ABOUT THE BOOK:
Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publishing: September 26, 2017 (Simon & Schuster)
Format: Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Source: e-ARC from Netgalley
“The smiling, devil-may-care prince I’d known in my parlor — he was real, too, but only a part of Rook, and the one I now suspected he preferred to show the world.”
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.
Simply speaking, some books are worth the hype…An Enchantment of Ravens is one of them!
An Enchantment of Ravens is a divine piece of writing. Margaret Rogerson‘s first novel is completely masterful and full of whimsy, which is fitting, given that the name of the town in which the humans live is called just that.
Rogerson 100% won me over with her writing! Her style is charismatic, brimming with imagery, and laced with sarcasm. I felt something — everything — while reading this book.
An Enchantment of Ravens follows a gifted human artist, Isobel, and her experiences with her fae clients; one experience leading to a journey with the disgruntled autumnlands prince, Rook. This is largely the story of their dangerous trek and their risky feelings towards one another.
The premise of An Enchantment of Ravens compelled me to pick up this book, and the twists and turns kept me from wanting to put it down. I really enjoyed the story Rogerson imagined. However, I couldn’t help but feel a little like, through its entirety, we were merely put in a jar, shaken up, and dumped right back out again. In other words, I’m not sure I feel like the plot really went anywhere, despite how much I enjoyed the tale that was told.
I was also left wanting. This book could have easily been longer, and I would have gladly taken it! Someone please tell me this is going to be a series!?!
The world building is stunning and the characters are so imaginative! I could honestly see the setting of this book. Rogerson writes so descriptively and beautifully that I have no doubt what Whimsy and the fairy courts look like. I also greatly appreciate how easily I could visualize the characters. Again, the imagery is on point!
I absolutely adored the characters in An Enchantment of Ravens. The humans are so relatable, and the fae are so…fae!
I didn’t find Isobel and Rook to be overdone, either. Yes, they are quick to “fall in love,” but they are there for each other throughout the story in a genuine way, and I really enjoyed that, as well as the push and pull that we see between them. It isn’t a story of the fae prince saving the weak human OR the human saving the world on her own. This is a happy medium.
Side note: One of my favorite scenes between the two that I cannot go without mentioning is near the end of the book…Isobel is mid-breakdown, Rook is at a loss, and she reassures him by saying “I’m just, I’m being really human right now, all right? Give me ten seconds.” I laughed out loud and thought how completely genuine that seems.
Overall, An Enchantment of Ravens is truly a gem! I would recommend this book to fans of SJM and even fans of plot twists à la Caraval. If you appreciate great writing, this is also a book for you! High recommend, guys!
Until next time…xo
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced galley of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.