October is an enchanting month where the season change is in full swing, but it’s always summertime in Whimsy. Where enchantments from the fairfolk come as payments for services, known as Craft. And Isobel is a painter of great renown, and she knows the tricks of the fairpeople. But even she cannot shy away from the autumn prince who has not graced Whimsy’s presence in hundreds of years. And when she paints the most human emotions in his eyes, Isobel is thrown into a trip through the autumnlands to confess her crimes against Rook, the autumn prince.
If you have been following my gram, you know full well how much I loved this book. The writing is eloquent, the world is enchanting, and the characters are real and awkward and fascinating to follow around. Harrowing beasts and fairfolk bar their path (cannot have an easy journey). And not even an enchantment of ravens can warn Isobel of the danger she is pulled into.
- Cast of comical and complex characters, from the twins who were once goats, to Gadfly and Rook’ s banter.
- A world perceived as enchanting truly is horrifying. Gotta love good worldbuilding. Take me to Whimsy, please~
- Rook, the simple fool who does not know sarcasm or exaggeration for the life of him. I loved his character so much 😍
- Gadfly, what an asshole. In a good way lol.
- I wish there was more family time, the twins were devilishly fun to read.
- Not much else I could say, except some parts did drag, but I’m just being an asshole at this point because I can’t think of anything else 🙃
This book gets 5🎯 straight through my body.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.