By: Margaret Rogerson
Standalone | 300 Pages | Pub. 2017
An Enchantment of Ravens at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★1/2
- Heroine: Confident Woman
- Dude: Cocky Bastard
- Steaminess: I think I saw a smoke signal somewhere…
- Brutality: Hunted like animals
Pairs Well With
Lavender Gin & Tonic
- 3 oz gin
- 4 oz tonic water
- 1 Tb fresh lime juice
- Lavender simple syrup to taste (see recipe below)
- Sprig of lavender for garnish
I wasn’t going to read this book. While I love a good YA fantasy, I was warned that this particular story borders on middle grade, which is not my thing at all. Still, the audio was available from the library so I figured I would give it a shot. The audio put me to sleep, but I still caught enough of the story that I checked out the hardback and read through it in a day.
I loved the magic rules, craft vs magic. Fae cannot cook or sew or do any basic human crafts or they will die. This keeps in balance their magic and because of this, they give patronage to humans who excel at a given craft. I have not seen this before and I loved the way that Rogerson brought a new aspect to the human vs fae relationship.
The fae aren’t pretty either. They are actually pretty creepy looking and use a glamor to become their gorgeous, irresistible selves. Again, I appreciate this twist on things.
My issues begin with the very thin plot and continue into the insta love. The plot consists of Isobel painting a human emotion on Rook and him kidnapping her to run around in pointless circles in faerie. Yep, that’s it. Of course he instantly falls in love with her because she is the best painter and sassy AF.
I did love her personality. Rook is your stereotypical fae prince and completely full of himself, but Isobel gave me Aelin vibes with how confident and sarcastic she was. She gives back to Rook everything that he gives her and more.
“You mean the connection’s never occurred to you before? Do you have any critical thinking skills at all?”
May and March, Isobel’s goat sisters also made this book for me. Yes, they are or were goats and are now little girls who cause havoc everywhere. I lived for these two and their insanity.
“What are your favorite things?”
They are absolute monsters and I don’t want them, but I want to prank people with them.
There was a little too much mindless running around for me to love this book, but there were lots of elements that I really enjoyed and I can’t wait for Sorcery of Thorns later this year!
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