Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on September 26th 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult Fiction
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.
I had high hopes for An Enchantment of Ravens. There are tons and tons of raving reviews, so I believed the hype. The writing was absolutely beautiful, of course, that can’t be denied. Rogerson has a poetic way of words. The problem for me was the plot and the romance. It was so dull. Dull as in, “I want to be done with the book ASAP so I can find something more fun to read.”
I thought the trial of Isobel’s crime would be more of a thing within the story. It wasn’t. I thought there would be a considerable amount of fae court intrigue. There wasn’t. I knew that romance was going to be an aspect within the story, but it happened too soon. I believe in crushes developing really quickly but not true, I’ll-kill-for-you love. I just felt like they didn’t have any deep conversations or knew each other that well. The whole book is basically these two characters staring longingly at each other.
The bad guy of the story was also defeated too easily. That was so anticlimactic, so unrewarding. Really this book was a chore to finish because little actually happened besides a journey and inhuman speed painting (she could finish a painting before an ancient, powerful fae being could catch up to her?).
The “Craft” aspect made little sense to me. The fae can’t cook, write letters, paint, or anything or else they would die. Wouldn’t dancing or sword fighting—which the fae can do–technically kind of count as a craft (both are artforms if you think about it)? Another thing the fae are said to be ignorant of human emotion, so how did they recognize ‘human sorrow’ in the eyes of Rook in a painting when they can’t even correctly interpret human emotion in a human standing right in front of them?
So, with all that said, this wasn’t the book for me. It was too quiet and I didn’t particularly like Isobel or Rook. It’s a meh from me.