An Enchantment of Ravens
Release: September 26, 2017
Page Count: 304
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 among them. 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, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.
Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of 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.
Unusually, An Enchantment of Ravens is a fantasy novel on the shorter side, yet it still proves to stand among some of the biggest YA bestsellers of fantasy such as Sarah J Maass’ Throne of Glass series, and Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series and spin off Six of Crows duology.
- I loved how unique the magic system in this novel was. As I’ve mentioned previously, I have read lots of fantasy novels that star the fae within them and I have never read a book before where the fae are unable to create things. I’ve never read a novel where the fae must rely on mortals.
- The romance was definitely a slow burn and wow was it fabulous. Together Rook and Isobel’s characters just fit perfectly and yeah let’s just leave it at that and say they’re perfect and deserve to be happy together forever.
- It was short! And I don’t mean this in a bad way, like I said at the beginning of this review, while this novel is short it certainly doesn’t make it any lesser than some bestsellers out there. The length of the novel ensured for a well paced plot that was constantly moving without any lag time.
- The author’s writing was amazing. The tiny details the author incorporated into this novel was amazing and really painted a picture of the world she envisioned in my minds eye.
- This novel does do some messy work with time and the past, present and future which always results in confusion. Because of this messiness, the end was a little confusing for me (still epic, but confusing) and had trouble understanding exactly what was happening.
- The end was pretty abrupt. I felt that there was so much more to the story, or at least a more proper ending especially since *cries* this novel is a standalone. Let’s just say that realizing there was no more left was quite traumatizing for me.
Overall, An Enchantment of Ravens was amazing. It was magical, romantic and packed with action that kept me on my toes every single page of this book. I highly recommend this novel to any fantasy lover, and even to someone who loves romance because the romance in this novel is quite sweet.