Hello Lovely readers!
Today I am reviewing An Enchantment of Raven by Margaret Rogerson! This is Rogerson’s debut novel and I recently read her other standalone fantasy, Sorcery of which as you all know, I adored! So here are my thoughts on An Enchantment of Ravens!!
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.
I think my expectations were too high for this book. I had already read Sorcery of Thorns by Rogerson and loved that book with every ounce of my being and this book just simply did not live up to that.
It started off so promising, beautiful setting and plot. The characters were so rich as were the mythologies of the fae, but as soon as the Autumn Prince came into the picture, things started going so fast and I couldn’t keep it!
I wasn’t a fan of the insta love for no reason, and the fact that in the end, everything was solved so easily and with little explanation. For example, how do Isobel and Rook plan to be together for eternity if she is still human? For that matter, how did the green well self destruct because of a simple pin?
I really really wanted to enjoy this book, and I did rather like some aspects of it, but its pacing and disregard to detail really turned me off. If the book had been 100-200 pages longer I think it would’ve been wonderful.
XOX Shelby Grace
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