Tuesday, February 6, 2018

REVIEW: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson - 4 stars

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM
Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Genre: YA Fantasy
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication: September 26th 2017
Cover Rating: 5/5
Reading format: Owned Hardback

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson is the story of Isobel, a human girl who has a talent for painting and ends up being a little too good at her job when she accidentally paints emotion onto the face of the Autumn Prince, a Faerie who cannot feel emotion. So she has to pay the price for such a betrayal by going with the Autumn Prince to the Faerie world and be judged for her crimes.

Isobel is a very interesting character. She does paintings for the Faerie people who pay her with enchantments. Instead of being foolish and wishing for riches or fame she makes very specific wishes so she doesn't get tricked and these wishes are always something the help benefit her family, which consists of her aunt and 2 little girls who used to not be human. Her parents died from a wild Faerie beast attach when she was young so she had been very cautious and practical as a result.

One of Isobel's clients tells her that the Autumn Prince, the prince that no one has seen in a very long time, will be by to visit her so he can get his picture painted. While he is visiting, Isobel just can't seem to get his portrait right and when she comes to realize why and fixes the painting this small act ends up putting her in a world of danger.

The Autumn Prince comes back one day furious with Isobel demanding to know why she would betray him so by adding human emotion to his portrait when she knows Faeries cannot feel emotions. He has become, for lack of a better term, a laughing stock and forces Isobel to go home with him to right her wrongs. But as they slowly journey to his kingdom, things happen and the Autumn Prince's rage starts to turn into something else. Something that could get both of them killed.

I really liked this story. I think the only part I had a problem with was when the prince came back to claim Isobel. What was it he thought he would do with her once they were home? It was very reminiscent of A Court of Thorns and Roses except where one character commits murder, Isobel just painted emotion. Aside from that, I really liked seeing how this author interpreted the different Faerie courts and even The Wild Hunt.

In the end, I still have no idea why so many people dislike this book. I found it to be pretty well rounded and it had a good plot and interesting romance. I do wish it would have been a bit longer as I feel like it was a little bit rushed but other than that I don't see a reason to dislike this book at all. 

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.


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