Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: September 26th 2017
Genres: Art, Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult Fiction
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.
After being absent from the book community for awhile due to having Adult Responsibilities, I actually missed out on hearing about a lot of new releases. One I couldn’t possibly miss, due to all the hype, was AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS. Me being all easily swayed and all, I did the only thing I really could do – I went out and immediately bought it as soon as I could. And by that I mean I immediately coerced my boyfriend to buy it for me.
While I liked the book, I don’t completely agree with the overwhelming five star reviews. But then again, I am much pickier than most. AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS sort of reminds me of an old time fairy tale, but it has moments of strangely modern humor, which sort of took me out of the story. While funny, the humor just seemed a little out of place. Other than that, the writing was pretty great.
Everything kept a good pace throughout, even when the characters were traveling. Descriptions were vivid, and there were a lot of things covered for a standalone fantasy novel. It was actually pretty impressive. Even side characters were fleshed out, and there weren’t any questions that went unanswered until the end, but it has somewhat of an open ending so that was understandable. There were also some fun twists and turns.
The concept behind the book was actually a lot cooler than I expected. The fair folk are completely incapable of the creation of human Craft. They can’t cook themselves, create their own clothes, or create art. So they come into town whenever they need something made, and Isobel happens to be a painter. I was a little worried it would be like Sarah J. Maas’ A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES but you don’t have to worry about that.
My main issue with this book was the romance. Put simply, it was insta-love. It wasn’t the terribly annoying instant obsession of “I’d die for you” but the book would have definitely benefited from a slower burn, instead of hitting you out of nowhere.
Overall, I would recommend this one if you haven’t already read it, but maybe adjust your expectations.