Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: September 26th, 2017
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.
“You must keep in mind, of course, that all of this is only a glamour, not what they really look like underneath.”
I feel like I’m commited to do a review of this book simply because I haven’t shutted my mouth ever since I knew about this book. I’ve been talking about it non-stop on my blog and to my friends, mentally hyping it up in my head, and I have to say, it was completely different to how I imagined in to be, which I still have no idea if it’s a good thing or not.
Nevertheless, I have to say I really enjoyed the book, and it ended up surprising me so much, especially when it came to the world building and the characters. However, it’s true I found it a bit short and due to it, rushed during some parts of the story, which I will be explaining why later.
“One raven for uncertain peril. Six for danger sure to arrive. A dozen for death, if not avoided. The enchantment is sealed.”
I think the main problem that I had was that people were comparing this book to A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I went expecting some similar things to be happened in this novel, and to be completely honest, they both are nothing alike. That’s totally my problem, of course, but still it kinda let me down a bit. Nevertheless, I still think it was a very interesting story, with a beautiful writing and world building.
One of the problems I had, like I said previously in this review, was the pacing in the story. I found the book a bit short (maybe because it was a stand alone). Some things that occured were a bit rushed, like for example, the romance. It was a bit insta love-ish, and it came out of nowhere, even though you clearly know there was going to be a romance in the story, but still. It was the same with other things and scenes in the book. Some were quite slow and descriptive, and you got to know the characters and the whole magic system, but others were very rushed and I feel like I wasn’t grabing the whole plot. There were a few terms that I still don’t really know what they are, so maybe I’ll re-read it in a future, just so I can re-learn them.
“I paint not because I want to, not because I’m good at it, but because it is what I must do, what I live and breathe, what I was made for.”
But I think my favourite part was the world and the characters. Due to the descriptions of the characters and the fair folk’s world, I vividly imagined everything, and that’s something I adore when reading. It transports me into a whole new different setting, and I consider that it’s important that a story makes you do that. I love the different courts and the magic system in the story, and even though this book was about fae, you could tell the author did her own twists to those creatures and created her own version of them, which was surprising to me.
I wasn’t a bit sure about the characters at first, but I have to say they grew on me. Frankly, they all added something different to the story, and yes, despite not being completely sold on the romance, I still enjoyed knowing about those characters. I usually love books where our protagonist do some type or art, and in this case, she was a painter. And I cannot tell you how much I adore that the art was one of the main focuses in this story, because I feel usually in fantasy books, these things are a bit left out in a corner and they focus more in other things. But I was pretty satisfied with this part of the novel.
So overall, even though this book was completely different to what I first thought it would be, and despite some things being a bit rushed, I really enjoyed the story and the world, and the character development, so I’m looking forward to read more about the author (or maybe about that world if she decided to write more books, or companion novels!).
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