A little while ago, the wonderful Charlie Bowater tweeted about the cover she illustrated for An Enchantment of Ravens. I fell in love with the cover, but then I read the synopsis and I was quite sure this book was made for me. Autumn, Faeries, Art… OMG!? Today I’ll be talking all about my most anticipated debut of the year!
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Autumn, Faeries & Art
This book is all about these three things and I’m SO EXCITED. Autumn is my #1 favourite season, I absolutely LOVE Faeries and art is wonderful! Was this book written for me?! I think yes. Also, main character Isobel isn’t just an artist, she’s a portrait artist. It’s not just a hobby and this job title is so specific that I love the art aspect in this even more! I can’t wait to read about the Fearie Courts in this book because it’s different in each book I’ve read so far.
The Wild Hunt
Again, Faeries are like my absolute favourite thing and Fearies are different in every book. I think the only time I’ve read about The Wild Hunt so far was in Cassandra Clare’s books. I’m so interested to learn more about this Wild Hunt through An Enchantment of Ravens.
A Stunning Cover
Charlie Bowater is an art goddess, for real! Maybe she’s like our human Isobel?! Hehe! I absolutely love her art and have you seen this cover?! It’s a beauty! Of course it’s all about the inside, but can you image the beautiful bookstagram photos I can take with this?! Ahh, can this book fall on my doormat already?! I mean, seriously, I have ALL the photo ideas!
I haven’t read any in-depth reviews, but the ratings on Goodreads are mostly 4 or 5 stars and from what I gathered from scanning through them, this book is as good as the cover is beautiful and the synopsis is intriguing! I’ve been avoiding the reviews a little bit, but from what I’ve seen this is going to be so good!
It’s a Standalone
This makes me both sad and very happy. It’s a standalone! No year-long wait for book 2, no cliffhanger. Just a book I can pick up and read without the “What if it ends on a cliffhanger and I have to wait a year to find out how it continues?!” I’m very excited about this. YA Fantasy needs more standalones and I’m SO GLAD An Enchantment of Ravens is one of them.
About An Enchantment of Ravens
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.
Had you heard of An Enchantment of Ravens before? Is it on your TBR? If yes, why are you excited about this book?