An Enchantment of Ravens: a book with fantasy and romance

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Today’s book review is a little different from what you may be used to seeing in this blog. That’s because Miya from @toomuchmiya is the blogger who will tell you all about An Enchantment of Ravens!

so… I’ll hand it over to Miya now!

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In this post, I’ll be reviewing the book An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, which is a romance focused fantasy. This was also the first book I read in July. 

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An Enchantment of Ravens 

by Margaret Rogerson 

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance 

Pages: 300 

Synopsis

“Every enchantment has a price. With a flick of her paintbrush, Isobel creates stunning portraits for a dangerous set of clients: the fair folk. These immortal creatures cannot bake bread or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and they trade valuable enchantments for Isobel’s paintings. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—Isobel makes a deadly mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, a weakness that could cost him his throne, and even his life. 

Furious, Rook spirits Isobel away to his kingdom to stand trial for her crime. But something is seriously amiss in his world, and they are attacked from every side. With Isobel and Rook depending upon each other for survival, their alliance blossoms into trust, perhaps even love . . . a forbidden emotion that would violate the fair folks’ ruthless laws, rendering both their lives forfeit. What force could Isobel’s paintings conjure that is powerful enough to defy the ancient malice of the fairy courts? Isobel and Rook journey along a knife-edge in a lush world where beauty masks corruption and the cost of survival might be more frightening than death itself”.

Description

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson tells the story of Isobel, a painter (or Crafter, as it is called) very known and respected in her town, Whimsy. One day, she is given the task of painting the portrait of the Autumn Prince, who hasn’t left his realm in a couple of hundred years. In this fictional world, fairy folk and humankind get along well enough and that’s largely due to the fact that, even though fairies are seen as mystical, powerful (and dangerous) creatures, they are still fascinated by the Craft only humans possess. 

However, the Good Law ruthlessly forbids any romantic relationship between the two kinds, something that Isobel and Rook, the Autumn Prince, are painfully aware of. So, after Isobel finishing his portrait and delivering to the castle, she never expects to see him again. That changes when the Rook realizes the huge mistake she’s committed. A mistake that demands her to stand trial and repair the Prince’s reputation. 

“Once, a Whimsical poet died of despair after finding himself unequal to 

the task of capturing a fair one’s beauty in simile. I think it more likely he 

died of arsenic poisoning, but so the story goes.” 

― Margaret Rogerson, An Enchantment of Ravens 

My thoughts on the book

First of all, I’d like to clarify two things. 

a) in my eyes. a 3-star rating is a good one. It means the book is. ultimately, nice. 

b) overall, I think the book met all my expectations. I did not read this book thinking it’d the best one ever, I was only looking for a fun read and I got that. 

That being said, let’s review. 

Before picking up An Enchantment of Ravens, I was expecting a fun and light fantasy book. I was promised Love Interest who’s completely in love with the protagonist from the start (one of my favorite tropes) and an uncomplicated, easy read (I was still in a soul-crushing reading slump). Also, I was interested in the story more for the romance and the fluff that the plot. 

Concerning the two main characters (literally the only ones that really matter).

Concerning the two main characters (literally the only ones that really matter). I like that Isobel isn’t dull or useless. I like how she uses her ability to lie (something that the fairies can’t do) to manipulate a lot of people, and that, while she is infatuated by the prince at first, she still doesn’t become a lovesick fool. Speaking of which, Rook was super refreshing in the sense that he was different from other love interests in Fantasy (at least, the Fantasy books I read). 

Sure, he’s still mysterious and broody, but he isn’t mean or an a**hole (which tends to be common personality traits in straight romance). As mentioned before, I loved how he was just pining for Isobel throughout the book. No lies or mind games, just him completely in love with her (the quality contentTM, my gods). 

“No. You surpass us all.” Beside me she looked colorless and frail. “You 

are like a living rose among wax flowers. We may last forever, but you 

bloom brighter and smell sweeter, and draw blood with your thorns.” 

― Margaret Rogerson, An Enchantment of Ravens 

They worked well together as well (which, honestly, it’s all I can hope for in a romance novel). I absolutely love when, in hetero romance, the male character is just head over heels for the female character. The forbidden love trope, in the book, is also to die for. 

The plot is the part that bothered me a bit.

I mean, it might just be in my head, but I thought everything was just so overly complicated and confusing. I mean, the whole plot basically just happened because Rook decided to kidnap Isobel (there was a reason, but still) and then they spent time together and broke the Good Law. I don’t know, it felt kind of forced.

I had a problem with the ending too. The first part of the books was awesome, a whole 4-star rating for me, but then as things progressed, the plot just got thicker and thicker and the conclusion felt flat. The ending is cohesive to the rest of the story, but I had a hard time believing in it. It was a bit rushed and just too on the nose. 

“And we wouldn’t live happily ever after, because I don’t believe in such 

nonsense, but we both had a long, bold adventure ahead of us, and a 

great deal to look forward to at last.” 

― Margaret Rogerson, An Enchantment of Ravens

That’s it.

That’s all the coherent opinions I have about this book. Normally I tend to stay away from white AND straight stories (I mean, I’m neither of those and my pre-teen self has had enough of these stories already, so…) and as far as they go this wasn’t bad. I didn’t relate to any of the characters, but I did root for them. Overall, An Enchantment of Ravens was a nice book (pretty much the definition of a 3-star read in my book). 

In the end, it got me through a reading slump, which is all I asked of it. Will I be reading another book from Margaret Rogerson? Sure, whenever I feel like reading a Fantasy that is light and cute. I recommend An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson to anyone interest in a Fantasy book that is more romance than anything else. Or, to the readers who want to get out of a reading slump.

till next time! 

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  1. Allessandra the (Not-So) Great
    22/07/2020

    I’ve always had my eye out for this book because it just sounds so cute. And since I’m always a sucker for love stories, my interest has never gone away for this book.

    This review just solidifies it for me. I want to read a book that’s just sweet and fluffy because why not? Hopefully, I’ll be able to find a copy soon, which might be hard due to the whole pandemic situation.

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    • val @behindthatstory
      22/07/2020

      Hahaha I’m a sucker for love stories too, specially in fantasy. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it after you read it! But yeah… the whole pandemic is making it much harder to get physical copies so maybe you could find this book on kindle

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