Synopsis An Enchantment of Ravens:
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.
Review An Enchantment of Ravens:
I had my eye on An Enchantment of Ravens for quite some time. In the first weeks leading up to its release date a lot of book tubers and bloggers were promoting it as ideal for fans of Sarah J Maas her Court of Thorns and Roses series. So you can understand why I was interested. After the release date the reviews become less enthusiastic and some criticize began to rise. So I never got around to buying my copy. But around Christmas I thought it was high time to figure this book out for myself. And if I didn’t like the story, then at least I would have a pretty book on my shelves. Because honestly the cover to this book is absolutely stunning!
I must say that even after finishing this book I am still a little confused as to the whether or not I liked this story part. So excuse me if this is going to be a very unclear review! But I will try to share all the good, the bad and the ugly with you guys!
- I absolutely loved the forest were the story took place. From past reading experiences I am aware that magical forests are a setting I tend to enjoy. And the way the forest chanced and really was its own character made me enjoy the whole story more.
- Rook and Isobel were well developed main characters. I especially liked that Isobel wasn’t a meek “ow lets follow the beautiful stranger into the forest without any complaint” type of girl. She desired an adventure. She wanted to know what the world was outside of her daily routine. And Rook wasn’t the horrible Alfa male we tend to see in a lot of YA. He had manners, was considerate, without ever forgetting he was a Prince.
- Their romance wasn’t instalove. I know I am disagreeing with a lot of reviewers, but for me it didn’t feel like instalove. Although I understand why people tend to experience it other ways. In this book something is completely wrong with the pacing of the story. (I will come back to this later on.) But Rook and Isobel spend a lot of time together before the develop romantic feelings for each other.
- The Fae in this book are perfect! Full of mischief and tricks. I love that about Fae.
- You feel that that Margaret Rogerson put a lot of effort in researching Fae mythology. She uses lots of classic images of the Fae, but gives them her own twist.
- As I said before the pacing in this book is just completely off. Too much is glossed over. An Enchantment of Ravens holds the promise of a really good story, but it needed to be more. Actually it could have been two books to be completely honest. If an editor would have said to Rogerson “this is completely wonderful” but could you please expand more on those parts, it would have been a complete hit. Now it feels rushed.
- The relationship between Rook and Isobel. I was glad it wasn’t instalove. But where was the sweep me of my feet part of this relationship? Where was the angst and the passion simmering? I just didn’t ship it. It was flat and passionless. I don’t see any love either. Yes I see attraction, but love? No there wasn’t any for me.
- So sad to say but the world building in this book was completely lacking. And you know why it is so sad to say? Because as I said before Rogerson really put a lot of effort in researching Fae mythology. You can feel that all through the story. So many things are touched upon but aren’t explained or are just glossed over. What is the world beyond? What is the Wild Hunt? What made Whimsy such a special place? Most of the time it felt like you were missing out on a part of the story. Like there was a previous book that you didn’t read and now you didn’t get the full story.
All in all I enjoyed An Enchantment of Ravens but it could have been so much more. But let’s not forget it is a debut book and there was clearly a lot of promise in the story. I will be looking forward to another book by Rogerson!