An Enchantment of Ravens
by Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of An Enchantment of Ravens for an honest review.
An Enchantment of Ravens is a magical, fantastic, romantic debut, that is for sure at the top of my list as one of the bests of the year! I thought I would be angry that this was a standalone and would want more, but this was a well written, perfectly paced book that gave me everything I could want, and left me so satisfied by the end. It is unique and beautifully written and truly a must read.
Isobel is an incredible portrait artist. She is so good that all the fair folk have been coming to her. In exchange for her work she is given enchantments that help her family. Isobel knows how dangerous these immortals she is working for are and that to trust one or believe their intentions can be detrimental. She has become accustom to them after years.
Soon Isobel is being commissioned by the Autumn prince, Rook. She soon sees a dangerous creature in the woods and it is destroyed by one who shifts into a raven. She soon realizes that the raven has to be the Prince she was to meet to work for. She knows he will return and she wants to make a good impression. She soon starts to feel something for Rook but knows he is a fair one, an Autumn Prince and that he will soon leave. She also knows that he is dangerous.
She looks at her portrait and something just isn’t right and soon she knows what it is, it is his eyes. She sees a sadness in them. So when Rook leaves on the last day she fixes them and feels so good about capturing the humanity that he seems to hide there.
Rook soon returns and the anger that returns with him scares Isobel. He claims that she purposely sabotaged his portrait and that she must now stand trial for her crime. She made him look weak in front of his entire court. She had no clue what she had done, she only wanted to capture his true essence but he does not believe that she was not trying to hurt him.
Will Isobel make it into the fair ones lands unscathed? Can Rook prove that he is not weak and keep his position in the Autumn court? You have to read this epic fantasy novel to find out!
An Enchantment of Ravens has amazing world building, great pacing and is dual POV, it will leave you so satisfied. A relationship full of snark and ignorance leads both to a surprised reliance and connection. I would definitely recommend this book and I am giving it 5 out of 5 stars.
About the author:
Margaret writes fantasy for young adult readers. Her books draw inspiration from old fairy tales, because she loves stories in which the beautiful and the unsettling are sometimes indistinguishable. She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and when she’s not reading or writing she enjoys drawing, watching documentaries, making pudding, gaming, and exploring the outdoors in search of toads and mushrooms.
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