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.
Hello! Today I have my review of An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson!
Let me know if you’ve read the book, or have it on your TBR.
My initial thoughts on An Enchantment of Ravens were that everyone seemed to love this book. I was doubtful that I would actually end up enjoying the story. Actually, I never intended to buy An Enchantment of Ravens. But then I was at Chapters and I ended up buying it. Honestly, I don’t even remember buying my copy of An Enchantment of Ravens. Seriously. All I remember is that it was in my hands, and then it was on my shelves. I know for sure that I bought it though. I remember seeing the receipt and such. I’m glad and very happy that I enjoyed the story though!
I had heard of An Enchantment of Ravens all over my Instagram feed. And then without meaning to, I bought my own copy. Seriously. That’s what happened. I can’t even remember when I purchased my copy.
I feel like if An Enchantment of Ravens wasn’t so hyped up, then the story would have had a larger impact on me. That being said though, I still really enjoyed my read of Isobel’s story!
The descriptions of things is simply astounding. A great thing about these descriptions is that, in my opinion, they aren’t overly done. They’re precise and to the point, with a little extra–just to ensure that you know what Isobel is talking/thinking about.
The writing flows so effortlessly. Not once did I feel like the story was just puttering along. Nor was it ever once boring!
The ups and downs of the dangers of being in the fae lands are real. I like the take on the fae in this novel; really going back to the fae roots and what-not.
I actually really like this story since all of it is told by a mortal’s understanding. I like how thorughout the story there are challenges and trials that are both human and fae alike. I liked how for the most part, Isobel is eniterly human. I liek her thought process and how she percieves things.
I like that out of all that has happened, Isobel remained human through it all, and even outsmarted quite a few people. Ultimately, Isobel is great, and human, and completely real unto herself. Which I want to see more of in books!
I LOVE the ending to An Enchantment of Ravens — I didn’t expect this book to end as it did. I thought my poor little heart would be utterly shattered by the time I got to the end of the book. I’m glad –and very happy– that An Enchantment of Ravens ended the way it did.
Even though An Enchantment of Ravens was only a blip into Isobel’s life, I like that we were able to get a sense of who she is and what she stands for.
I give An Enchantment of Ravens, 5 of 5 stars on GoodReads.
Have you read An Enchantment of Ravens?
If you have, do you have any favourite parts? Or do you have any parts that you didn’t enjoy?
4 thoughts on “An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson | Book Review #313”
You know, I really wanted to love this book. I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would though. I felt like it was a little rushed. But overall, I love a good fae story and was happy to have another on my shelves!
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True, I can understand when you say the book felt a little rushed. Looking back on it, I can see it as well.