An Enchantment of Ravens had a great deal of elements that I am automatically drawn to in a book. It had cocky fae males, a love story between a human and a fae, magic, and art. Looking from the outside, this book should have been a home run for me, but in the end I wasn’t completely in love.
Rogerson certainly knows how to charm readers, I will give her that. The relationship in the story is very endearing. I enjoyed the banter between our main character, Isobel, and the autumn prince, Rook. The relationship took me back to Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series and the dynamic between Meghan and Ash later in the books. Both characters felt naturally drawn together, at least in the beginning.
Then things became a bit confusing for me. Although there is a mutual affection between both characters, that changes once Rook sees the painting Isobel created of him. In natural fae anger, this causes a shift in the relationship, which makes sense. But it never comes back to the simplicity that they had in the beginning of the story. It seemed less like character development and more like completely different characters.
As much as I loved most of the banter between Isobel and Rook in the beginning, throughout most of the book the dialogue was very weak. There were times when conversations seemed pointless and completely irrelevant to the plot. I am very much in favor of dialogue that serves the purpose of driving the plot, so when it feels pointless it tends to come off as forced and cheesy, which is how I felt about 90% of the dialogue in An Enchantment of Ravens.
Another issue I had with this book was the plot. It took me well over half of the book to figure out where it was supposed to be going. I thought for a bit that it would be about this trial that Rook was wanting Isobel to face, then I thought it would be about something attacking the fae lands, then it was something completely different in the end. I think that had Rogerson focused on one storyline, as opposed to the three or four stories that could have branched off at different points throughout the book, she could have further developed the real plot. And as this is a standalone, there isn’t room to drag out the plot reveal until the very end.
Although it seems like I my not have enjoyed this book, there were a great deal of elements that I believe made it worthy of three a half stars. It was a charming story, the monsters that the pair encounter were very well thought out and thoroughly creepy, and the narrator’s voice was beautifully written despite the dialogue. I, in no way, question the author’s writing ability because the tone and descriptions were as whimsical as the fae. Had the dialogue been stronger and more intentional and had the plot been more clear, this would have easily been a five star read for me.