left me feeling uplifted and also challenged to strive for honor. AND intrigued to know more! I really recommend this book and think Enns has the potential to go places with his writing!"

Amazon Customer Review

FAULDON'S DREAM AND THE KARIER OF THE TASK "I absolutely loved it! I could tell, within the first three pages, that Fauldon's Dream and the Karier of the Task was going to be a thrilling ride. Great quotable characters, intriguing use of wordage, and a new realm ripe for exploration. I would recommend this wonderful book to anyone in need of a light, but slightly deep, and a quick, but leisurely, new adventure. In the famous words of Sir Knowington himself, "Shall we be off?"

Rachel, Goodreads Review

FAULDON'S DREAM AND THE KARIER OF THE TASK "Mr. Fauldon is jobless and desperate (a situation many readers can relate to, I’m sure). While wandering the city streets trying to make ends meet, he comes across a curious shack offering employment. Nervous but hopeful, Mr. Fauldon steps inside and soon finds himself transported to the strange world of Euphora, tasked with the role of “carrier”- a job and title he won’t come to fully understand until late in his journey.

Mr. Fauldon is a passive character. Rather than taking decisive action, he typically allows things to happen to him instead. Any time he tries to question his circumstances, he is met with light mockery or dismissal by his apparently omniscient companion, Mr. Knowington. To a reader used to modern fantasy with active, decisive heroes this can feel odd, even tedious at times. But Fauldon’s passivity is clearly a very deliberate decision on Enns’ part rather than simply bad writing. The story seems to be an homage to Victorian-era adventure fiction in the spirit of H. Rider Haggard, where the protagonist was led on what amounted to a “sightseeing tour” of the strange world they ended up in. The reader is meant to focus not on Mr. Fauldon but on the lush, strange world of Euphora. And there is certainly plenty to see. There are mushroom people and golems made of fire, magic silk that can weave portals through the ground, playing cards enchanted with powerful, djinn-like beings, and many more, even odder things.

Enns’ writing style is deliberately anachronistic. It is at times ebullient, at times casual. There are shades of L. Frank Baum, E. R. Eddison, and James P. Blaylock’s more whimsical adventures. The author’s frequent asides throughout the story are reminiscent of Elizabethan-era plays, a resemblance that is further reinforced by the chapter titles which are all labeled by “scenes”.

In his afterword, Enns’ says that there are more adventures to come in the world of Euphora, so hopefully readers will be able to explore deeper into the stories of the characters we have seen so far. The writing style is definitely not for those looking for a typical modern fantasy or pulpy action adventure. But fans of Victorian and early-20th-century fantasy fiction will find much to enjoy in Fauldon’s Dream."

John Meszaros, Goodreads Review