Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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.
WOW what can I even begin to say about this book. I am at an utter loss for words, most of this review will probably end up being me just flailing around about HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS STORY. I am so mad at myself for continuously putting this book off when it should have been #1 on my TBR. I own the hardcover but have also been requesting the audiobook through Libby (which OMG the narration of this book was 100% phenomenal 👌), and every time I got it something else would take precedence and I would end up returning it, only to put it on hold again. FINALLY I told myself no more shuffling this around, just read it. So I did, and holy cats was it ever a magical journey.
I mean, it says it right in the title. I am entirely enchanted by this book. At only 300 pages I wish it was LONGER, I wish there was MORE, I want this story to be 700 pages and even then it might not be enough. I’m not lying when I say this just might be my new favorite Faerie story. Right up there with A Court of Mist and Fury.
I want to talk for a minute about the writing style of An Enchantment of Ravens. I was hooked on this story from the first sentence. Margaret Rogerson has this magical, whimsical, beautiful style of writing that reminds me a lot of the way Laini Taylor writes. I am so on board with this it isn’t even funny. Laini Taylor is one of my favorite authors BECAUSE she writes so lyrically, written so beautifully you can almost taste the words coming off the page. Rogerson’s writing is simply stunning, I was so captivated by this story because she painted such a glorious picture (he he, see what I did there?). She has this style of being incredibly descriptive without using over the top metaphors, which is why I think this story worked so well, I never felt overwhelmed with strange descriptive sentences. It was quite a beautiful style of writing, which is why I finished this book in a day and a half.
“It does make one wonder doesn’t it, why do we desire above all other things that which has the greatest power to destroy us?”
I thought Isobel was a fantastic protagonist. All she wanted in life was to make her Craft and protect her family. Her desire to create the best Craft that she could, her impeccable paintings of the fair folk, warmed my heart completely. This story at it’s core is a love letter to all the creators out there. Whether you create via painting, writing, drawing, photographing, and so so so many more outlets, YOU are an artist and you have the power to be the best in your Craft. Supporting artists is one of my favorite joys in life and I found An Enchantment of Ravens to be an ode to all the artists out there. Isobel is fierce, she knows what she wants and she doesn’t hold back.
Rook on the other hand is a conniving, arrogant, sultry Faerie prince and I absolutely love him. He has cinnamon roll qualities which I adored, he’s had a traumatic past and it affects him to this day. I think though, he doesn’t let it define him which I found incredibly moving. He has learned from it, and because of that the way him and Isobel’s relationship evolves makes sense now looking back. He’s hesitant, cautious, and protective of her. It thrilled me to see their relationship blossom over the course of this story. It was kind of a mash up of hate to love and a little insta love as well which I think actually worked in favor of this story.
The side characters are also worth noting. Gadfly, Lark, May, March, Emma, there are so many more this review would be days long if I tried to list them all! But they are all so special to this story. They brought an extra sense of wonder to the pages and I don’t think this story would have worked as well without in depth and incredibly dimensional side characters.
I know I’ve been rambling about this book so much (I loved it, can you tell?), but if you’ve made it this far then the last thing I want to point out is that this book is essentially the Faerie book I have been searching for for a long time. The Faerie’s in AEoR are true to the folklore and I absolutely ate it up. They cannot touch iron, they cannot lie (stretch the truth maybe), THEY ARE CONNIVING LITTLE SHITS that try to fool the mortals, and I absolutely loved it. The Faerie’s in this book had a dark side, and when that true nature of theirs comes out it can be downright terrifying. I AM SO HERE FOR IT 👏 I’m tired of reading Fae stories and having them be soft and essentially just like mortals but with pointy ears and magic. AEoR has Faeries that are actually CREEPY with sharp pointy teeth AND WHY DID THIS BOOK HAVE TO END.
Wow okay apparently I had over 1k words to say about An Enchantment of Ravens and honestly I’m not mad about it. Go read this book, you won’t regret it. If you like ACOTAR or Laini Taylor then I think you will also love this book. Like me you’ll just be wishing it was longer!