Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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.
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This book is on the line between 3.75 and four stars. I rounded up to four, but it could qualify as a 3.75. Just so we’re on the same page 😊
I felt the writing and pacing were fine – the plot never slowed down, which is good, and I was never confused by any of the descriptions.
As far as the characters go, I liked Isobel: and I found her very down-to-earth and realistic.
Rook was definitely a character that I don’t see often, and I really enjoyed him! His vanity and his self-importance didn’t make him seem like a arrogant prick, as often comes across. Just really narcissistic.
The faeries in this book weren’t like they were in other books. Like ACOTAR for example. They were narcissistic, and cunning and totally not what I was expecting.
I could see how this could throw some people off, but I actually really liked it! I didn’t feel like I was reading something that had already been used.
I found the romance to be something interesting – it wasn’t insta-love, as it might be perceived. What I got from this is that Isobel, like most everyone, had a crush.
Insta-love is basically where the main character sees the love interest (boy or girl, though usually a boy) and now our MC is all like “I want to spend my life with the person and I love them more than anything!”. This usually comes after two or less meetings between characters.
So I didn’t see this as insta-love. Trust me, I’ve read some insane insta-love books, and this wasn’t one of them.
I’ve seen people who were upset about the lack of action in the end. Personally, I didn’t expect any, simply because the synopsis didn’t promise any. It promised Fair Ones (faeries) and a love story.
So the amount of action that did come in the end was pleasing, simply because I didn’t expect anything at all.
As far as the world building goes, I feel like it was a bit lacking. For instance, Isobel mentions the World Beyond a few times, and how it’s supposed to be dangerous. But never goes into detail whether it’s a continent, or an island, or if Whimsy is an island or a city, or anything like that. Even in the faerie world, we really visit two out of the four courts. I would have liked more from that.
I felt the writing and pacing were fine – the plot never slowed down, which is good, and I was never confused by the description.