Enchantment of Ravens, An

Margaret Rogerson
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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-07-05
Such a gorgeous cover, but maybe another book that doesn't deserve it. The world building was a little shaky -- and wish the protagonist had been aged up past 17. Some of the language felt too contemporary to fit the style of the book (esp the romance bits) and I think the central point of Isobel having to follow Rook, but not going to the Autumn Court felt forced. Otherwise, well written and atmospheric.
Reviewed: 2019-10-21
It grieves me that I couldn't give this a higher personal rating. I loved the beginning -- it started out so strongly and interestingly, but then devolved into Yet Another Typical Tale where a very talented, very smart young woman becomes achingly boring after falling in love almost instantly with (who else) a prince. The ending was also quite rushed, I feel, and ... well, apart from the first ~20% of the book, the story was sadly disappointing.
Reviewed: 2018-05-07
An Enchantment of Ravens is about a mortal human named Isobel who is a portrait artist. Her clients are the immortal fair folk. The fair ones cannot use human Craft (art, cooking, baking, sewing, writing, etc.) without dying so they come to Isobel to have the portraits done and they love her work. She receives her first royal client, Rook, the autumn court prince, and has a hard time painting his eyes. But when she is all done and Rook reveals the painting to his court, he becomes angry because she painted sorrow in his eyes and his court sees that as a weakness and may dethrone him. Rook whisks Isobel to his court to stand on trial for her crime but along the way he starts to see that she never meant to cause him any harm. As they start to trust each other and eventually loving each other, they know that is can’t happen because they will be breaking the Good Law. If a mortal and a fair one fall in love, they must choose to both die, or the mortal must drink from the Green Well, which will turn her into a fair one as well. Thus costing her to lose her Craft as an artist. Let me just start off saying that the writing in this book, is so beautiful. I loved reading the descriptions of everything because it made me feel like I was right there in the story. “No horn sounded in the distance, no baying of sounds disturbed the misty air. No droning grasshoppers here – only the music of crickets, the liquid peeping of frogs, the quiet plop of acorns falling from trees. Not a single raven roosted above me.” I just love that description of when Isobel and Rook enter into the autumnlands because I can hear all of those things while reading it and I can just picture all the autumn leaves. I really enjoyed this book and I know a lot of people have been saying that it is a knockoff of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, but I don’t feel that way at all. Sure, when you read the synopsis it sounds just like ACOTAR but this story is its own and is so well written. There’s a very disliked trope in this book and that is the instalove. But I think it works well because this is a standalone novel and we are thrown right into the action from the beginning, so the instalove is kind of expected and like I said, I think it works well. It’s not really mentioned, but I’m pretty certain this is Isobel’s first major crush and first loves usually are instant because we get so wrapped up in our feelings. On their journey to the autumn court, Isobel and Rook are so funny. Rook doesn’t seem to know very much about mortals and Isobel uses that to her advantage to keep her entertained. They are both snarky to each other and I really fell in love with their characters. I highly recommend this book. I know it has very mixed reviews but I fell in love with the world, the writing is beautiful and the characters are great. Let me know what you thought, if you have read it.
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