Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 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 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.
There was so much hype around this book, I was wary to pick it up. I heard so many amazing reviews, so when I had an audio book credit I thought this might be a good time to try this book. OhMyGod!!!! This book was so much fun!! It had all my favorite things, an autumn fae Prince who can shape shift, a wonderful main character and the descriptions of the courts are so beautifully written. And it’s a standalone, so the story gets wrapped up at the end, no leaving you on a cliffhanger and waiting a year for more. Even though I would love to read more about these character’s.
Isobel is such a great character, right from the very start. She is quick witted and down to earth. She has a no nonsense attitude and is proud of her craft. Rook was sarcastic,arrogant and sweet, so naturally I loved him. He’s adorable !! He’s so sassy. As the story progresses the two character’s have such heartfelt moments. The side character’s were also great Gadfly ,Lark and Aster I loved them so much.
Within the first chapter I was hooked, written in first person, I was completely drawn in. The use of human craft was a unique touch on a fae story. It also had reoccurring fae elements such as they cannot lie, they have negative reactions to iron, they’re vain and over confident. This book held all the magic feelings that I love about Fae. Can I also say the cover is absolutely gorgeous!!
My only complaint is i felt the ending was a little rushed and some minor things weren’t explained. This book was full of action, romance, humor, all the elements of an amazing YA Fantasy. This is a stunning debut and I’m really excited to see what Margaret Rogerson comes out with next.