Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Standalone Young Adult Fantasy Romance
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 was so excited for this book, I’m a huge fan of books about Fae… I love the lore and the mischief that surrounds their world. So, pretty high expectations…and they weren’t quite full filled, I’m sad to say.
Let me begin with the strong points of this book, all those things had filled it with so much potential…
- The world
It was fantastic how the author used all the typical Fae lore we know, their vanity, pride, their weakness when confronted with iron, their lack of human emotions, and particularly how they cannot lie…it made up for good banter (even thought it could have been better exploited)..Imagine always having to be extremely careful on how you word everything you say to a Fae and how they do the same…
“He was no more able to understand the sorrow of a human’s death than a fox might mourn the killing of a mouse.”
There were a couple of other things introduced that were intriguing to me, the attachment that the Fae had towards human craft, and how this could kill them. The story had a nice starting point with just this setting.
I truly liked the fact that we get to “see” the Fae without their glamour and they are not pretty at all…they gave a wraith vibe. Their vanity doesn’t allow them to be seen because of how their true form could scare humans…
And the description of the places was vividly beautiful and so easy to imagine…the forest changing, the town stuck in perpetual summer…the seasonal courts…
- The Characters
The only character that I truly enjoy, was Gadfly. He was what I picture a Fae to be, duplicitous, vain, powerful, and almost all knowing…Sadly he just shows up a few times, important times but just a few.
As for our main characters, Rook was to me the typical male lead, he was tortured, he had to be all powerful to keep his standing as Prince of the Autumn Court, he was sweet and loyal…he was a twisted prince charming…I liked his character most of the time but found him lacking something…
Somehow I’ve even grown fond of your – your irritating questions, and your short legs, and your accidental attempts to kill me.”
Isobel, it’s a similar story, I liked how dedicated she is to her family and to protect them and care for them. I loved that she is a painter, that’s he craft and it is such a part of her core as a person that she refuses to do anything to lose it. Maybe that why her portraits have the power to give emotions to the Fae. What I didn’t like was how her character changes at times, it doesn’t stay true to what we know about her..
Okay, now let me move on to the things that I had trouble with… This is a journey book and for the most part I enjoy reading this kinds of books but the excuse for this journey was a bit silly…maybe not at the beginning but as it progresses, it felt just like what it was an excuse to throw these two people together..
The villain was nothing out of the ordinary, it was like any standard villain you pull out from a hat…even if it was supposed to be all powerful..
And the worst part of this book to me was the romance, I didn’t believe it at all..it just happened like that with the snap of a finger… maybe if they had more interaction in the beginning or something more meaningful when they are journeying through the forest it might have worked but as it is.. it doesn’t. You can have an unemotional being suddenly go.. boom! “I love you” it’s unrealistic, which is really a terrible thing because this book is heavily based on that romance.
I gave it a 3 star because I did enjoy some of the book it was a fast read for me, I read it in one afternoon but it had so much potential for more and didn’t quite measure up.
Have you read this book? Let me know what you thought about it in the comments…