Fantasy

An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson

4 stars

I picked An Enchantment of Ravens up from the library the other day after spending weeks drooling over the cover art online and I’m so glad I did!

 

Ravens
Cover image from Goodreads

 

I’ve been in a reading slump lately. Disappointing book after disappointing book. An Enchantment of Ravens finally broke that streak!

The Goodreads synopsis:

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.

I trimmed a bit off the end of Goodreads’ synopsis because I felt that it bled over into spoiler territory.

An Enchantment of Ravens is a lovely standalone novel and Rogerson’s debut. Tightly written and neatly wrapped up, An Enchantment of Ravens was just the light palate cleanser I needed. Ravens has the feel of a classic fairytale, without being completely predictable or a retelling of a familiar story. Much like Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, An Enchantment of Ravens gave me the comforting feeling of visiting old friends and familiar worlds while still providing a fresh story to discover.

I enjoyed getting to know Isobel and Rook and discover the fairy lands through Isobel’s eyes. Rogerson built an interesting world with familiar elements and new twists.

I can see revisiting An Enchantment of Ravens time and time again, whenever I need a break from reading what feels like an endless onslaught of new series. It’s becoming a rarer thing to find a story encapsulated in a single tome with a satisfying ending. As such, Ravens was a delight.

An Enchantment of Ravens hit shelves on September 26, 2017.

 

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