An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I enjoyed every minute of this book
I don’t read all that much of the Fantasy genre and this was one of my first books dealing with the Fairy Folk or Fae Courts. I had read a few of the reviews of this book beforehand and I saw that it was compared to A Court of Thorns and Roses which I also own, so I had a decision to make on which book to read first.
ACOTAR seems a bit more my style, from the blurb it seems to focus more on the romance. However, I sometimes have a pet peeve about books always being a series. I really like standalones now and then. It is nice not always having to read an entire series every time you pick up a book that sounds good. So I went with this one.
I really liked it. The book was YA Fantasy, and the two main characters do fall in Love. I really like how they fall in love despite each other’s flaws. The heroine, Isobel is a human painter who has been painting portraits of the Fairy folk ever since she was a young girl. The Fae love human craft. They can’t do crafts themselves or they will turn to dust, but they love to acquire crafts such as paintings, books, clothing and bakery items.
One of Isobel’s patrons, Gadfly recommends Isabel’s services to the autumn prince Rook. Isobel paints his picture over a few months and gets to know him and like him and has it delivered to his castle. The following week he returns in a fury because his subjects have seen him as weak since she had painted him with the human emotion of sorrow in his eyes. The fair folk do not have human emotions. So he captures her to take her to trial.
On the way, many things happen. Isobel already knows a lot of things about the Fair folk such as the fact that when she trades her paintings with them for enchantments she has to be very cautious in the wording because they often backfire and become dangerous or deadly.
I enjoyed how Isobel begins to see behind the glamour that they all have, to what is really there. She starts to paint each of them as she really sees them and ends up changing things more than anyone could imagine. Rook can’t help but be drawn to that. He is a very heroic character but is also quite funny because he is still Fae, so he holds on to his glamour even though she no longer cares about it. They are vain, so It reminded me of how women won’t go outside without makeup.
The Fae are empty without their glamour, at one point Isobel imagines seeing through the glamour, which they use for everything they present to the outside world.
No, it was the knowledge that all around me sat empty people in rotting clothes, nibbling on flyblown trifles while they spoke of nothing of consequence with fixed smiles on their false faces. What would this feast look like with all the glamour gone? I imagined fresh grapes gleaming next to a dish of pudding turned brown as mud, swarming with larvae. Clotted fluid pouring from a bottle, imbibed without protest.
The wine soured in my gut, as if it too had spoiled and festered. My simmering nausea threatened to boil over. I swallowed several times as saliva flooded my mouth.
The books is an awesome adventure and a great romance and worth the full five stars in this category.