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The book is beautifully written and the world building is lush and broad. It was a very enjoyable read, even though I am not very much of a romance reader.
i loved this book! i loved the adventure in this! i loved the magic and how its so unusual! its amazing!
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I really enjoyed this! I thought it was a really fresh take on fae, I liked the worldbuilding a lot, and I thought the characters were well done!
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My feelings for this book kind of went up and down in waves. It was certainly a well-written and descriptive novel, and I enjoyed the prose and world-building. However, “An Enchantment of Ravens” just went through patches of just being...dull, for lack of a better word. There were sections where the writing and plot failed to compel me, making for sections akin to literary doldrums. And just when I thought that I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer, thinking that I’d wasted my money and that this book would only get two stars from me, BAM. ACTION!
Now, let’s elaborate on that, shall we? I believe that any good book has to have a perfect balance between action and slower sections, more dedicated to character development and reveals and such. “An Enchantment of Ravens” was simply a little heavy-handed with the latter of the two, making for an unfortunate imbalance.
At this point, the only aspect keeping me from a 2.75 or even a 2.5 star rating was the Fair folk. Everything about them was just so well-thought out, and gorgeous to visualize. Parts reminded me of many of my favorite fantasy books that I’ve read throughout my childhood, which was thoroughly enjoyable. <<spoiler>> I even got some Hellboy II vibes (specifically King Balor) from the Alder King, right down to his death <<end spoiler>>. Had there been this much attention to detail put into the plot, my rating would most definitely have been higher.
In short, “An Enchantment of Ravens” had promise, but just wasn’t quite executed well enough.
3.5 - 4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy YA fantasy with a bit of romance.
This story follows Isobel, a prodigy painter who is commissioned by The Fair Ones to paint their portraits. Human Craft is valued above all else to The Fair Ones. They pay her in enchantments, and she knows how to avoid their cruel tricks. When the Autumn Prince commissions her to paint his portrait, she is irked by her unusual inability to capture his likeness. She finds that his eyes carry human sorrow, an impossibility for a Fair One. She paints him as such, and in the process may cost him his life. She must rectify the wrong she has done, or face certain death herself.
First of all, can we take a second to bask in the beautiful glory that is this cover? My goodness. Just perfection. It's shimmery too you guys. Alright then, moving along. Overall I think I read this one too fast. A lot of things happened, and it felt jumbled to me. I liked the world that Rogerson built, I loved the bits about human Craft, and the enchantments, I liked the different lands that she travels through, etc. It did remind me a bit of ACoTaR: season courts (spring court, autumn court, etc.), and a human girl taken prisoner by a fae lord. However, I also liked the differences. There was some interesting elemental sorts of magic in this story, the enchantments were also very neat, I liked that humans had the magic of their Craft as well. I would have enjoyed a bit more world building upon those things. I had trouble understanding some of the characters. I felt that Isobel was sometimes very type A, and other times oddly laid back (in the face of danger). Sometimes I felt that she wasn't taking things seriously. The romance felt insta-love-y sometimes, and other times not at all. It shifted from 0 to 100 throughout the book without a lot of internal struggle... to the point where I didn't feel on pins and needles waiting for them to get together. I felt that some of it was predictable, but other parts surprised me, and were left a bit unexplained. Again, these things could have been as a result of reading this all in one day... I've got to stop doing that. I really enjoyed some of the characters that she created though. For example, Isobel's sisters were very cute and mischievous. I also appreciated that Isobel was very adamant about consent. Very adamant. Which I feel was really good... and doesn't come up very often, especially in YA fiction. Overall I enjoyed this story, and would be interested to read more of Rogerson's books in the future. Preferably with equally gorgeous covers. :)
The emptiness of the Fae's lives and the way they disguise it was unique in my reading of fantasy literature. I loved Isobel's dedication to her craft and her journey into the unknown.
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.
My kind of a book. Fantasy, funny with some romance and you're not quite sure who Isobel, the main character, can trust.
"The ability to feel is a strength, not a weakness." ― Margaret Rogerson, An Enchantment of Ravens I LOVED ROOK I mean who doesn't love a cocky prince that can turn into a raven... The story begins like this: - Isobel, (Main Character) is a painter and expresses her craft in making portraits of fae folk. - Isobel hears word that a royal fae is visiting her for a portrait. - She falls in love with him OKAY IM GOING, TO BE HONEST, AND SAY THAT I HATED THIS PART ABOUT LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT AND YAADAADA. *rolls eye - She paints a picture of Rook, the autumn prince. Although, she paints him for who he truly is and how she sees him-She paints his sorrow filled eyes. - Rook is now furious and embarrassed by is portrait so he collects Isobel and brings her to the court to be put on trial. - Many things happen while they journey to the autumn land court. So there is basically the best summary of the book with the least spoilers. This book hooked me from the first couple pages and ended up being really good!! Favourite characters: 1. Rook - With his sassy and cocky attitude who wouldn't love him. He is also really sweet throughout the book as well 2. March and May - March and May are younger sisters of Isobel. The best part about them is that they aren't entirely human. As young kids, they were actually goats and then turned into humans. Least Favourite characters: 1. Isobel - I hate saying that I dislike the main character but I just do in the book. Isobel kinda of annoyed me and she didn't stop talking about how she LOVES Rook 2. Lark - Lark is well Lark. She is always wanting people to play with her and I just picture her talking in a high pitched voice. That just made it worse. To be blunt, she is also stupid. Now can we talk about that INSTA LOVE? Ughhhh. On the rare occasion, I do like instant love if it's written really well. All I can say is that this book from not one of those rare occasions. Rook hated her for legit 5 seconds and then they were in love. Even though Rook's declaration of love was really sweet and that fact that he can't lie makes it better, I still wasn't having it. “Isobel, I love you wholly. I love you eternally. I love you so dearly it frightens me. I fear I could not live without you. I could see your face every morning upon waking for a thousand years and still look forward to the next as though it were the first.” ― Margaret Rogerson, An Enchantment of Ravens 3.5 STARS - Thank you, Margaret Rogerson :)
- @bibliophile of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
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
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.
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.
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.
Margaret is a solid writer. I love her descriptions, and the flow of her storytelling. The magic is beautifully woven into the story, and she pays attention to small details.
That being said, I think the two main characters really needed more time to develop their love. There wasn't even any inherent reason, for their sudden infatuation which was blurted out as love. Trails, for them to fall for one another would've made the story more compelling. The characters of Lark and Aster are a delight as supporting characters.
The magic of the fair folk, could have been better explained. I felt it was laking true description. I did love the "all that glitters is not gold" theme of the story. Overall it's fabulous read. I also felt the talent of our heroine could've used more explanation. From her descriptions it seems that despite being human, she held her own magic. Why was that not explored? It really seemed set up as one.