Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: September 2017
Number of Pages: 300
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.
Oh. My. FRIIIIIIIIGGGG!!
I love this book so much….
This review is going to be so messy, because there are so many things I love and I don’t think I can form a coherent sentence that could do it justice. So, it’s going to be one big messy scream…..
First of all. Art. Art is a big part of this book.
The fair folk love art. No. They are obsessed with art. Any form of creating you can think of, they crave it. They want to have all the art in the world, because they can’t create it. Not that they are unskilled (I bet some of them could be amazing artists) but because they will literally turn to dust the second they start trying to create. Which is so sad when you think about it… They can’t cook, write, or paint… Imagine not being able to create something you love.
However…. because the fair folk can’t create their own Craft and such, they depend on the humans for it. And let me tell you… One of the most adorable things about this book (other than Rook… we’ll get to him) was the way the fair folk reacted to the craft.
They were all so fascinated and excited by it! These fair folk, are immortal beings who can; cast powerful and dangerous enchantments, literally have the physical strength to kill you with a pinky finger, and most of them have other abilities too (one could tell the future, etc). But as soon as they watched Isobel craft, they were starstruck. It was honestly too cute! Definitely on the list of “Most adorable things I have ever read.”
I liked Isobel as the lead character. I really liked her attitude, she was just here to do her art, get some awesome enchantments and that was that. So, when she got swept away into something she was unfamiliar with, she knew that she needed to be careful and tip toe through the situation.
I especially liked the way she wasn’t instantly convinced that what she was feeling was love, she thought it was but didn’t act on it without thinking. She considered it. T’was refreshing for a heroine to think about her feelings for a while, before doing something Cray-Cray.
Now…. Rook. Rook was so precious! He was vain. But precious. He was fair folk and could kill anyone super fast for sure, and to double that he is a prince. But the literal second he was introduced you could tell he was different from the other fair folk. While all the other fair folk we had been introduced to (prior to Rook entering the game) were all refined, polished and well mannered. And then Rook comes crashing in all, “What’s up! I killed this beastie for you, you good? Do ya liek ma sword??” (He did have excellent manners FYI, this is just how I see his entrance tbh). All in all Prince Rook is a curious, innocent, heartbroken little bean. 10/10 must protect!
Romance was in someways the centre of this book, and if you’re a mushy fluff addict like myself then frick you should read this book right now! But love wasn’t the only thing going on in this book, there were other elements that I really enjoyed.
For one the magic was well written, it wasn’t portraying anyone as like this all powerful super being (there was one dude who was kinda described like that but psssssssshhh). I also really liked the other characters, some of them I loved (I loved Isobel’s younger twin sisters, they were goats but were enchanted by a fair folk so now they’re human and they cause a lot of trouble and are perfect ok?), some of them I was terrified of (not gonna lie Aster creeped me out a bit).
I really loved the writing in this book. At first I wasn’t so sure of it but after a few chapters I was sold. It was so flowy and descriptive (not descriptive to the point that it’s boring, but descriptive in the sense that everything in this world is so beautiful!!).
This book has me all:
I gave this book a 5 out of 5 Stars!!
I will definitely be looking out for more books by this author!
Have you read An Enchantment of Ravens?? What did you think of it?? Is it still sitting on your TBR???