I am not sure why but it feels a bit strange at the grand old age of 31 to spend most of my time reading books that are categorised as YA (Young Adult)… but I really enjoy reading them so I guess I should worry less and just buy more books! One of my most anticipated releases of 2017 had to have been An Enchantment of Ravens and so I had to preorder it. It arrived a little late but I read it over two evenings (which probably tells you all you need to know about how good it is!
Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Blurb: 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 among them. 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, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.
Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of 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.
Categories: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Rating: 5/5 Stars (to be honest if I could I would give An Enchantment of Ravens 6/5 stars!
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Review: Where to start, where to start? I fell in love with the book simply by reading the blub months ago and have been not so patiently waiting for the publication date, which was 26th September 2017. Pretty much everything I love in a book is right there. Sassy Female Protagonist… check. Fair Folk… check. Magic… check, Enchanted Forests…. check. Are you in love with the book yet?
“You are like a living rose among wax flowers. We may last forever, but you bloom brighter and smell sweeter, and draw blood with your thorns.”
An *Enchantment of Ravens is fantastically engrossing read, and I could barely put it down. I stopped only because I was falling asleep that first evening, at page 156 and picked it up again the next night to finish it. I don’t want to go into too much detail as I would risk spoiling parts of the book. I love the journey of self discovery that Isobel goes through in the book, and I love her as a character, she is feisty without being annoying and I feel that she is a genuinely likable character.
I love the relationship which develops between Isobel and Rook. Their blossoming romance is a large part of the book and to be honest I don’t read a lot of romance books. Their relationship feels realistic, it does slowly develop from mistrust in to love, which might seem like a bit of a cliche but it grows naturally and is not at all rushed like some books I have read. I feel like Margaret Rogerson gets so much right with this book. The characters are all so unique and I love the names of the Fair Folk; Rook, Gadfly, Lark and Hemlock to name just a few.
The writing is stunning and Margaret Rogerson evokes the ethereal and unfamiliar world of the Fair Folk so well. There is a particular scene during a masquerade in the book which left me feeling distinctly uneasy yet completely enthralled. The descriptions of the forests and the different seasons are immersive and incredible, I spent the book feeling like I was actually there with Isobel and Rook on their journey.
I love this book so much, in fact the only negative thing I can say about an Enchantment of Ravens is that at 300 pages it felt too short. I wanted more! I would love to read more about the lands of the Fair Folk and of the town Isobel grows up which is called Whimsy.
I would recommend this book to any one who likes YA fantasy books, (or just fantasy books in general) and also YA romances with a supernatural twist. It’s a standalone book, which in my opinion is a shame, as I would love to read more about the world of Isobel and Rook. An Enchantment of Ravens is the perfect Autumn read, set as it is in the autumnlands. And it’s that cover just incredible? Well what are you waiting for?
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