“Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us?” – An Enchantment of Ravens
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.
When I started An Enchantment of Ravens it was literally just hours after finishing Legendary. I wanted to jump into a book that still delved into fantasy but wouldn’t force me to have to completely relearn an entirely world.
An Enchantment of Ravens was perfect for what I was looking for. While Legendary managed to bring me out of my slump, I was cautious that I would fall back into it if I wasn’t careful. Caitlynn has spoken so highly about An Enchantment of Ravens that I figured it was time I gave it a chance.
The story is a simple fantasy, in which we are shown a world with Fae and how humans manage to live among them. What’s great is that it’s not an entire world that you’re expected to learn when getting into Rogerson’s novel. Instead the reader’s world is built around what they know of the Fair Folk and then builds into a rather standard world.
The one thing that did bother me about An Enchantment of Ravens was the books pacing. It felt like everything was incredibly rushed when it would have been nice to prolong certain moments and scenes were entirely too long for minor moments. There’s one instance in the story when the reader is given a page worth of color descriptions and what they look like when blended between brush and canvas.
At just 300 pages, the book would have taken me less than a day to complete had I not had to work. It’s an easy, worthwhile read that’s great if you’re wanting to stay within the fantasy genre, but not have to go through all of the world building at the start of a new series.