Format: Audio-book – Library
Buy it Here: An Enchantment of Ravens
Isobel is a portrait artist in a place called Whimsy, a land bathed in perpetual summer, where Fae visit to buy Crafted items in exchange for magic. She’s a scrupulously careful young lady, or so she says 100 times while making sketchy choices. When the Autumn Prince, Rook, shows up wanting his handsome (glamoured) face painted, Isobel does– and believes they become friends in the process. But just as she’s putting the finishing touches on the painting, she adds a little something: a human feeling.
Bad idea, Isobel. Bad idea. So, Rook does what every other completely sane creature anywhere would do– he kidnaps her from Whimsy and brings her into the Fairy realms so she can stand trial for maligning his honor. It’s likely she’ll be put to death. No big. Isobel responds in kind by putting up a perfunctory fight, and then falling in love with him. Because yes, it is that kind of book.
Did I mention that love between Fae folk and humans is suuuuuuper illegal? Yeeeah. Like, way illegal. For no reason that I can really discern. It’s all sort of hand-wavey? It honestly felt like a deux ex machina, like these characters needed to have a reason not to be together to make it a forbidden romance. Of course, there’s nothing more tempting than a forbidden romance, so their tragic love blossoms in the forest, like a flower on fast forward in a nature show.
The fae folk find out about their love, and the punishment is death! DEATH! The only way Isobel can stay with Rook now is to drink from the magical spring that will make her a Fae herself. She will be immortal and cold; unable to paint or feel.
Here’s where she (and this book) redeems herself– she doesn’t, and I’m so proud of her. It would be so easy for her to just drink from the well and become a Fae– a beautiful immortal creature barely capable of feelings. No one likes feelings! I have at times even championed the idea of a “feelingsectomy.” But Isobel likes being herself.
Instead of undergoing a drastic, irreversible change to stay with her brand new boyfriend, she decides to decimate the well! Destruction instead of ridiculous self-sacrifice! What a champ! I’m just *sniffle* so proud of her.
This is an adorable, romantic romp through fairyland. It’s definitely not high literature, but I enjoyed it all the same, and Isobel’s independence won me over in the end.
Subjective Hearts: ♥♥♥ 3/5
Objective Hearts: ♥♥♥ 3/5
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