Okayyyy I came away with this with a few different thoughts and feelings, all of which were good. I think the first and foremost of these is that Margaret Rogerson can write. Every single page was so beautifully crafted! Seriously, the way she described Isobel’s paintings and the fairy world was so rich and lovely. I had such clear and vivid pictures in my mind of what everything and everyone looked like. Sighhhh. Also the story was good and the characters were wonderful. Rook? My fave, so swoonworthy♥. Isobel=very solid heroine with a lot of sass and like I said, the aspect of her painting was so GOOD.
With all of the different books and series that have popped up in the world of YA recently about the fae, goblins, and the like, I have really been pleasantly surprised by how unique and interesting they all are. While some have similarities, they all have had something special to set them apart and help them to stand alone.
I think I would rate this 4.5 overall, and part of at last missing star is just me being sad about there only being one book! Fans of the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas would enjoy. HIGHLY recommend!
An Enchantment of Ravens
Margaret K. McElderry Books
September 26th, 2017
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.