An Enchantment of Ravens
By Margaret Rogerson
Summary: 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.
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An Enchantment of Ravens was fantastic and exactly what I was in the mood for. It was enchanting and fun at the same time. I loved that there was some humor peppered in, too.
I’m actually quite shocked by the number of negative reviews and DNFs I’ve seen on Goodreads for this book. I guess it has to do with expectations and I didn’t really have any about the book. It’s not the only book set in a world of Faeries and their courts, but I feel like it went in different directions than similar books and wasn’t trying to be the next ACOTAR or anything. I suppose I wasn’t looking for similarities and I’m familiar with many stories that deal with the Fae and they all sort of bring something new to the table. In An Enchantment of Ravens, the unique aspect was Crafts. I’m used to seeing the Fae wrap themselves up in all things beautiful, but in the book, they were actually unable to create anything themselves and participate in a craft. They relied on humans to create.
Isobel and Rook were likable characters. Isobel enjoyed her craft and had a lot of passion for art. She was smart and always looked for loopholes when dealing with the Fae to ensure any payment for her art wouldn’t have any catches. She was polite and treated her patrons well, but Rook was the first Fae to intrigue her by not acting like what she expected.
A lot of people also didn’t like the insta-love aspect, but I thought it was pretty enjoyable. Isobel hadn’t really dealt with the idea of romance before, so it felt natural that she would confuse intrigue and curiosity with love when she met the autumn prince and painted his portrait. I think she even realized it throughout the book that the autumn prince intrigued her, but she wasn’t really in love with him when she thought she was. It wasn’t until they ventured off into the forest together that they both started to understand each other. I don’t necessarily thing that meeting Rook turned her brain into mush.. if that was the case, I don’t think she would’ve wanted to hold on to mortality the way she did.
Truly, I enjoyed the book and had a lot of fun. There were tons of jokes throughout the book, especially since Rook didn’t fully understand sarcasm or jokes. He tried to show off a lot and she made fun of him and he didn’t even catch on most of the time. I loved the twists and the way it ended. I felt like I connected with the characters and enjoyed watching the adventure unfold. I definitely recommend An Enchantment of Ravens. It wasn’t an epic fantasy like other Fae novels, but it was a nice standalone romantic adventure that was set in a world of Fae that was fun to read.