This book has had so much hype on Twitter. I actually hadn’t heard of it, but my co-blogger Missy had been searching for it for ages! We randomly walked by the Simon and Shuster booth at BookCon and I saw it on a table as a giveaway. Needlesstosay, we ran to that table really quick!
Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Rating: 4/5 stars
Pub date: September 26, 2017
I received this as an ARC from BookCon. This is an honest review.
I have mentioned before that I don’t tend to like books about the fae and faerie realm. Because of the buzz, I figured that I would try it out! I was pleasantly surprised. This story follows Isobel, who is a Craft worker. She does paintings and many fae come to have their portrait done by her. Fae are somewhat bloodthirsty for Craft pieces and Isobel’s are no exception. One day, a faerie Prince comes to have his portrait done and, unhappy with the results, kidnaps Isobel.
I felt that the story was pretty unique in itself. Humans doing Craft work for fae is something I hadn’t read about before and the relations between humans/fae aren’t always the best in books I have read previously. Fae give humans enchantments in exchange for their Craft work and Isobel is famous for hers, so she is visited by many fae. I liked Isobel as a character, but I think I liked Rook (the prince) a little bit more. I thought he was… Well, enchanting, for lack of a better word and his power was pretty cool. He was able to shape shift into a raven, hence the title of the book. The story brings the two to a faerie court and I thought the tale they had of the Green Well was interesting and magical on its own. It fit into the story and did not feel rushed at all.
There are a few things I didn’t like about the story. There was a romance and I just… Didn’t feel connected to it. It felt out of place and I didn’t really see the development as much as I would have hoped. There was a lot of banter, etc. but it wasn’t like banter that I would normally associate with a budding relationship. I also found that the names of the courts were pretty similar to Sarah J Maas’ ACOTAR. There was a summer, winter, spring, and autumn. I don’t know if that is something that is typical in books about the fae, but I have only read a couple so I can’t comment on that. I just found it a little odd. Finally, I didn’t feel a true connection to the characters very much. I enjoyed the book and the story, but I didn’t have many emotional reactions when there could have been one.
I would compare this book to a mixture of the courts of ACOTAR and the Seelie Court from TMI. The story itself is entirely different, but the backstory seems familiar to these two books. I would suggest this book to anyone who is a fan of magical fae books, possibly ones by Holly Black. I would also recommend to anyone looking for a unique story.
Happy reading! ~ Taylor