An Enchantment of Ravens

An Enchantment of Ravens

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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.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781481497589
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 23 cm

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Manmeet_sidhu
Nov 17, 2020

This book was a little slow in the beginning for me but as I read on, I was much more captivated. I wish that it wasn't a stand alone, I would have loved to read more about this world and the characters!

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JHope24601
Jun 07, 2020

*slight spoilers* The synopsis of this book hooked me in and I eagerly awaited to make my way through this book. One thing I did enjoy was the writing! The writing was lush and gorgeous. This author has a very good way with words, and I did like that. The beginning was fine, but as the book went along I felt like pieces of the plot were missing. The whole main point in the book’s synopsis was the main plot for what felt like ten pages and then it turned to almost no plot at all and it was hard to follow the reasoning of the main characters well. The romance felt rushed, in my opinion, and it felt out of character for Rook (considering how every other fair folk acted). Especially him just having such a change of character within a few pages. I wanted to like this book, but I found myself skipping chunks at the end just to get through it. If you’re looking for a book with a consistent plot and deep characters then this probably isn’t the book to check out. If you want a light read that you don’t have to invest in for too long then I’d suggest looking into this book.

I liked this book. I found it predictable, and somewhat slow, and very, very short, but overall it was pleasant. It just didn't make me FEEL THINGS like I wanted it to. I love the idea of the courts and the seasons and everything that goes on here; the Fae obsession with Craft, Isobel's painting, her goats-turned-sisters, the little glimmers of humour throughout - all of that was fun and the writing is beautiful. I just wanted...more, somehow. I was never truly transported by this story, and that was disappointing.

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jg1102
Feb 23, 2020

I loved this story primarily as a romance rather than a fantasy, but the setting was really interesting. I'm not too familiar with fairy lore, but the author does a pretty good job of explaining without feeling super overwhelming. I found Rook very endearing in his sincerity, and really enjoyed their light banter (there are some great one-liners) and relationship progression. IMO the ending is a little underwhelming, but the journey makes it more than worth it.

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lizask
Jan 12, 2020

The book is beautifully written and the world building is lush and broad. It was a very enjoyable read, even though I am not very much of a romance reader.

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happycanuck
Dec 26, 2019

Very much a fairy tale. Not really my genre so am not going to rate it.

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FantasyFox
Dec 16, 2019

i loved this book! i loved the adventure in this! i loved the magic and how its so unusual! its amazing!

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glacialflames
Mar 12, 2019

I really enjoyed this! I thought it was a really fresh take on fae, I liked the worldbuilding a lot, and I thought the characters were well done!

*Warning-this text contains a spoiler*

My feelings for this book kind of went up and down in waves. It was certainly a well-written and descriptive novel, and I enjoyed the prose and world-building. However, “An Enchantment of Ravens” just went through patches of just being...dull, for lack of a better word. There were sections where the writing and plot failed to compel me, making for sections akin to literary doldrums. And just when I thought that I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer, thinking that I’d wasted my money and that this book would only get two stars from me, BAM. ACTION!
Now, let’s elaborate on that, shall we? I believe that any good book has to have a perfect balance between action and slower sections, more dedicated to character development and reveals and such. “An Enchantment of Ravens” was simply a little heavy-handed with the latter of the two, making for an unfortunate imbalance.
At this point, the only aspect keeping me from a 2.75 or even a 2.5 star rating was the Fair folk. Everything about them was just so well-thought out, and gorgeous to visualize. Parts reminded me of many of my favorite fantasy books that I’ve read throughout my childhood, which was thoroughly enjoyable. <<spoiler>> I even got some Hellboy II vibes (specifically King Balor) from the Alder King, right down to his death <<end spoiler>>. Had there been this much attention to detail put into the plot, my rating would most definitely have been higher.
In short, “An Enchantment of Ravens” had promise, but just wasn’t quite executed well enough.

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AConsolver
Sep 06, 2018

3.5 - 4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy YA fantasy with a bit of romance.

This story follows Isobel, a prodigy painter who is commissioned by The Fair Ones to paint their portraits. Human Craft is valued above all else to The Fair Ones. They pay her in enchantments, and she knows how to avoid their cruel tricks. When the Autumn Prince commissions her to paint his portrait, she is irked by her unusual inability to capture his likeness. She finds that his eyes carry human sorrow, an impossibility for a Fair One. She paints him as such, and in the process may cost him his life. She must rectify the wrong she has done, or face certain death herself.

First of all, can we take a second to bask in the beautiful glory that is this cover? My goodness. Just perfection. It's shimmery too you guys. Alright then, moving along. Overall I think I read this one too fast. A lot of things happened, and it felt jumbled to me. I liked the world that Rogerson built, I loved the bits about human Craft, and the enchantments, I liked the different lands that she travels through, etc. It did remind me a bit of ACoTaR: season courts (spring court, autumn court, etc.), and a human girl taken prisoner by a fae lord. However, I also liked the differences. There was some interesting elemental sorts of magic in this story, the enchantments were also very neat, I liked that humans had the magic of their Craft as well. I would have enjoyed a bit more world building upon those things. I had trouble understanding some of the characters. I felt that Isobel was sometimes very type A, and other times oddly laid back (in the face of danger). Sometimes I felt that she wasn't taking things seriously. The romance felt insta-love-y sometimes, and other times not at all. It shifted from 0 to 100 throughout the book without a lot of internal struggle... to the point where I didn't feel on pins and needles waiting for them to get together. I felt that some of it was predictable, but other parts surprised me, and were left a bit unexplained. Again, these things could have been as a result of reading this all in one day... I've got to stop doing that. I really enjoyed some of the characters that she created though. For example, Isobel's sisters were very cute and mischievous. I also appreciated that Isobel was very adamant about consent. Very adamant. Which I feel was really good... and doesn't come up very often, especially in YA fiction. Overall I enjoyed this story, and would be interested to read more of Rogerson's books in the future. Preferably with equally gorgeous covers. :)

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Hannah Acabal
Sep 11, 2020

"Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us?"

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ChindaofSPPL
Apr 11, 2019

“She’d accepted that behaving correctly meant not being happy, because that was the way the world worked.”

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Joanna_ni
Sep 25, 2020

Isobel is a skilled painter in Whimsy, who paints portraits for the Fair Folk in exchange for enchantments that make her life on a farm easier. The Fair Folk value human Craft as they can not create anything (non-magical-wise) without crumbling into dust. One day, a frequent customer, one of her very first patrons, mentions that the Autumn Prince, called Rook, will be visiting for a portrait. Unnerved by a sudden unannounced visit, Isobel paints his portrait but with mortal sorrow in his eyes, a terrible mistake, showing weakness. The Fair Folk despise weakness and look down upon those who show it; thus Rook may lose his throne. Rook drags Isobel to stand for trial, but they are chased by the Winter Court's Wild Hunt and side route to the Spring Court. But their journey changed from grudging alliance for survival to love. And a crime worse than showing weakness is a fairy in love.

This book was rather nice. Margaret Rogerson wrote lovely descriptions of Isobel's painting techniques and the world of Whimsy. Isobel is a clever character that carefully words her enchantments from her patrons to benefit her (eggs for a portrait!) and her family. Overall, this book portrays an entirely different view of faeries and their shallow world.

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