An instant New York Times bestseller!
An Indie Next Top 10 Pick
A Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Winner
“A funny, action-packed, and sweet romance.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
“A phenomenal read.” —RT Book Reviews
A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous bestseller that’s “an ideal pick for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Isobel is an artistic prodigy with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread 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. 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, Rook spirits her away to his kingdom to stand trial for her crime. But something is seriously wrong in his world, and they are attacked from every side. With Isobel and Rook depending on each other for survival, their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This winsome fantasy speaks to the fairy-loving romantic in us all. Teenager Isobel is a painter whose work is much in demand by the fair folk, immortal beings who can’t create arts and crafts of their own. When her painting of the handsome Rook spawns outrage in his homeland, the clashing couple must travel there to clear their names. Full of quick-witted screwball banter that reminded us of The Princess Bride, An Enchantment of Ravens is a clever young-adult romance set in a charming, fantastical world.
Seventeen-year-old Isobel is a master of her "Craft" painting portraits in the town of Whimsy, where it is always summer and which borders the forest where the "fair folk" have their kingdoms. When the fairies' autumn prince, Rook, requests a portrait, Isobel's world is upended. Petulant and beautiful Rook, whose eyes hold "sorrow, as raw as an open wound," frightens and beguiles Isobel; when he is upset by what his portrait reveals to his kingdom, he abducts her so that she might stand trial for the affront. Rogerson's moody debut novel is suffused with an intoxicating and palpable romantic longing. As Isobel and Rook break the "Good Law" by falling for each other, Rogerson turns forbidden love into fresh adventure with danger, chases, a glorious ball, and unexpected narrative turns. Readers will delight in her interpretation of classic fairy themes and lore, and in the humor laced into the story (Isobel's rowdy younger sisters began life as goats, before being ensorcelled by a drunk fairy). An ideal pick for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor. Ages 14 up.
I really like this book. It’s fun, fast, and fantastic. The whole forbidden romance thing is a bit overused in books but this one isn’t that bad with it. I like the way that the characters aren’t stupidly in love. Like those characters who spend the whole book describing their partners face and how much they love them. These two aren’t like that. It’s really good writing, has a strong plot and strong characters. So I say pick this one up, you’ll enjoy it 👍
I usually am not a fan of fantasy but wow it was beautifully written. The details, the characters, I couldn’t help but fall in love. I eagerly read it in one day. Bittersweet now that I’ve finished it. Highly recommend.
I also appreciate how beautiful the cover illustration is. I often have a different vision of what characters look like mentally but the illustration is perfect.