I was not expecting that to be so much fun!
An Enchantment of Ravens is Isobel, a painter, who lives in a world where fairies also happen to exist. (Is it just me or are fairies/faeries/fae everywhere in YA right now?) She gets a lot of business from those fairies, since they will literally die if they try and create anything, but they all want art to show off. After she accidentally makes a fairy named Rook look a little human in a painting, he drags her off to be executed, because that’s totally reasonable. (I love how it’s just generally accepted that fairies are always the most Extra of people.) Except – SHOCK OF YOUR LIFETIME! It doesn’t go as planned! And they’re slowly falling for each other! WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED?
In case you didn’t guess from that synopsis, it’s not the most original story. ( Really, Leo? you say. No shit! ) It’s about a blonde painter who falls in forbidden love with the fairy prince who kidnaps her, and that describes this book, plus Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses and probably several other books I’m not aware of, but do you know what? I DON’T CARE. IT WAS FUN. The characters were fun! The setting was fun! The plot was fun! It was fast and it was fluffy and it did fast and fluffy SO WELL.
Isobel and Rook’s rapport was super engaging and amusing. I loved how Isobel was frequently super sarcastic and Rook was just completely oblivious. Isobel will say something like “GO FUCK YOURSELF” (not really, the language isn’t that strong, but wouldn’t it be cool if it was?) and Rook will be standing there like “??? Is that something humans do? That seems like it would be quite difficult to do, just based of anatomy.” It was great. Love them.
I also found the idea that you have to give up the ability to create to live forever really cool. I mean, obviously I’d like to live forever and rule the world because POWAAAAAHHHHH, but I wouldn’t want to give up the ability to write to do that. It was just an aspect that seemed like something I hadn’t seen before in a fairy-centric book that made it unique.
The only reason I’m not giving it four stars is that there were moments that were just super mushy and Isobel and Rook were like I LUUURVE YOU and (since I’m five years old) I was just stomping around going yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck. More sass please.
An Enchantment of Ravens was a pleasant surprise: fust, fast, delicious entertainment. I’ll definitely pick up whatever Margaret Rogerson writes next.