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 debut novel.
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. 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 autumnlands 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, 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.
I’m going to keep this review short and sweet, as this was a huge disappointment for me.
Like many, this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. I mean, come on. LOOK AT THAT COVER. And the description? It sounded like it was going to be my new replacement of ACOTAR now that that series is over, but… nope.
I wanted to love this, because the writing was absolutely gorgeous and detailed, but the plot fell flat and so did the characters.
They were all right. Isobel wasn’t annoying or anything, and she was quite likable. She craved adventure, led a simple life but was strong-willed and caring. I enjoyed reading about her life.
Rook… Meh. Again, I was praying he would become my new Rhysand but he was so flat, boring, and moody. Yes, it was great of him to spell Isobel so he had to ask permission before he ever touched her, but he was just so strange. I didn’t understand their connection at all, and oh god, the insta-love especially. I didn’t feel any of the chemistry. All I felt were Rook’s strange moods of hot and cold, distant and lovey-dovey and I was over it.
You could sort of tell these characters weren’t super developed and thought-out. Oh wells. Win some you lose some.
Slow. That’s all I have to say.
Okay, no there’s more, but it’s still going to be s l o w. For literally 100 pages they are walking through a forest. ONE. HUNDRED. PAGES. Are you kidding me? And in that time they fall in love nearly immediately. I was so bored I wanted to cry. Cool, Isobel wanted more than what her life had been giving her, but it just didn’t redeem itself for what she got instead. It was too… corny.
I still don’t fully understand why Rook brought her to his kingdom after she painted him, but nothing happened. Like at all. Until the end, which just seemed so strange and kind of cheesy. It was nothing spectacular and was definitely hard to follow because there was not much world-building or lustre with the characters.
I don’t even remember what the world was really like besides that there are Fae who barely have emotions… but still do… but then look down upon humans for having too much of them… Idk I don’t truly get it. We didn’t get to know much more beyond the ‘Good Law’ except that humans and Fae could not fall in love. It would have been nice to expand on their laws more, their rules, maybe a reason why they can’t fall in love, and just anything interesting besides “Ohmg no feelinz allowed!!”
There was barely any magic and babing baboom that made this world consume me. It had me feeling detached from everything and I just didn’t care.
An Enchantment of Ravens? This man literally turned into a raven a few times and some other ravens would come around a bit but that was it. Nothing special at all.
Would I recommend this? I’m not sure. Maybe just to have on your shelf because it’s absolutely gorgeous. Shout out to Charlie Bowater who is a fairy art-mother.
It pains me to say that I don’t think I would recommend it.
Overall, it wasn’t boring. The writing was lovely, yes, but the plot and its characters just don’t redeem it worthy of a read. I finished it just to finish it, and almost immediately after I had already forgot what had happened in the end and had to watch a video to refresh my memory. This was super romance-heavy as the plot didn’t hold up or come across as anything unique or special. It was just about two insta-lovers who are too beautiful for much else.
Super disappointed 🙁 But hey, at least the cover is gorgeous???????? Rite mom????