Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: September 26, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Date read: October 15, 2017
My rating: ★★★★★
“You are like a living rose among wax flowers. We may last forever, but you bloom brighter and smell sweeter, and draw blood with your thorns.”
When I first heard about An Enchantment of Ravens, I instantly fell in love with the synopsis and cover(!) and I just knew I had to read it. So I preordered it, impatiently waiting until the day it would finally arrive at my doorstep. When it arrived I was so excited to read it! I’d already read amazing reviews about it, so I couldn’t wait to start reading. And let me tell you: this book did not disappoint me one bit!
An Enchantment of Ravens tells the story of Isobel, a seventeen years old girl who has a passion for painting. She creates beautiful portraits for the Fair Folk, who aren’t able to create human craft and therefore trade valuable enchantments in exchange for Isobel’s paintings. This way, Isobel is able to protect herself and her family. Then, one day, the autumn prince pays Isobel a visit, and Isobel has to paint his portret. While doing so, she makes the terrible mistake of painting human sorrow in his eyes. This endangers not only the prince, but also herself. The prince is so angry he takes her away to the autumn courts so she can stand trial. They soon find out that the journey is taking a turn neither of them expected, and soon they must flee for survival.
The moment I started reading this novel, I just couldn’t put it down! It captured me from the very beginning, and before I knew it I had read about half of the novel in one sitting. The world Margaret Rogerson created is mind-glowingly good. I’ve read a lot of other books with fairy creatures, and while she stayed true to existing folklore, she also incorporated her own, unique ideas. I just loved reading about the Fair Folk – how they are always well-mannered and polite, and how they have to curtsy back when someone curtsies at them!
“I paint not because I want to, not because I’m good at it, but because it is what I must do, what I love and breathe, what I was made for.”
Isobel is such an interesting character to read about. She’s an artist, and she thinks like an artist, and while reading you see the world through her artists eyes. I’m a huge fan of art myself (and even though I’m not amazingly good at it, I love to make art), and reading about Isobel and the details of creating art and paint from scratch made me enjoy the story even more!
This book was full of action, romance, humor… It just has everything I need in a very good book. The plot kept surprising me with twists I didn’t see coming and the ending left me speechless. I did think it was a bit too short (297 pages), and guessing by the ending, it’s not a series but a stand-alone novel – I would’ve loved to read more about the world and characters she created. Hopefully she will decide to write more stories in this enchanting world of hers!
This novel is a must read for everyone who loves fairy lore and fantasy. Have you read An Enchantment of Ravens? If so, what are your thoughts on it?