“Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us?”
An Enchantment of Ravens
3 out of 5
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.
Soo, instant love (sort of), a journey and these elegant men seem to me like the signature of Rogerson. I don’t really care, I love it. I want my own Rook, where can I get one? Okay, but honestly, this book as an audio book, told by the same narrator as Sorcery of Thorns, had me thrown off a litte. It felt like the same world, it felt like Silas or Nathaniel could walk in any moment. And maybe it is, maybe it is the same world just a different area? I loved the plot of the book, and the way the story is told. I love how Isobel is evolving thoughout the story and how Rook becomes more and more human every step of the way. I felt like I was there with them, every step of the way. The world, the lore, the storybuilding. It all made perfect sense. This was her debut and I know the writing improved in her other books, but I still enjoyed this book very much so.
My favorite quotes
“Ah, but you were not a pawn. All along, you have been the queen.”
“Isobel, I love you wholly. I love you eternally. I love you so dearly it frightens me. I fear I could not live without you. I could see your face every morning upon waking for a thousand years and still look forward to the next as though it were the first.”