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An Enchantment of Ravens


An Enchantment of Ravens

In Margaret Rogerson’s AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS, we are introduced to Isobel. Isobel is a portrait artist, and in a world where Craft is more valuable than gold, her work is what keeps her family alive. Unable to create, the fair folk desire the craft made by human hands, and exchange wishes and enchantments to pay for their pieces. Conscious of the devious intents of the fair folk’s deals, Isobel only asks for precisely what she wants, and delivers exactly what’s expected, until Rook, the autumn prince, requests a painting. In her journey to paint the truth of what she sees, she paints sorrow into his eyes, a human emotion unknown to the fair folk.

"Beautiful and bewitching, AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS weaves together a story like no other."

Devastated and embarrassed by the painting, Rook whisks her away in order to relinquish the intentions of her painting and heal his pride. Trailed by the Wild Hunt, and the Alder’s King dark blight, Rook and Isobel form a mutual alliance, which eventually transpires into something more, breaking the Good Law of the fair folk; no human and fair one can fall in love. The only solution is to drink from the Green Well, transforming Isobel into a fair one, at the cost of her Craft. In order to save herself and Rook from the ruthless fair folk, Isobel must use her newfound skill in her Craft to impress the fair folk. Everyone learned she can paint human emotions into the lifeless fair folk’s paintings, but only Isobel knows she has the power to make them feel.

Beautiful and bewitching, AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS weaves together a story like no other. Combining loveable characters, beautiful descriptions and an ever-changing plot, Rogerson’s book and the world she created entranced me from the first account of Isobel’s art. This world was wonderfully constructed, including tiny bits, like Isobel’s once-goat-now-human sisters, that made this world so much more complete and immersive. Every action or choice made complete sense based on this world that was developed, so I was able to understand and sympathize with everything Isobel was going through.

Beyond Isobel, Rook was the kind of love interest you can’t help but fall in love with, and that’s exactly what happened to me. By the end of his initial introduction scene, I knew he was going to be wonderful and I was not disappointed. Isobel’s intelligent and courageous attitude combined with Rook’s protective and kind yet vain personality brought dialogue that made me laugh out loud and heart-wrenching moments that brought tears to my eyes. Even supporting characters like Isobel’s loyal customer Gadfly, or her scoundrel sisters, May and March, added a unique sense of life to the novel.

Beyond my love for the characters, I was consistently impressed by how well developed this world was. Most fantasy novels, similar to this one, are built into a series, and take several books before the world and conflict is fully understood. This novel did an amazing job of creating an in-depth and captivating plot, without seeming rushed. Similarly, each court --- autumn, winter, summer and spring --- were introduced in various parts in the novel, and each description was mesmerizing in its own way.

Overall, AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS is a wonderful novel, with entrancing characters and a fast-paced plot. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy, especially fans of A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas.

Reviewed by Jessica K., Teen Board Member on October 16, 2017

An Enchantment of Ravens
by Margaret Rogerson