An Enchantment of Ravens

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Read: June 2018

I had heard that some readers were disappointed with this book, but I enjoyed it. I thought it was okay.

My favorite genre is fantasy and I love reading about fea or fairies or fair folk. And I love when there are new traits added in with the old. For instance, many stories, including An Enchantment of Ravens, have it to where the fae can’t tell lies. But I’ve never read a story where the fair folk couldn’t craft, they can’t cook or paint or anything that creates. So they rely on the humans to create for them.

Isobel is a painter. A very, very good painter. So good that many fae seek her out to have their portraits painted. When the autumn prince, Rook, needs his portrait done, Isobel is the artist that is recommended. He goes to her for her Craft and the two gradually get closer as the weeks go by. Just before the painting is finished, Rook must return home. He has her send the finished work to the Autumn Court and, after it arrives, he decides to present it to them all at once, even before he sees it.

Like I said, Isobel is a very skilled artist. Unfortunately, it creates a problem for her when Rook returns, angry with her for a certain something that she added to the painting: human sorrow. His court sees this as a weakness and he takes Isobel to stand trial back at the Autumn Court. But as they are making their way to Rook’s court, they’re stopped by multiple things getting in their way.

I don’t really know what to say about this book. Even though I really did enjoy myself while reading An Enchantment of Ravens, there wasn’t much that was going on and I didn’t find a lot that stuck out to me. That’s probably the reason why people were disappointed or didn’t like it. I liked reading about the fae in a new way, but it wasn’t enough to be a great book for me. I just felt like there was something missing.

I think this book was more character-driven rather than plot-driven because, even though there are a few points that are important in moving the story along, it mainly focuses on the relationship between Isobel and Rook. Almost the entire book is about them walking through a forest and, by the end, I wasn’t sure how much more of it I could take.

I was disappointed with the way the book ends. I had this thought that the author wouldn’t end it a certain way because it’s way too cliché. So I had ruled it out in my head and then, throughout the book, I had no idea how Isobel and Rook were going to make it out alive. Well then when it ended in the most obvious way, it was kind of unexpected. I was disappointed that it ended that way, but I liked not knowing how everything was going to turn out.

I definitely wasn’t blown away by this story and it’s not one of my favorites, but I’m still not sure what rating I should give it. Initially after reading it, I gave it four stars. I think that’s being generous. I don’t know if I would ever read it again and I’m not going to give a great star rating to a book that doesn’t deserve it. So maybe it’s a three star? I obviously didn’t love it, but I didn’t completely dislike the book either.

Have you read An Enchantment of Ravens? If so, let me know what you thought of it!

Or, if you haven’t, are you a fan of the fantasy genre? What are some of your favorites?

Happy Reading!!

Love, Lece

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