A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.
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.
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—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight 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.
Before I started reading “An Enchantment of Ravens”, I had really high expectations for it. I always try to not expect anything from books, especially not from hyped ones and this was definitely one of those books I remember being all readers talked about around the time it came out last year, but people have continuously been comparing it to the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas, so naturally I thought it would be just as gripping as those books. Well, long story short, that wasn’t the case and I have to say that “An Enchantment of Ravens” was easily one of the most boring books I’ve ever read. It was so boring, I couldn’t even get myself to finish it and DNFd it around the 65% mark.
One of the first things that began bothering me right from the start of this book is that I personally felt like its premise was way too similar to ACOTAR. Both books revolve around a female main character who is a mortal and the male main character who is a high fae (in ACOTAR it’s the high lord of the spring court and in AEOR it’s the autumn prince). In both books the girl does something forbidden which is why she’s taken to the respective court to “pay” for her mistakes. The problem is that Maas has written a book that is interesting and has plot twists that managed to surprise me while Rogerson’s book literally managed to make me fall asleep.
There was simply nothing interesting about this novel. The main characters were bland and I couldn’t have cared less about them. Isobel reminded me of a 12-year-old girl and was incredibly annoying while Rook felt like an 80-year-old grandpa which just made their relationship super weird for me. I also quite quickly realized that I would once again encounter one of my biggest bookish pet peeves: insta-love. Believe me, I’m not giving anything away by saying that they declare their love for each other about 40% into the book because you can literally see this coming from the start. It was definitely one of the most frustrating moments in the book because at that point they barely knew more about each other than their first names which I don’t even think were their real ones.
As I’ve mentioned before, I DNFd the book about 100 pages after their love declaration because following that, there was mostly just lots and lots of talking about the mortal world and the faerie world while they were travelling to the autumn court. I do understand that this was probably done to make sure the reader understands the differences between both worlds, but the dialogue just wasn’t well done and I was mainly just cringing at the awkwardness of some of the conversations. That was if I wasn’t falling asleep while listening to the audiobook and some of the seemingly endless descriptions of parts of the forest they wandered through.
So all in all, the plot of this book was underwhelming, the main characters were obnoxious and the faeries in general were portrayed in a way that they seemed about as pretty and likeable as the troll in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I’m so disappointed because I really wanted to like this book as much as many other people apparently liked it but I just can’t give it more than one star. However, I just want to say that I don’t think Margaret Rogerson is a bad author just because I didn’t enjoy her debut novel. There were indeed a few, albeit small, passages in there that were well written and showed that she seems to have a talent for writing and I think she could write an amazing novel once she thinks of the right plot and the right characters.
Have you already read “An Enchantment of Ravens” and did you like it? 🙂