An Enchantment of Ravens
Updated: Jul 12, 2021
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
"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."
An Enchantment of Ravens is the YA fantasy debut novel by Margaret Rogerson.
If her name sounds familiar to you, she is also the author of Sorcery of Thorns which was her second novel. And if you've seen my review for that, than you know how much I loved that book. This book, however, didn't quite reach that level for me. While I did enjoy the story and thought that this was a very good debut book, Sorcery of Thorns just had a bigger impression on me and a longer lasting impact.
I rather liked the characters but felt that more could have done to develop them further. I also thought that their romance was a bit insta-lovey and it was a telling more than showing that they loved each other kind of romance. I think the book could have benefited from being a bit longer as things were moving too quickly for everything to be fleshed out properly. Still, though, this was an enjoyable read with a unique premise. (I also kept picturing black swan era Taehyung as Rook the entire time because it fit perfectly. If you know then you know).