Author: Margaret Rogerson
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Page Count: 300
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Cover Artists: Charlie Bowater
My Rating: ★★★1/2
Let’s talk standalones. There are some standalones, like Uprooted by Naomi Novik, that I wish were series, and there are some series that I would say went on way too long like, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. However, An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson is mostly fine as what it is. I say mostly because I still feel like I wish some things were explained a little better and I personally think it should take more than one book to defeat the Alder King. This book is the perfect palate cleanser. If you’ve just gotten out of a long, in-depth series, this is the perfect kind of book for inbetweens.
The plot is smooth and easy to follow with a few twists and turns to keep the reader on their toes. I love the lore of the Fae and giving them restrictions when it comes to their powers and how they toy with mortals, I think, was just plain good writing. Where the Fair Folk are definitely powerful, it’s nice to see a weakness in a culture that has previously been presented as unstoppable. Having a few characters like Rook and Lark present other behaviors besides devious and chaotically cruel, was a breath of fresh air for me. (Not that I mind purely cruel characters driven by chaos. Loki anyone?) However, her take on the Fair Ones was perfectly nice.
The scenery was probably my favorite part of this book. I loved the rings of seasons and each court keeping to their own. I’m an autumn girl myself, but I love that instead of making summer alluring and enchanting, Rogerson made it sickly sweet and rotting hot. Gotta love the switch up. I absolutely wish we got to see more of the Fae world, hence why I could have used another book, but I did love the pieces that I got. While the plot flows well, I do think I was a little lost when it came to the descriptions of the “palace”, if you can call it that, of the Alder King. (Fanart anybody?).
Let’s talk characters. While I do think it’s tough to develop good characters in a standalone novel, it can be done. Both Isobel and Rood seemed a bit immature in their relationship. I expected as much from Isobel because she keeps to herself, she IS young and has only focused on her Craft to keep her family safe and alive. I know that Rook is young for his kind, but given that he as been in love one other time, I feel that he handled their relationship oddly, at least in the beginning.
I have nothing more to say than this was a nice story; it was simple and engaging. It didn’t keep me up at night, but I didn’t have to push myself through it. I wish it had more detail and more answers to unexplained questions I had, but all in all it was a solid three and a half stars.