An Enchantment Of Ravens
Author – Margaret Rogerson
Publishing – September 26th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format – Paperback
Pages – 300
Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, 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.
An Enchantment of Ravens is such a wholesome, cosy read that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy inside. It’s so enjoyable and fast-paced, and to make it even better, AEoR is a standalone book which was a breath of fresh air amongst some of the heavy series I’ve been reading lately (Throne of Glass I’m looking at you). I only have one complaint, I wanted more… 300 pages just weren’t enough! I feel there was a lot of things left out, that could have been explained if the book was just a little bit longer.
The Fair Folk cannot create anything themselves, so instead they use humans for their Craft (painting, cooking, writing etc). The main character, Isobel, paints portraits for the Fair Folk and is highly requested due to the quality of her work. During a session, a regular patron informs her that she will soon be visited by the Autumn Prince. Panicked and slightly terrified, Isobel prepares for the session, however, she soon finds out that Rook is not like other Fair Folk. He seems kinder and softer, not to mention the human emotion in his eyes.
I loved so many different things about this book I don’t even know where to start! The characters were great. I especially liked Isobel, who is wonderfully innocent and honest, but she also has a strong and fierce side to her. I adored Rook straight away, he’s cunning and sly like most Fair Folk, but he is also a huge softy! There are also some really interesting side characters, especially other Fair Folk like Gadfly who is so sassy, and Lark, who is honestly a little scary but also wonderfully naive and confused by how human Isobel is.
Something else I really liked about this story was how the author didn’t glamorise the Fair Folk (pun intended). It’s true they are immortal and beautiful, but it’s all for show. Underneath their glamour, they are hollow and cruel, they eat mouldy food, and wear rotten clothes. I feel like Fae are often described as though they are wonderful and strong and beautiful but the dark and evil details are often left out. I really liked that this book kept reminding us that the Fair Folk are cruel and terrifying creatures.
I can’t really explain just how much I enjoyed this book. The world building was fantastic and there were some amazing, creative creatures. AEoR had a good mix between the dark storyline and the light-hearted, funny relationship between Rook and Isobel. Rogerson has a descriptive and beautiful writing style that I completely fell in love with. If you love Holly Black and the ACOTAR series then you just have to read this book!
If you’ve read An Enchantment of Ravens, let me know what you thought!
Thanks for reading! x