An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Published September 26th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: fantasy, young adult, faeries, romance
Every enchantment has a price.
With a flick of her paintbrush, Isobel creates stunning portraits for a dangerous set of clients: the fair folk. These immortal creatures cannot bake bread or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and they trade valuable enchantments for Isobel’s paintings. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—Isobel makes a deadly mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, a weakness that could cost him his throne, and even his life.
Furious, Rook spirits Isobel away to his kingdom to stand trial for her crime. But something is seriously amiss in his world, and they are attacked from every side. With Isobel and Rook depending upon each other for survival, their alliance blossoms into trust, perhaps even love . . . a forbidden emotion that would violate the fair folks’ ruthless laws, rendering both their lives forfeit. What force could Isobel’s paintings conjure that is powerful enough to defy the ancient malice of the fairy courts?
Isobel and Rook journey along a knife-edge in a lush world where beauty masks corruption and the cost of survival might be more frightening than death itself.
went into an enchantment of ravens without any expectations and came out of it wowed by the writing and the faerie settings. i’ve read plenty of fae stories and this one had all the essential elements. they can’t touch iron, are deceptively gorgeous, and can’t lie but will twist the truth. particularly for faeries in an enchantment of ravens, they can’t stand having flaws and would probably kill you if you noticed any. also, they can’t feel human emotions. thus, making humans who are talented in their crafts highly sought out for.
as one of the few humans, isobel’s perspective of the world was perfectly narrated with her sarcastic personality and sense of humor. i loved rook despite his cockiness. i found him really endearing when he was trying to understand how humans work. i acknowledge i’m a little bias. rook can be a ruthless warrior prince when it was necessary but with isobel, he’s sweet, sensitive and respectful of her boundaries.
❝ Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us? ❞
isobel’s peaceful days were interrupted when she was kidnapped by the autumn prince after painting his portrait with human emotions (a sign of weakness for him which led to the people of autumn court to question his ability to rule because apparently, faeries are supposedly coldhearted, emotionless, and scheming creatures in this world). as rook and isobel journeyed through the different seasons, they quickly realised that there was something seriously wrong with the lands. i enjoyed the whimsical and magical atmospheres that’s hinted with a sinister twist.
the romance is amazing. it felt a little insta-love at first, and that would have thrown me off, but the fact that isobel acknowledged that it was just a crush on a beautiful fae made me stay on the book till the end. of course i was already cheering them on from the beginning. they were adorableeeeee.