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Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens By Margaret Rogerson

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I’m not going to deny that the first half of this book had me completely enthralled. I was lost in the relationship and adventure of Isobel and Rook as they were exploring their feelings for each other in a world where Fair Folk (fairy beings) and humans are never to develop feelings for one another.

 

The story that was unfolded within this book consisted of Isobel – well known in the town of Whimsy for her beautiful paintings. Fairy Folk travel to their enchanted little town to commission paintings from her. But they do not pay in money – instead they trade an enchantment, a sorcery of magic, for one of her paintings. She has done well with this craft and has used the exchanged enchantments to further protect herself, her Aunt Emma and her sister May and March.

But one day the Autumn Prince is known to be on his way to visit for a painting himself. The Prince hasn’t been seen in a very long time and Isobel is nervous that she will offend or cause some kind of travesty during their interaction. All is well and good though, he arrives, saves her from some unforeseen peril and they hit it off. Like… really hit it off. They are immediately attracted to one another and this is their ultimate law – Fair Folk and humans DO NOT fall in love.

As the story goes one, Isobel and Rook or on an adventure that he drug her into because of the picture she made of him. She showed his human emotion in the painting and this has offended him and his position within the Autumn Court. He demands her to return to the court with him and face trial for her crimes. But their adventure soon takes on a new perspective and they end up realizing that she really did not commit a crime, but was genuinely an accident.

I recap all of this because this is what captured me in the first half. There was significant depth to creating the characters, setting the pace for the story and elaborating on why things were changing around them and all the details involved with that. But then at some point during their travels it feels like we hit a fast-forward button. What had been deep and rich story telling, reverts to a quick and rushed story of the two of them ending up at the Spring Court, being accused of falling in love and quickly battling the Alder King that rules over all.

Had the second half of the book not felt so rushed, I think I would have been more invested in what happens to Isobel and Rook and how the entire story concludes. But due to the rush factor, I felt like I had whiplash. Details were getting blurred and hurried along to a point that I started to lose interest.

All in all I really enjoyed the story, but because of losing me there in the end, I’d have to say this is not one I would re-read or one where I fell in love with the characters. I believe Rogerson is a fine author and I look forward to reading more of work, but an Enchantment of Ravens was just not for me.

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What was a book you read recently that you absolutely loved it in the beginning and then started to lose interest throughout and ended up a little disappointed at the end?

…It happens to all of us – I know it does.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens By Margaret Rogerson

  1. It’s not so much a book but a series. I am currently reading a dark romance series that is not everybody’s taste. And the first book had me intrigued the second book I liked the third book I thought was unnecessary the fourth book I liked the Facebook I’m still in the middle of writing

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    1. Oh yes! I have had that experience with a series – you see that often in the romance genre too. Sometimes the series can go on a lot further than is truly necessary

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  2. Oh yes! I have had that experience with a series – you see that often in the romance genre too. Sometimes the series can go on a lot further than is truly necessary.

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