An Enchantment of Ravens by 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.
This book was so much better than I had expected it to be; I’ve heard so many people say that it was inst-love-y and too short, that the characters weren’t really well rounded, etcetera, etcetera.
Is this book overhyped? Probably yes.
I think that’s mostly because of the recent fae hype that’s been going on for some years now in Young Adult, that people got too high of an expectation of the summary of this, plus the cover’s designed by Charlie Bowater, whom most people know for her beautiful fan art of the A Court Of Thorns And Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Plus Sarah J. Maas has really made fae a popular thing again in Young Adult after Julie Kawaga’s book series the Iron Fae.
So An Enchantment of Ravens: Fae + Charlie Bowater = crack for Young Adult fantasy/ Sarah J. Maas fans.
The story was short, it was 297 pages long and I feel like, although everyone keeps saying that it was too short, it was the perfect length for this story, I do admit it could have been bigger, and things could have moved at a slower pace, but the way things are now are well pretty much perfect for me.
The premise of this story was interesting, and familiar, I mean Feyre was also a painter (and that’s pretty much where the resemblances stop.) and she also ends up (Isabelle eventually ended up in the spring court) in the spring court, plus she travels through the autumn court, but that’s really where the resemblances stop.
I really liked how dark this story was, it had danger lurking behind every page, every punctuation in a sentence and it wasn’t necessarily predictable, which was a nice and fresh change in Young Adult nowadays. This book was, like I said, pretty dark. There was a mysterious air surrounding the main characters that made it impossible (for me) to put down. I really liked Margaret Rogerson’s writing style, it was extremely intricate and unbelievably beautiful. It reminded me of the poet Christina Rosetti, with let’s say The Goblin’s Market. This story and the magical creatures in it are so innocent in a way, although they are all lying, cheating conniving bastards who happen to be in the possession of magic, are yet completely dependent on us unimportant quick to die, mortals. This was a super interesting take on fae as they are usually put down on the page as invincible mystical alluring creatures.
The fae in their true form reminded me of the goblins from the Underground from S. Jae-Jones’ Wintersong.
Anyway, I hope you pick it up, if this review has piqued your interest, you can always read Morgan’s review for a more professional