Sunday, March 18, 2018

REVIEW: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Book Blurb: 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.

My Review: So I won't try to lie I tried reading this book when it first came out and I ended up putting it down after like four chapters. The book starts off so slow and I guess that's what put me off about it. If you can make it past the first four chapters or so this book gets really interesting. First of all the Fae in this book are all glamoured to look like humans when they don't look like that at all. I found that to be really interesting.

Yes, this book is sort of romance driven (though Isobel does question if she really does love Rook throughout the book) and it does have some action thrown in it which is a plus. I really didn't want to leave this world of magic and Faeries and I'm sad that the journey had to end. I hope that Margaret Rogerson continues to write stories set in this world. I want to read more about Rook and Isobel and I want to see if they do end up as King and Queen. Word to the wise as you read this book keep an eye on Gadfly. I couldn't put this book down after the initial opening slowness and it kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more. I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys a good story about faeries and romance.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5


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