An Enchantment of RavensBook - 2017
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"Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us?"
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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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