Both of these reviews are spoiler-freeeee! 🙂
I haven’t done a mini book review before, but I just finished two faerie books and realized I didn’t have too much to say about either of them, so I thought I’d pair them up! With The Wicked King starting off my month, it’s been a couple weeks of faerie overload.
An Enchantment of Ravens
Author Margaret Rogerson
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. (from Goodreads)
“Somehow I’ve even grown fond of your– your irritating questions, and your short legs, and your accidental attempts to kill me.”
OK, lemme start by saying that I definitely, 100% thought there was already a sequel for this book, so when I finished and discovered there’s definitely, 100% NOT- I was very very sad. Don’t let the fact that I don’t have much to say about this book give you the impression that I didn’t like it. I loved it, actually. I originally rated it 5 stars but after a couple hours, I knocked it down to four. This was a really quick read because I was so invested in the story and the characters. I LOVED Isobel and Rook so so much because I am a sucker for a faerie prince romance trope. They were super adorable. The ending felt a tiny bit rushed to me, but I still enjoyed it. I’m now very excited to read Sorcery of Thorns later this year!
The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author Holly Black
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking. Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough? (from Goodreads)
I’m super disappointed to be rating this 2 stars, but this book pushed me into Faerie Overkill and now I don’t want to read about any more faeries for at least a few months. I’m sick of them. It’s weird because I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Cruel Prince/Wicked King, but reading this one felt so…frustrating. I don’t know if it was a mixture of 1) having a major book hangover from The Winter of the Witch, 2) the audiobook narrator wasn’t my favorite or 3) I just didn’t really like any of the characters, but whatever it was had me constantly annoyed. I didn’t care about what happened to the characters. Hazel was fine for the most part, and her and Jack were cute, but I didn’t like Severin or anyone else much at all. I did, however, enjoy seeing more of the human world in comparison to Faerie, where we spend so much time with Jude and Cardan.
Let me know if you’ve read either of these and enjoyed them! I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂