An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

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I got this book in an Uppercase box a long time ago, and it arrived right when I was in my "I hate fantasy" phase. I read around 20 pages and put it down, assuming I would never pick it up again. Well, now that I've started appreciating fantasy again, I decided to give An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson another try.

Isobel is a portrait artist, and painting is her craft. She protects her family through earning wards and spells by painting portraits for the fair folk. When one day, the faerie prince of the Autumn Court, Rook, appears at her home to be painted, Isobel is beside herself. 

The more time she spends with Rook, the more enraptured she becomes. She paints him as she truly sees him, with a sorrow in his eyes - a human flaw that Rook is furious to discover. Set on making Isobel pay for what she has done, Rook steals her away to face trial for the crime she has committed. 

I think the best word to describe this story is simple, and I don't mean that in a bad way at all. So many fantasy stories are drawn out, elaborate, and confusing, with many tiny elements and details to remember. These types of fantasy stories overwhelm me, and are the reason why I take frequent breaks from reading fantasy. This one was easy. It flowed well and was easy to comprehend. It's a standalone, so you don't have to worry about getting wrapped up in an extensive series. 

The writing was beautifully descriptive. Rook was enigmatic and brooding. Isobel was strong and family oriented. The plot made sense, was engaging, and I was definitely satisfied with the ending. There were magic forests and terrifying creatures, both of which I love! It was a quick read, and the perfect story to read and be engaged by, then put down and move on. Now I definitely want to pick up Margaret Rogerson's newest book, A Sorcery of Thorns!

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

12 comments

  1. I love how you said that the story is simple, but in a good way! Sometimes those are the best. Fantasy isn't really my preferred genre, but I know my friends love it, so will suggest it to them!

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  2. I don't read many fantasy books these days but this does sound good. I hope the next one is great too. Lovely review.

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  3. I rarely read this genre but you have me considering this one, the premise is unusual

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  4. I hate when I start hating a genre I normally like. I'm glad you were able to go back to the book!

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  5. I don't tend to read much fantasy but your review makes me want to give this one a try.

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  6. It's been so long since I've read fantasy, this one may be perfect for me.

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  7. This genre can be complex, glad to hear this one was simple.

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  8. Oooo! This looks like something I would enjoy, definitely going to look into it!

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  9. Great review! Glad you gave it a second chance.

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  10. Glad you enjoyed this book.

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  11. While I have not read too many books in this genre, your review, the cover, and the title all make me want to pick this one

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  12. Ohh yay great review I absolutely love and adore this book too and I heard her other book A Sorcery of Thorns is really amazing as well I of course already have it on my tbr shelf but I have not read it yet. I'm glad you fully enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

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