I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
on September 26, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Reading Challenges: 2017 Flights of Fantasy Challenge
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 among them. 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, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.
Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of 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.
As soon as I saw this gorgeous cover I had to have this book. Thankfully the story lives up to that cover. It’s been way too long since I read a book about the Fae. I didn’t realize just how much I missed it until I started An Enchantment of Ravens. The book quickly swept me into all the folklore and magic that I love in Fae books. I wasn’t expecting the book to be as…whimsical as it was. That was a very nice surprise!
An Enchantment of Ravens starts off in Whimsy, a town on the edge of the fairy lands. Isobel is a very talented portrait artist that the fair folk seek out. I loved all of the lore behind Whimsy and Craft. The author doesn’t give you a ton of history of the town and I was fine with that. It somehow made things more magical, if that makes sense. I was anxious for the story to take us to the fairy lands and they were just as magical and sinister as I hoped! Isobel and Rook’s journey was one exciting encounter after another.
My favorite part of An Enchantment of Ravens was definitely Isobel and Rook. Their banter and chemistry were wonderfully done! Isobel was a likeable and capable main character. I loved her confidence when dealing with the devious-and sometimes frightening-Fae. She came off as very realistic. I like strong female characters, but they often seem a bit unfeeling and hard. Isobel wasn’t like that at all. Rook was just fantastic! He was a powerful Fae, but not all powerful. He definitely had his faults and that made more real too. I loved how sweet he was with Isobel too. Their relationship was just so fun!
Another thing I liked about this book was that immortality was not idealized like it is in so many Fae books. Isobel’s Craft (her art) and her humanity were very important to her. Being immortal was portrayed as a hardship for some of the Fae. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. It was different than a lot of other books in this genre.
An Enchantment of Ravens was a stunning debut! I absolutely cannot wait to see what else Margaret Rogerson has up her sleeve. It will certainly be on the top of my TBR when the time comes. Add this book to your reading lists asap!