An Enchantment of Ravens Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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|Listening Length||8 hours and 45 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 26 2017|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #9,947 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#37 in Paranormal Romance for Teens
#49 in Science Fiction & Fantasy Romance for Teens
#112 in Paranormal Romance for Young Adults
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Artemisia is a good hero. She is brave, noble, and is prone to doing the right thing, no matter what it costs her. I liked her from the get-go, and as she continued to fight to save people, I found her to be quite strong in both physical and mental combat.
The revenant to this is her acts as a great foil. It’s got a dark sense of humour that I love, but it’s also a complex creature with lots of secrets and its own complicated emotions.
Leander is as morally gray as I can get, and I’m not even sure how I feel about him. I think we had too much of his backstory by the end of the book, and I would’ve liked a little more mystery surrounding it. But I do think he is an interesting antagonist, and he is impossible to put in any kind of box.
There is tons of action in this book. I was actually surprised at how many magical fight scenes, chases, and battles there were. The magic system is really intense, and the lore is phenomenal. There are so many unique spirits that pose danger to Artemisia and those she wants to protect.
All of this said, it seemed like there was a lot more action than character, which is where I slipped a little. There were amazing scenes between Artemisia and Leander, but by the final battle, I didn’t have a clear sense of the stakes or understand the exact reasons she was fighting. The epilogue also wrapped up basically everything, so this can do well as a standalone book.
Again, I think I’m in a reading slump because I didn’t find myself as invested as I want to be. Rogerson is an amazing writer and her imagination and talent are in full display with her creatures, lore, action and description. I do recommend Vespertine to readers looking for an atmospheric, action packed, ghost-filled book, so check it out!
Since the age of ten, Artemisia has been a Gray Sister, tending to dead bodies lest they become corrupted and a danger to the living. Artemisia understands the dead, the living, not so much. When it’s time for her class of nuns to be tested to determine their futures, Artemisia plans to fail in order to remain at the convent and continue looking after the dead and avoid human interaction. However, when the convent suddenly comes under attack, Artemisia becomes half-possessed by an ancient revenant and has to contend with sharing her headspace with the snarky spirit. Together, they must unravel a mystery involving saints, nuns, Old Magic, and deception.
I’ve read and loved Margaret Rogerson’s past novels, so I thought this would be no different. While I enjoyed this, I didn’t love it as much as the previous two standalone books; it was still a solid read.
There’s the right amount of atmospheric writing with a couple of heart-pounding action scenes. I took off 1.5 stars because the narration was a tad slow and aimless at times (I read somewhere that the author started another round of editing after e-galleys became available, so the final copy might be less rambling). Overall, I felt that the author introduced the world in easily digestible amounts.
The revenant and Artemisia are the dynamic duo I didn’t know I needed. Their endless banter had me chuckling more than a few times.
I am excited for the sequel.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.
Thank you to Margaret K. McElderry Books for the arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
The world-building is detailed and convincing, the friendships and loyalties developed during the book are warm and believable. The deities are flawed along with their followers.
What's not to love - a wonderful book!
This is my first Margaret Rogerson and wow did i love it !! I have had her others on my TBR for so long and not got around to then I certainly will be now !
Brilliant story and I didn't want it to end can't wait for the next book. The relationship between Artemisia and The Revenant was fantastic. I am looking forward to where their relationship will go next.
Artemisia is a fascinating and compelling autistic-coded character that despite various trials attempts to make the right decisions for the sake of others.
Gothic fantasy is an underwritten genre and the worldbuilding in this novel based in it, favouring a pseudomedieval setting is intriguing.
Easily a favourite consise read for the year and on any dark gloomy days where a comforting gothic read of characters facing adversity is welcome.