Wow, oh wow, was I pleasantly surprised by this gem of a book. I have to admit that I’m not immediately drawn to stories involving Fae, as there’s a 50/50 change I’ll either like it or hate it. But I was waiting for some audiobooks from the library and An Enchantment of Ravens popped up in my head. I’ve heard some people rave about it while others didn’t really like it. I figured I ought to take the plunge myself and it’s safe to say… I really enjoyed it!
Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Maragaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: September 26, 2017
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Length: 300 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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.”
Despite some of the plot holes of this book (which I think could have been fixed if the book had been longer), this was a solid, enjoyable story for me. I love the whole idea of Fae being unable to Craft things and having to look to humans for it, even something as simple as cooking. It makes the Fae look less high and mighty as other books often portray them. The whole story was just wonderful to read and immerse myself in. I did think the two characters did fell in love too quickly. When Rook sweeps Isobel away to the autumnlands, they were together for only a few days. It does have a bit of an insta-love feel, but they didn’t wholly act on their feelings right away. There are some scenes in this book that remind me a bit of Beauty and the Beast, which I thought was really lovely.
I loved Isobel as a character! I thought she was fierce and strong, but totally down-to-earth and relatable. She doesn’t put up with people’s crap and she knows how to work things the way she wants them (especially when the Fae come to her for their portraits). I actually didn’t mind a lot of the characters, and found myself quite fond of Rook, too. He seemed so much more human than the other Fae. But he stills remains a mystery, too, and I wanted to know more about him, more than what the author revealed.
Nothing bad to say here! I actually listened to the audiobook and was completely enraptured. I loved the way the author wrote the scenes between Isobel and Rook. I felt as if I were right by their sides, and totally engrossed in their emotions. The world-building was good in terms of the Fae world, but I actually wanted a bit more of the human world, mainly because I wanted to relate it to some era in my own knowledge of history. I’m a little sad I didn’t read this book when it first released, but I’m glad I did so now. It makes me excited for Rogerson’s next book, Sorcery of Thorns.
Check out these other reviews:
- I had to include Destiny’s review of this book. I know she loves it so much!
- Francine from The Write Kind of Love didn’t enjoy this book as much as she had anticipated.
- Kaylin’s review on Goodreads didn’t think the book had enough substance.