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An Enchantment of Ravens Hardcover – September 26, 2017
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Gr 7 Up—This debut novel offers a lively romantic adventure. Seventeen-year-old Isobel is a talented painter who finds herself in demand by the fair folk, immortal beings captivated by human handicrafts. They pay her in enchantments, which she is careful to phrase in such a way that there can be no loopholes. But her newest client, Rook, is unlike other fair folk she's met—there is a sorrow behind his eyes. When she captures this in a painting, his status is challenged in his kingdom as fair folk can never be seen to have a flaw. Isobel accompanies Rook on a The Princess Bride—style magical adventure back to his home kingdom, finding along the way that their sparring relationship could turn into something more. Rogerson ably builds this fantasy world through canny details and contemporary dialogue, allowing for an enjoyable read by fantasy and non-fantasy readers alike. She also craftily depicts the power imbalance between Isobel and Rook, offering a refreshing dynamic in which Isobel often comes out on top. VERDICT A funny, action-packed, and sweet romance sure to appeal to fans of Holly Black, Diana Wynne Jones, and Sarah J. Maas.—Ann Foster, Saskatoon Public Library, Sask.
* "Rogerson ably builds this fantasy world through canny details and contemporary dialogue, allowing for an enjoyable read by fantasy and non-fantasy readers alike. She also craftily depicts the power imbalance between Isobel and Rook, offering a refreshing dynamic in which Isobel often comes out on top. VERDICT A funny, action-packed, and sweet romance sure to appeal to fans of Holly Black, Diana Wynne Jones, and Sarah J. Maas." (School Library Journal, starred review)
* "Rogerson turns forbidden love into fresh adventure with danger, chases, a glorious ball, and unexpected narrative turns. Readers will delight in her interpretation of classic fairy themes and lore, and in the humor laced into the story...An ideal pick for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"An Enchantment of Ravens offers a beautifully built world and swiftly paced adventure with exactly the right amount of danger, heroics and romance." (Shelf Awareness)
"Rogerson’s deft way with words and world building lifts tension and interest to a high point. An excellent choice for fans of Holly Black and Neil Gaiman." (Booklist online exclusive)
"Rogerson draws on fairy lore while changing myriad details to suit her story, and in Isobel she provides a strong, confident heroine who may lose her heart but never her head. No glamour is needed to make readers fall for this one." (Kirkus Reviews)
"This fabulous, flowing read will engage readers quickly and many will not be able to put it down. The forbidden, romantic tension, fast-paced action sequences, and engaging narrative…will make this book a first choice." (VOYA)
"The setting is deftly conveyed through dialogue and character interactions, thus avoiding any heavy exposition, and Rogerson keeps a nice balance between the development of Isobel and Rook’s relationship and the action of the plot. The book’s final clash between faerie and mortal is thrilling, but the motivations of the major villain have a touching resonance with Isobel and Rook’s inescapable reality as mortal and immortal lovers. Fans of May’s The Falconer (BCCB 6/14) will happily flock to this tale" (BCCB)
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It feels like it’s been ages since I read a faerie book, and a good one at that. Though I’m sure I’ve read some since then, the only ones that come to mind are Holly Black’s Tithe/Modern Faerie Tales series and Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series (both of which are some of my favorite books in general).
I am absolutely adding An Enchantment of Ravens to that list!
Let’s start with the magic. Well, sort of magic. In this world, it’s called Craft, only usable by humans. Think of talents like painting, writing, cooking, sewing, and so on. These humans work their Craft in Whimsy where the Fair Folk come to visit them and purchase their Craft in exchange for enchantments. I loved the idea of Craft. It just felt fresh and new and while I’m sure it’s been done before, not in any book I’ve read and I thought it was a great addition to the inclusion of the Fair Folk in the book.
Isobel’s Craft is portrait painting, once again making for a stand-out element. She’s strong-willed and loyal to her family, willing to do what it takes to keep them safe. You won’t see Isobel putting up with any nonsense. Her practical nature (even when it appears at more impractical times) made her endearing and I just loved her character in general.
Then there’s Rook. Ugh, can someone just wrap him in a warm blanket and give him a hug? This absolutely over-the-top prince is such a sweetheart and you can’t help but love him. He’s stubborn and him and Isobel end up at odds often enough but who can stay mad at that face? I think what worked really well for him was the way Rogerson treated his interaction with “human” things (like emotions). He’s just so raw and genuine about everything. I need more Rook!
Together, they journeyed through the Fair Folk courts, on the run. I didn’t find their journey itself anything remarkable but I found I didn’t care either. I read for the characters who I loved almost instantly, and the writing which is very well executed and will immediately suck you in.
My only complaint (other than I simply didn’t want it to end) was that the ending itself felt a TAD rushed. But that might just be me and my new obsession with this book.
Honestly, I am in DESPERATE NEED of some sort of a sequel or companion novel or ANYTHING (I’d take word scraps on a napkin if I could). This book is all sorts of perfect for fans who’ve been missing that classic fae style with a new twist. You won’t be able to get enough of An Enchantment of Ravens.
I’m just all sorts of gushing right now, y’all. This book just rocked my YA fantasy list and if you don’t have it on your to-read shelf then there’s something wrong so get on that! Can’t wait for more by this author!
I love the world Rogerson has created, from the peculiar town of Whimsy to the alluring and dangerous fairylands. Fans of Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series may find the fairy courts in this book — spring, summer, fall, and winter — reminiscent of those described in her trilogy. But I found the depiction of the fair ones to be more dangerous and haunting. While they are, in some ways, similar to fey found in other YA books, Rogerson shows that their legendary beauty is built on a lie, and their love of mischief and trickery runs deep. I found Isobel to be a likeable, realistic protagonist, with conflicted emotions and a soul-deep sense of duty to her family. And where do I begin with Rook? In some ways, he fits the archetype of the rude, stubborn love interest who eventually grows to love his equally-stubborn companion. But it was such a delight to see his interactions with Isobel change and deepen. He’s definitely book boyfriend material.
There were parts of the book that felt a little predictable. It’s not difficult to imagine how it ends before it even happens. But again, much like a fairy tale, that predictability comes with the story: a handsome fairy prince whisks a lovely human girl away, and during their journey, they fall in love. I still thoroughly enjoyed this book and the way it went about telling that story. While the concept is something we’ve seen before, the writing is sharp and engaging. I also had a few lingering questions at the end of the book, but despite wanting answers, I can appreciate it when an author leaves some details to the reader’s imagination.
Overall, I think this was a strong debut, and it really is a wonderful book to curl up with. Make some tea, grab a cozy blanket, and lose yourself in the forests with Isobel and Rook.
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