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Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

9. February 2018

GENRE & SYNOPSIS

Fantasy/Young Adult/Romance/Fae

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

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.

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RATING & REVIEW

★★★☆☆/5

I was so excited about this book because my favorite creature for fantasy is fairies. So I was immediately looking forward to this book, and I thought it sounded so good. Plus it was a short book, and not part of a series and I’ve been looking for some standalones for a while!

First of all, I love the cover, it’s just gorgeous! An Enchantment of Ravens was such a complex story in a small book. I really liked Isobel, our main character who can do what I can’t do: Paint. I also loved her cousins May and March, they were the funniest part of this book to be honest. And I wish they were more in it. An Enchantment of Ravens is more about Isobel and Rook (I love the name), the autumn prince.

It was interesting, I mean, I liked the dynamic between our main characters. I also liked the fact that the fairies had different flaws. In this book they use glamours to look “human”, but their glamours have flaws. Like Gadfly (one of the fairies) has a flaw with his hands, they look strange and off. In addition to this all fairies had different powers, some could see into the future, others could change forms. So in the beginning I was really into it. I liked the writing, it was descriptive and easily read.

I have to say, it’s not normal for me to not really get into books. Normally I get really invested. But I couldn’t get invested in the story. All though I liked the characters at some degree, the story felt incredibly rushed. I liked it to some degree about half-way, but after that everything happened so fast. I felt like I couldn’t keep up with the characters and the story, and it just felt like Rogerson was in a rush to just finish the thing.

That being said I also like a slow romance. One that builds up to that moment, and it didn’t do that in this book. It was just right on, love at first sight and it felt weird and wrong and I couldn’t get invested.

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