An Enchantment of Ravens
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published September 26th, 2017
About An Enchantment of Ravens
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.
Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of 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.
I was incredibly excited to get to read this new release! Faeries, and painting, and the autumn prince…this was the perfect fall read. It was a lot darker/creepier than I was expecting, and the romance got a little extreme at times, but other than that, I loved it. This would make a great book to read for Halloween.
The book is written in first person perspective, which means that we get to hear directly from Isobel herself. It was neat hearing the story through her voice, though it did feel limited at times. I was hoping to see more of the scope of the faerie world, and how it worked, but instead the book just skimmed the surface. I feel like there is so much more that could be explored here–definitely series material, though at this point it’s just a standalone.
The parts of Whimsy and the faerie courts we did see, however, were captivating. The setting reminded me a lot of Goldstone Woods, from Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s books, both in its complexity and its dark, mysterious feel. The intricacies of the fair folk, and their customs were fascinating.
The plot itself kept me guessing at every corner, especially towards the end. It surprised me again and again, and I wasn’t sure how everything was going to work out in the end. You’ll just have to read for yourself to find out what happens!
In the end, I’m rating An Enchantment of Ravens 4 stars out of 5 (-1 for content). It’s the perfect creepy fall read for fans of Heather Dixon and Anne Elisabeth Stengl.
Recommended for Ages 16 up.
All of the human characters are described as white. Some of the fair folk are darker shades, and some are lighter (depending on what court they are from).
Profanity/Crude Language Content
A few bad words and crude language here and there.
Some heavy kissing/touching. Sex is brought up, but doesn’t happen. Isobel is naked more than once near/in sight of Rook. She peeks at him washing.
Faerie courts and magic.
Characters are in mortal peril often, and sometimes close to death. Some wounds are described.
Characters drink wine.