My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the debut novel written by Rene Tenfold and I really liked it.
The title is based on an enchanted place, being an old stone prison which is described by a death row inmate named York.
Without any life’s perpective, he has visions of golden horses beneath the prison, certainly as a symbology of a desperate search and wanted liberty.
Two other two main characters play an important role in the narrative: the Fallen Priest and The Lady.
The Lady is assigned to York’s case and by retrieving his mother’s and himself life of abuse, she is trying to save York’s life.
What makes this book unique and then different of similar books? It is the way the writer managed to describe the feelings of the characters without any kind of pragmatism. Even the description of “the enchanted room” – the execution chamber, is very realistic as shown in many movies about this subject.
I would not classify this book as being of a magical realism genre as claimed by several readers and reviewers as well.
According to Wiki, “magical realism is a genre where magical or unreal elements play a natural part in an otherwise realistic (often mundane) environment.
It is a matter of opinion of course since here the term “enchanted” is applied for several denominations – the prison, the golden horses and the execution room.