Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Page Count: 297
Age Category: Young Adult
Isobel is a skilled painter is loved by all the fairies in the town. One day, when she paints emotion on the Prince of Autumn’s portrait, her and the Prince must go to his home so she can be punished.
I was wary of this book initially because I’ve heard pretty mixed things. I’ve noticed that the only people who like this don’t like the author’s second book Sorcery of Thorns, and nobody ever likes both. I really liked Sorcery of Thorns so I would disprove that theory, but that’s not what happened. I thought we were going strong when I read 90 pages in one day, but this book really missed the mark for me.
I am going to school for professional writing and publishing so I have talked about the publishing industry numerous times, and we often talk about timing and if the book is sell-able. To me, this feels like a perfect example of one book selling really well and being very popular so publishers release pretty much the same book. I think if you’re a fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses, you would really enjoy this book.
The writing also felt extremely clunky. It felt like the author was trying too hard to make the world seem fantasy simply by her. There were so many really oddly written sentences that pulled away from my attention of the book. One of the signs that I didn’t enjoy it was that my professor for one of our classes asked us to show an example of bad style, and I almost used this.
I wouldn’t have minded the writing if there were anything else that could fill the place of it. The characters were very boring and only had one personality. There was little plot, which I usually don’t mind, but I had no idea where this was going and also little care about where it could go.
I did like the beginning, and we started pretty strong, but the more I read, the more I became aware of the problems and it just didn’t work for me. I understand why some people would because the writing was beautiful at moments so I could understand if people were mesmerized by the fancy words like I was at first and did like the romance, but none of those factors worked for me.