Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Date of Publication: September 26th, 2017
A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
Well, this was no ACOTAR like I thought it would be since a lot of reviewers had compared it to that. However, I did like that Rook could change into a bird—maybe not a big deal, but I like birds! Plus the fair ones glamour covers up a type of beast-looking creature, so that was cool.
It took me a long while to get into this book. And even then, I didn’t feel totally invested. The writing is amazing with lovely words that I probably need a dictionary to look at the definition. However, I didn’t get the whole Craft thing, like how a fair one would die if they tried to cook their own food? Interesting concept but still. The “L” word was used too quick—the girl thought she was in love with the guy after first meeting. I’ve stated multiple times that I’m perfectly fine with automatic attraction but no need for that word!
Isobel was funny and Rook was cocky, so I liked those aspects, but I wanted more with the story. I’m so ecstatic that this is a stand alone because those are incredibly rare to find, so this is a jewel in itself. The world was nicely put together, so I would recommend it for that!
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