Enchantment of Ravens Had A Certain Charm

enchantment of ravensWell this book was an unexpected pleasure. While I’m always hearing great things about the author’s more recent release, Sorcery of Thorns, I feel like Enchantment of Ravens has flown a little under the radar… which is why I wasn’t expecting to like it quite as much as I did.

From the off, there was a subtle sense of intrigue, creating a little whimsy in the world building. I was instantly captivated by the writing style and charmed by the characters. Traced out just enough to have a sense of form, there was an air of the unknowable about them, making them all the more intriguing.

I loved the carefully laid brushstrokes to the world building as well. There was an element of threat in the wild nature of the Fair Folk and I loved this conception of them. The story played with the idea of costly immortality, of the sorrow of living forever without being able to change and of the grief attached to this eternal death. To me, it was especially impressive to see this slowly woven into the narrative, painting quite the picture through simple actions of a fair folk being unable to do something as simple as cooking. It showed me how human creativity is our greatest asset. Of course, in terms of details, elements of the Craft could certainly seem surface level- however I was personally surprised and delighted by this level of depth in a seemingly simple YA fantasy.

Going beyond the world, I did feel the plot could be a little all over the place. The romance, for instance, leapt into action and then bizarrely slowed down to a snail’s pace. And I wasn’t convinced that there was a clear line to the plot. Still, I did enjoy the banter and aspects of the love affair. And, ultimately, I did like the way it ended and everything was tied together.

Overall, while this wasn’t the perfect book, it had so much potential! If you take a step back, you can see the beauty in it. I definitely have to admire this work as a while and have high hopes for this truly talented author.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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So, have you read this? What did you think of it? And have you read or do you plan to read anything else by this author? Let me know in the comments!

21 thoughts on “Enchantment of Ravens Had A Certain Charm

  1. Great review! 😀 You’ve captured what I love about this book so well … a bit meandering, subtle in its details, and quietly surprising.

    I’ve been watching for Margaret Rogerson’s next book announcement — but nothing yet. Her Tumblr inspiration board has seen a few posts recently (marrogerson.tumblr.com). Fingers crossed!

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  2. I had added this book to my tbr back when it came out, but never got around to reading it and eventually lost interest because fae/fair folk just aren’t that interesting to me. I heard such wonderful things about it though!

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  3. Gosh, I absolutely ADORED Enchantment of Ravens. It was a five-star for me, but I’m easily swayed when there’s faeries combined with forbidden romance, so it was a five-star before I even started it, hahaha. Sorcery of Thorns is also just fantastic, and I’m so excited to see what Margaret Rogerson puts out next!

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  4. I’ve read Sorcery of Thorns last month and really enjoyed it, so I’m actually planning on reading An Enchantment of Ravens this week. I’m so glad you liked it! The cover is so pretty that it’d be a shame if it ended up being a bad book. I’m now even more excited to finally get to it 😀

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  5. I really enjoyed the writing and the atmosphere that the author was able to create and it is one of the very few books that I genuinely enjoyed which has fae as central characters so kudos to the author. Glad you enjoyed the book as well and yeah, the romance was a bit odd.

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  6. YAY! I read this from the library and it was one of my favorite books from 2017 (I think, if I remember right). I’m glad you touched on the immortality thing; that was my favorite detail on how the author approached it. I’m sure you’ll love Sorcery of Thorns. She’s an amazing author

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  7. I think what I love so much about her writing is there are so many feelings–it’s so easy to get caught up in the story and then not really worry about the flaws too much because feelings weee. 🙂

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  8. Great review! I agree that this one seemed to get lost in the mix after a while, but it was very whimsical and had a particular charm. I liked it well enough, though, the plot WAS a bit directionless. But I liked the characters’ dynamic and I’m a sucker for faeries, so while not perfect, this was a perfectly enjoyable read!

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