Summary from Goodreads:
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.
The writing in this book is beautiful. The author does an incredible job describing everything in detail, but without making it seem overdone. I was able to visualize so much because of this and it made the book that much better.
I loved Isobel and Rook. I didn’t care that they were doomed to die for falling in love. I needed them to be together. Isobel is so strong, passionate about her family and craft, and stubborn. Rook was a bit hard to like at first, but he was quite the romantic. I blamed the rest of his issues on being a fair one.
The worlds and beasts were described so well. I loved the changes from different fairy lands. I found it interesting that they basically glamour everything. From their looks to their food, nothing is as it seems.
March and May were fun additions and I really enjoyed the parts they were in. I found that I actually liked Gadfly even though I probably shouldn’t have liked any of the fair ones. The fact that they couldn’t tell a lie was an interesting fact, too. Obviously most were able to tell things in a way that was more proper, though deceptive, but some were funny when they had to honest. Like Rook telling Isobel about her short legs while telling her that he loved her. The little things like that really stood out to me.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars (rounded up to 5 for goodreads). It was a pleasure to read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss+ for review.
An Enchantment of Ravens will be released on September 26th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books.
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