An Enchantment of Ravens
Overall Rating: ★★★
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. 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.
My TL:DR before I get into all the deets: An Enchantment of Ravens is a more dangerous version of Alice in Wonderland with a hint of Dorian Gray thrown in. It’s whimsical, with just enough danger to keep you on your toes, but I found myself wanting more. More romance, more answers, more in-depth character backgrounds, more everything.
I’ve read so many books about faeries, but for some reason Rogerson’s take just seemed way more magical. When I say this reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, it’s because the world is very bizarre and whimsical in the most entertaining ways – from the fae princes down to the food they eat, there’s always something mystical to find.
Isobel isn’t fierce or quick-witted like we’ve become accustomed to with YA heroines. She’s subtle, soft, smart, and endearing. Yet, she still manages to handle herself among the fae by being the cool, collected artist they crave. She sticks to her principles and even scolds herself when she knows she’s being like “those girls”. She isn’t the typical type of character I end up loving, but for some reason she just works. Not everyone needs to be a warrior princess to be amazing.
Lack of Details
This isn’t to say that the descriptions and attention to detail were lacking, I just wish there had been more development with everything. I’m pretty sure this is just me being a sucker for a good series and never wanting stories to truly end but…¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
I just can’t stop thinking about things like: Why can’t faeries do any type of crafts? What happens to Rook and Isobel? What about the King? What about the world that people sail to to get away from magic? I just have SO. MANY. QUESTIONS. They’re definitely all unnecessary, but alas, I still think everything ended too quickly.
The Ugly Truth
This book is a quirky, quick and fun read. If you’re into faeries and the lore, then you will definitely enjoy Rogerson’s world. Isobel and Rook are so precious and pure, their relationship will warm your heart like a mid-summer night’s dream (get it…because Puck, *badumpsh*). I’d recommend this if you need a pick-me-up from a book hangover or if you’re just looking for something light!
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