Ah, but you were not a pawn. All along, you have been the queen.
A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts— even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.
Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.
Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
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Hiya bookish people!
Sorcery of Thorns caught my eye ages and ages ago when it blew up on every blog, everywhere, all the time. And so I bought it, alongside An Enchantment of Ravens because I was missing the Fae and needed a replacement to ACOTAR and TOG, and of course I was still highly anticipating Queen of Nothing. And then I didn’t read it. For months and months and months. Heck, I still haven’t read Sorcery of Thorns, but that’s not the point. The point is : why the hell didn’t I pick this up the second I could?
Fast moving, enchanting and riveting, An Enchantment of Ravens had me following Isobel and Rook with baited breath throughout their entire journey, from court to court, admissions to dresses, and of course, Isobel’s Craft. I could not put this book down, I read it in two days (school slowed me down) and every second in between I was thinking about it, hoping to get my hands on it and finish it. The way the world was built had me hooked, and especially how Isobel was describing her Craft.
Isobel was definitely the star of this book in more ways than one. Her cleverness, her cunning and her Craft made her an amazing character in thi novel. She knew what she wanted, how to get it and why but also not so much that her character was difficult to read. Rook was another major character that I loved – and after this and the Raven Cycle series, I love ravens now. Sorry but I won’t apologise for it. Yes, I just said that.
If you’re looking for my recommendation, you should read this book. Especially if you need a temporary band-aid for series such as A Court of Thorns and Roses, or the Folk of the Air. It’s the Witcher to your disappointing season 8 of Game of Thrones.
Plus, this is another beautiful book cover by Charlie Bowater.