Overall: 4.5/5 stars
Characters: 5/5 stars
Setting: 5/5 stars
Plot/Themes: 4.5/5 stars
“Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us?”
― Margaret Rogerson, An Enchantment of Ravens
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 trade valuable enchantments for Isobel’s work. 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, 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 perhaps even love, a forbidden emotion that would violate the fair folk’s ruthless Good Law. To save both their lives, Isobel must choose between sacrificing her Craft or using her art to defy the ancient malice of the fairy courts… for Craft may hold more power over the fair folk than she ever imagined
-Summary from Margaret Rogerson
Wow! This book was beautiful in many ways. I was a big fan of her other book, A Sorcery of Thorns. She has an amazing writing style that always captivates me.
I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved this book!
Isobel lives in Whimsy, where the weather never changes and fair folk visit for Craft. Only humans can make things, and if any fair folk attempt Craft, they would quickly crumble to dust. Isobel does painting as her Craft, and paint portraits of fair folk in exchange for enchantments.
One day, the autumn prince, Rook, comes for her Craft. She quickly becomes fascinated with Rook and enjoys the time he spends with her.
She paints human sorrow in Rook’s eyes.
This is a crime in the fairy world, so Rook then comes furiously to her door, requesting her to stand trial for her crimes.
She leaves abruptly for Whimsy and follows Rook to the Autumnlands. On their adventure, there are many creatures that try to hunt Rook and Isobel.
Rook falls in love with Isobel. This is against the Good law, which forbids fair folk to fall in love with humans. This causes a lot of tension between them, and this is a huge part of the plot.
There is also corruption in the fairy lands. The trees are rotting and creatures that were once asleep, awaken. This prompts Isobel and Rook to race around the lands, trying to find the source.
Isobel is a wonderful heroine.
I enjoyed reading from her point-of-view. She has a deep love for her family which is inspiring. Isobel feels stuck in the world of Whimsy. It was interesting to see how she judged the fairies’ lifestyle throughout the book. She was not filled with desire towards their immortality. This book really discussed the question of immortality.
Is immortality as good as it seems?
Let’s Talk about Rook.
Look. I am all for a fairy to sweep me off my feet. Honestly, who wouldn’t want an insanely beautiful guy to fall head over heels for you?
I had some issues with Rook. He was very immature toward Isobel, and did not know how to comfort her. He had a patronizing attitude when talking to her, and I really didn’t feel like they connected on an emotional level.
There was a lot of declarations of love for such a short book. This is a standalone novel so I really wish there was more development in their relationship in this book.
Some plot twists in the book were highly predictable which was unsatisfying. If a book is marketed as romance, I really want to see a well developed relationship.
The author’s writing style is beautiful.
Margaret Rogerson’s writing style is very descriptive. She creates a beautiful world, and the imagery in this book is amazing. I think in terms of writing style, this is one of my favorite books. She was able to create unique descriptive qualities for each character, and I could imagine their appearance.
In conclusion, this is a perfect book for fans of beautiful fairy worlds and strong heroines.
Even though I was disappointed about romance in this book, the writing style is beautiful. I would recommend this book to fans of Holly Black’s Cruel Prince Series and Sarah J Maas’s A Court Of Thorns and Roses Series. I wish there was a sequel to this book, so the development between Rook and Isobel would be more complete. I love the world Rogerson created and Isobel was inspiring.
I would definitely check this book out if you are dying to read another book with fae characters. This is a perfect short read that will leave you with a satisfying ending. As Isobel always said, “The ability to feel is a strength, not a weakness.”
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Book Review: An Enchantment Of Ravens | Throne Of Books
Overall: 4.5/5 stars Characters: 5/5 stars Setting: 5/5 stars Writing: 4.5/5 stars Plot/Themes: 4.5/5 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 trade valuable enchantments for Isobel's work. 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.