An Enchantment of Ravens

An Enchantment of Ravens

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Margaret K. McElderry Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481497589
1481497588
Characteristics: 300 pages ; 24 cm

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Beatricksy Dec 12, 2017

A pleasure to read. It put me in mind of Pan's Labyrinth; gorgeous, creepy, a little gross, with a strong cast of characters that put your teeth on edge because you're not quite sure who to trust or why. Deeply lyrical text with a trace of sarcasm that stops it delving into purple prose (at least, in my mind--your mileage may vary). The romance is a tad insta-lovey, but they bicker and banter well together and made me laugh out loud once or twice, and the last like 40 pages were the most breathlessly enjoyable sequence of events. They even threw some nice surprising curveballs at me. Maas fans should especially enjoy this one.

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