An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Synopsis: "A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.
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."
Review: I was craving a good fantasy novel and I'm SO happy I picked this one up. It's rare to come along a standalone fantasy novel, so I was a little skeptical about that, but the story fit so perfectly in just 300 pages.
First of all, this book is aesthetic. I don't mean just that gorgeous cover, but the way this book is written creates a beautifully crafted world that provides the perfect amount of detail, while allowing for the reader to imagine the rest. The autumnal vibes throughout the book was simply beautiful. The concept of creation being so important was also something I really valued an enjoyed while reading.
Then, there are the characters and the romance. I was worried that the romance in this novel would be rushed, but I honestly didn't feel that way and as soon as they met I was shipping them together. Isobel was a seemingly average character, but with each page she grew with more and more depth. I also really liked May and March as goats, I have no idea why, but they made me laugh every time. And obviously, there was Rook, he was as charming as he was annoying at first, but just like how Isobel's character developed, Rook's did too.
Cover: ★★★★★ (as magical as one of Isobel's portraits)
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