Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Pages: 320 Pages
Isobel is an artistic prodigy with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread 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, Rook spirits her away to his kingdom to stand trial for her crime. But something is seriously wrong in his world, and they are attacked from every side. With Isobel and Rook depending on each other 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
Isobel is gifted painter called upon the Fae for her talent. Though her talent is her livelyhood, it is that very talent that may be the cause of her death. When she paint the Autumn Prince Rook and makes the terrible mistake of portraying sorrow reflected in his eyes, Isobel has placed both her and Rooks life in danger.
To pay for her crime, Rook takes her back to his kingdom to stand trial but not everything is at it seems. A Calamity is befalling the Fae lands and when both our heroes are attacked, they must begin to depend on each other for survival.
An Enchantment of Ravens was charming. I enjoyed the storytelling and how it portrayed Fae in a more classic sense, being tricksters with words and unable to create craft. Isobel was a well-thought-out character, I very much enjoyed reading of her and seeing her character development play out. Rook was just too cute for words. I was surprised by how certain parts of him were different from the typical faerie prince type we see so often. It was a refreshing change. (Still love my typical Fae princes though).
Other things I liked:
- The progression of the story: How there are bigger forces at play
- The Twins
- Isobel’s stubborness and caution
- The Faerie Courts
- Rook’s inability to understand human emotions
- SLOW BURN-ISH
The voice of the story reminded me of Naomi Novik’s in some ways but Margaret definitely has a way of keeping the readers compelled. Overall, this book was a solid 5/5 for me.