Title: “An Enchantment of Ravens”
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Pages (hardcover): 300 pages
Original Publishing Date: 26 September 2017
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
“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. 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—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight 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.”
Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:
- self-harm (for blood magic)
- blood and gore
Representation in the novel:
Hi, this book made me a Margaret Rogerson stan, and I do not even like faerie books usually. There is just soemthing about it that made me intrigued and want to keep reading.
Starting out, An Enchantment of Ravens follows Isobel, a human girl who paints portraits for the fae population around her in exchange for charms for her family to live easier. Faeries cannot create things by way of “human” means: they cannot cook/bake, paint, write, or anything of the sort, so they pay humands to do it for them. Isobel is a popular artist in faerie circles, and she soon has royalty knocking at her door: Rook, the autumn prince. When she places human emotion into his portrait — something generally seen as weak — he forces her to go with him to the court to answer for her “crime.”
Can I just say that I love Isobel and Rook? Not even as a couple, but as their own characters. Isobel knows of faeries’ conniving ways, and she tries her best to use that to her advantage to help her family. However, at points, it is still obvious that she is only a teenager, and I love that. She is witty, but she still slips up sometimes. Rook is an ass, and I love him for it. Well, okay, I did not like him in the beginning of the adventures, but he grew on me, and he ended up being one of my favorite characters of all time.
When it comes to the relationship between them, I was a bit weary about the insta-love that seemed prevalent in the beginning. However, I was pleasantly surprised: it was more lust/initial attraction that anything, and their relationship actually developed quite well over the novel.
The plot kept me on my toes, too. I honestly did not know what was going to happen next — once I thought I figured it all out, something else popus up to surprise me. However, it was not over the top or give me literary whiplash. Whatever happened made sense in regards to what was happening in the novel. I loved it. The pacing seemed a bit off, and the ending was a bit abrupt, but I had so much fun reading it. And the atmosphere! The world-building was amazing; the reader really gets sucked into it all. And those descriptions of all the places? Absolutely gorgeous.
Just. Y’all. I love this book so much. I wish I could have gotten a five- or ten-book series in this universe. It is phenomenal.
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