An Enchantment of Ravens

An Enchantment of Ravens

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Margaret K. McElderry Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481497589
1481497588
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 24 cm

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red_cobra_341
Feb 12, 2018

This book wasn't bad, per say, and I loved the premise and setting, but something about the characters and plot (especially the abrupt ending) doesn't quite work.

kathleen_DCL Feb 01, 2018

My kind of a book. Fantasy, funny with some romance and you're not quite sure who Isobel, the main character, can trust.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 25, 2018

The book that I will be reviewing will be An Enchantment of Ravens written by Margaret Rogerson. This book is about a girl named Isobel who paints portraits for the Fair folk, who can't even put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. These immortals only want one thing, human craft and will trade valuable enchantments for Isobel's portraits. When Isobel gets her first royal patron-Rook, the autumn prince she does something terrible that could cost the life of both herself and the prince. Unfortunately they are forced to be on the same side when they are suddenly attacked on their journey to the palace. I think that this book really shows just what people will do to take advantage of something a person can do that they can't do themselves. It also shows what price they are willing to pay. I would give this book a 4 star rating.
- @PrimaBallerina of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

JessicaGma Jan 22, 2018

I am glad I wasn't the only one who thought the book had a great premise and interesting ideas, but it was lacking in.....something. I will go with further plotting as the ending was a bit abrupt and perhaps too pat. Not bad, but there are more entertaining fantasy reads out there.

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adom2717
Jan 05, 2018

Let me start by saying I definitely think this book was overhyped. That being said I did enjoy reading it. It wasn't a bad book but I felt like it was lacking something. It definitely felt Insta lovey to me. Also I just didn't like the two characters together all that much. I did like the whole craft plot. That was an interesting twist to it. And I absolutely detest the ending. It felt very abrupt. Outside of that though this book was just alright but I didn't hate reading it.

Beatricksy Dec 12, 2017

A pleasure to read. It put me in mind of Pan's Labyrinth; gorgeous, creepy, a little gross, with a strong cast of characters that put your teeth on edge because you're not quite sure who to trust or why. Deeply lyrical text with a trace of sarcasm that stops it delving into purple prose (at least, in my mind--your mileage may vary). The romance is a tad insta-lovey, but they bicker and banter well together and made me laugh out loud once or twice, and the last like 40 pages were the most breathlessly enjoyable sequence of events. They even threw some nice surprising curveballs at me. Maas fans should especially enjoy this one.

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