From the gorgeous of gold to golden black-brown, I instantly loved the cover without even caring about what this book was about. But once I read the description, I knew that I had to read this book.
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 among them. 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 autumn lands 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, than love, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.
Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of 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.
*** THIS BOOK GOT ME OUT OF A READING SLUMP :)***
An Enchantment of Ravens is a great YA debut book that should be on everyone’s list.
My prayers were answered and I was lucky enough to be given a copy at BEA. I don’t want to get into a lot of details of the book because I do not want to spoil anything, but I will share my love for this book. First thing you should know about me, and I think i mentioned this above, is that I instantly fall in love with covers. Sometimes that is the only reason I buy a book, and i usually get lucky that it’s a good story. But An Enchantment of Ravens stole my heart and had all of the qualities going for it. Great cover, great description and a great story that unfolded within. Many of you who read Sarah J. Mass’s books might find the premise of this story similar to that of A Court of Thorns and Roses, but the idea and development behind the characters and story line stand on their own. I truly enjoyed the character of Isobel, a strong and confident young girl who didn’t need anyone to save her and Rook, who at the same time was arrogant and charming. Being that they are the main characters throughout the book, my curiosity fell upon March and May, Isobel’s Twin sisters who were once Goats. I don’t know how much I have to wish, but I really really want their story to be told. I want them to have their own book (pretty please) or a short story of some kind that introduces the reader on how they were transformed into humans and how hard it must be for them to extract their true nature for new ones.
Margaret managed to create a great story and individual characters that would shine on their own, that I know a lot of you will love as much as I did. This book is filled with quiet romance, comedy, drama, betrayal, suspense…pretty much everything that makes a great story. An Enchantment of Raven was vivid, filled with amazing imagery that managed to captured the haunting beauty of the fair folks and their world. I also appreciated the attention she gave to traditional folktales and the unique details the she created in this book. If you love books about Fae and are a fan of Sarah J. Mass or any great Fantasy books, I can guarantee that you’ll love this book just as much.