An Enchantment of Ravens

By Margaret Rogerson
Read by Julia Whelan

8.76 Hours 09/26/2017 unabridged
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A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life. Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Parents' Choice Silver Honor winner

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Offers a beautifully built world and swiftly paced adventure with exactly the right amount of danger, heroics, and romance.” Shelf Awareness
“Julia Whelan’s skillful narration intensifies the drama in this stirring debut novel. Using pitch and deliberate pacing to full advantage, Whelan draws listeners into a romantic fantasy world..Whelan’s energetic performance creates a perfect balance between fae and natural worlds; she sounds as comfortable voicing the fearsome Alder King as she does Isobel’s sensible, loving aunt…[and] capturing alternating moments of humor and melancholy and producing an altogether delightful listening experience. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Rogerson ably builds this fantasy world through canny details and contemporary dialogue, allowing for an enjoyable read by fantasy and non-fantasy readers alike.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“Rogerson turns forbidden love into fresh adventure with danger, chases, a glorious ball, and unexpected narrative turns. Readers will delight in her interpretation of classic fairy themes and lore, and in the humor laced into the story.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Margaret Rogerson

Margaret Rogerson has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Miami University. Prior to writing her first book, she worked a variety of jobs ranging from canoe livery counter girl to graphic designer.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 8.76
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English