‘An Enchantment of Ravens’
By Margaret Rogerson
“As the years passed I grew disenchanted with enchantments, which were just as much a lie.” – Isobel
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.
“Walking along a blades edge was only fun until the blade stoped being a metaphor” -Isobel
So I’ve been tentative to pick this book up. I’d first read a fae story in the ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ By Sarah J. Mass. I wish I hadn’t been so nervous to pick this book up because… AMAZING!
The plot of this story picks up with Isobel, a portrait artist from Whimsy – a small human town set in the the Summer Court. We follow her adventure as she is is painting a portrait of Gadfly. A fair one (or fae) who is a continual patron of Isobel’s. We soon follow has as she meets a new fae. The Autumn Prince. Let the adventure begin.
As the story continues, we meet many fae, each with a very specific personality. Isobel must try and navigate her way through the fae world.
The character development in the 300 short pages of this novel are amazing! I loved how they progressed at a speed fast enough for the length of the book, without being illogically fast or unreasonable.
There were some points in the plot where I was able to guess what was going to happen, however there were a few things I didn’t see coming which I LOVE!
Overall this is a great fae novel and depicts the fae in a different way than what I have read before. Somewhat more vapid and vein. Although I know this is a key characteristic of fae I felt like it was appropriately played upon in ‘An Enchantment of Ravens’. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a fae tale!
“No human has ever visited a fairy court and lived. Or at lease, none had ever done so and remained human” – Isobel
“Make no mistake, it’s a small price to pay for the power and beauty of immortality. Yet it does make one wonder, doesn’t it? Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us.” – Gadfly
Ease of reading: 6.5/10
Character Development: 8.5/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 7.5/10