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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens Book Cover An Enchantment of Ravens
Margaret Rogerson
Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
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. 

Maria’s Review

3.5 stars, methinkes
➦So there has been quite a buzz surrounding this book and I, naturally, needed to get my ears on this audiobook asap. Just so very curious. And I haven’t had my fantasy fix in a month!

➦Yes, I was getting ACOTAR vibes in the beginning with the seasonal courts being present in the story, but, honestly? Me no care. 

➦There were unique elements in this book, such as faes being useless due to the fact that they couldn’t perform any kind of craft. They left those measly tasks to humans and bothered themselves with more important things, such as looking pretty. And if they ever touched a craft, well, then

➦There’s a romance here between a human young woman and an immortal fae, who’s also a prince, by the way. As you’ve guessed, it’s a big no-no. 

➦The book needed to be longer, I think. It felt a bit rushed. Specifically the romantic aspect. I wasn’t very keen on the insta-love on hero’s part and I was wishing for more adventures from this couple during which I could get more fond of the hero. Which brings me to my other point – the hero.

➦He was interesting but I kind of found his descriptions to be vague… All his disguises were blending together in my mind…

➦And I kept wanting him to be more badass. I said it. He didn’t pew pew much until the end. And even then. Meh. And I never completely understood wtf he wore a sword for. Isn’t swordmanship, like, a craft? Wouldn’t he….

➦But what do I know? 😀 Overall, an enjoyable, albeit a bit short, YA read with interesting fantasy elements and romance at the center of it all.