Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
My Rating: 3/5 stars
In this world of fair folks, the fair seek out the “Craft” of humans. In other words, they themselves are talentless and unable to do the simplest things like cooking and writing, so they pay humans to do these tasks for them. Their payment? Enchantments.
In this story, Isobel is a human whose Craft is to paint. She’s highly-sought after by the fair folk, actually, her talents astounding. They come from far and wide for her to do portrait paintings of themselves and in return, gift her with enchantments of her choosing. Isobel asks for things to protect her and her family, mostly, even though the fair folk laugh at her practicality.
Unfortunately, after doing a portrait for the autumn prince, Rook, and making a terrible mistake, Isobel is taken against her will to stand trial.
I’m afraid I didn’t do a good enough job of explaining the world in my summary, but sadly it was difficult to do in a way that flowed. I hate to give too much away since I went into this story fairly blind, but know that it’s a beautifully done world with a very interesting concept. I loved the idea of humans having Crafts and that the fair folk were imperfect, as they are rarely anything but supermodels in many other fairy stories.
The beginning of An Enchantment of Ravens was interesting and I found myself hooked from the beginning. Sadly, that’s where it seemed to peak.
There is an obvious attraction between Isobel and Rook, but love between fair folk and humans are strictly prohibited. The punishment: death.
I did not feel their romance at all.
I never got behind their relationship. I never liked Rook. This was a horrendous case of instalove that I could never believe. After spending a few days in the woods with Isobel, Rook decides that he loves her, even though he literally knows nothing about her. She’s immersed in his world so her eventual love for him makes a tiny bit of sense, but he knows nothing of hers. He doesn’t understand the ways of humans; not even their simple mannerisms. There’s no way he loves her.
And sadly yet, the conclusion was so abrupt and sudden.
This book had such a lovely beginning, and it sports some absolutely beautiful writing. However, for it being part romance, I have to actually believe in the couple. And I did not.