Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
At seventeen, Isobel is a master painter. She has become so well-renowned that even the fair folk, the dangerous creatures of the forest, want her to paint for them. Everything changes when she is asked to paint for the Autumn Prince, Rook, who hasn’t visited the human world for thousands of years. She accidentally paints his one flaw, the mortal sorrow in his eyes, and he returns in anger, insisting that she stand trial for her treachery. As they travel through the forest, he learns that she did not mean to make him look weak. They face dangers together and begin to fall in love, which is against the Good Law of the fair folk. Determined to save one another from certain death, Isobel and Rook risk everything to change their fate.
An Enchantment of Ravens is an exciting young adult novel that focuses on themes of the price of magic and forbidden love. Isobel is a complex character. She is young, but has rapidly matured in order to protect her family. Her craft, painting, could get her anything she wants, but she uses it in exchange for sensible enchantments that will protect her family. Rook, on the other hand, has grown up knowing wealth and power. If there is one shortcoming of this book, it is the lack of backstory. The different courts of the faerie are referenced throughout the story, as well as the huntress of the winter court. However, there is no explanation given for her eternal hunt or who she serves. Other than this, the novel is a great read.
*Mild sexual content, moderate language