An Enchantment Of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 26, 2017
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.
~Received ARC from a festival~
My Rating:★★★★☆ ½
My Thoughts: With descriptive writing, intrigue, and adventure, An Enchantment Of Ravens follows artist Isobel as she journeys to the land of the fae to clear her name!
To start, I absolutely adored the writing! Rogerson’s atmospheric and descriptive writing style really flowed with the story and added a unique layer to it overall.
The story was so immersive and no matter where/when I picked the book back up, I was transported immediately back into the world of Whimsy + the fae lands!
From descriptions to paints, forests, and even hidden emotion, I felt the first person POV really made this fantasy tale blossom on the page.
The writing not only was descriptive and immersive, but also delivered a layer of complexity to the world and characters that allowed for a unique view into this fantasy world.
Its definitely a perfect book to pick up during the fall season~ 🍂🍃✨
I will definitely be reading Rogerson’s future books b/c I absolutely adored the writing and creativity of AEoR ❤
I adored the characters, setting/world, writing, plot…basically everything about this story! I loved the banter/chemistry between Rook + Isobel! The relationship they developed while traveling did feel somewhat forced in the beginning for me, but as the story progressed I really enjoyed reading about their relationship as they connected with each other along the way.
I usually really don’t like hate to love banter, but Rogerson wrote it in such a way where it never felt forced and flowed well through their character and the writing.
While I don’t read many books surrounding fae/faeries, I really enjoyed the unique lore and world Rogerson was able to weave into her world of Whimsy, whether it was the importance of Craft, the fae lands, or when learning more about the fae royals/fae themselves.
It was also interesting to read about the dynamic between fae + humans and just what Craft represented to the fae.
Isobel is a painter who is the best at her Craft, with the work she does prized by the fae. When her most frequent fae visitor Gadfly informs her the Autumn prince, Rook will be visiting her for a portrait she is honored and a little nervous (considering Rook hasn’t laft the fae lands for quite some time).
After Rook discovers the emotion she’s painted into his portrait, she now must stand on trial for her mistake. Now Rook & Isobel are traveling across fae lands, encountering monsters, and dealing with the inner politics of the fae!
Another aspect of the fae that really added depth to them and the world, was how they viewed Craft and what it represented to these people who could live for hundreds, even thousands of years, and never truly understand the depth of human nature!
That was the most fascinating aspect, that while it was explored later on in the story, was something that surprised me and added this whole other side to the fae I never considered.
As a standalone, I found that Rogerson did a great job at developing the lore, characters, world, etc. and really allowed for the story to end with everything wrapped up well, but also leave you wanting more which just added to the magic of the story so much!!
My only issue is that while the pacing was pretty even throughout the story, I felt the plot was rather rushed and felt some plot points could have been expanded on a little more to add more depth.
An Enchantment Of Ravens is an immersive tale with beautiful writing that adds such depth to a unique world and story! With the perfect blend of romance, intrigue, action, and mystery, Rogerson’s debut will sweep you into this lush and magical world!