Review: AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret Rogerson
Updated: Sep 9, 2019
This was such an enjoyable read! I finished basically in one sitting. I loved how the fairies were portrayed and described and how Isobel deals with all the things thrown at her. Other reviewers of this book have stated that she lost her practicality and went goo-goo eyes for Rook and that is somewhat true - hence the loss of one star. However, I do think she was pretty clever throughout the book, despite her foray into insta-love.
I also really like how interesting the faerie lore was. It was so interesting to see Rogerson's take on fairies and I wonder if these fairies are closer to the original tales of fairies or if she came up with them all on her own. The Craft aspect was very intriguing.
One thing I really liked about this book was that, though we know names, they are not the real names of the characters. Even when Isobel gives Rook her real name, it just says she does it. The reader never knows anyone's real name, which I think was a powerful move in a world where names have power. While it may be a small detail, I really thought it was impactful in the right ways.
Besides the insta-love, I also took away a star because I wasn't really sure what was going on at some points. The explanations were a bit foggy when it came to how Isobel's Craft influenced the fairies Perhaps that was because it had never happened before and no one was sure why themselves. But I think it could have been explored more in depth.
Overall, this was a great read for fans of fairies and fantasy and I can't wait to get my hands on Rogerson's next work, Sorcery of Thorns.