Weekend Reads: An Enchantment of Ravens

An Enchantment of Ravens, Margaret Rogerson

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In the tradition of fantasy novelists such as Holly Black, Margaret Roberson’s debut, An Enchantment of Ravens, delivers readers true love and treachery with a fresh take on  fairies. Isobel is a phenomenally talented portrait artist for some very dangerous clients: the Fair Folk. These beautiful, terrifying, immortal creatures cannot bake, weave, or even write without crumbling to dust. As a result they crave human Craft more than anything in the world. Isobel’s paintings are highly sought after for this reason, and the Fair Folk eagerly trade enchantments for her work. But as she soon discovers, every enchantment has a price. When Isobel paints Rook, the roguish, handsome Autumn Prince, she makes the grave mistake of painting sorrow in his eyes.

Furious at her, Rook spirits Isobel away to his kingdom, the Autumnlands, to stand trial for her crime. But something is very wrong, and Isobel and Rook soon find themselves attacked at every turn by friend and foe alike. Their alliance turns from a hesitant trust of one another to love, violating another one of the Fair Folk’s ancient laws. In order to save them both Isobel must drink from the fabled Green Well, but is she willing to sacrifice her Craft and the human world she loves for ancient power and an unchanging life?

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