Review: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Why I chose this book: 

I’ll be honest, I’m totally a “judge a book by its cover” girl, and that cover art is gorgeous. Also, as a person who has a strong interest in European mythologies, particularly Irish, Celtic, and Scottish myths, I was not about to pass this book up.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts: 

I will say that I enjoyed parts of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. It was quite beautiful and lyrical without wandering into purple prose. Her descriptions were defamiliarizing which created a completely different world for me as a reader.

Even so, I thought this book was a decent attempt for a debut author. The plot was very simplistic—almost painfully so. Maybe it’s because I’m used to reading complex narratives or books with multiple subplots, but An Enchanment of Ravens was a very straight forward story with straight forward characters.

I listened to this book via audio (the narrator is fantastic!), and I finished it in 2 days. I don’t normally finish books that I don’t somewhat enjoy in that small a time period. With that being said, I don’t want to completely crush this book. I will most likely read the next book she publishes (with hopes that it is better than this one), but I can’t bring myself to give this book more than an average rating.

I gave this book 3 stars.

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