❝ Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us? ❞
The amazing thing about An Enchantment of Ravens is that it is littered with beautiful writing and lovely characters. The only big problem I had, was the world and character building.
As others have pointed out, Rook just magically transformed into a wonderful fair one half way through the novel with no character development whatsoever. It was much too sudden of a development. As was his relationship with Isobel, which felt very rushed and incomplete. Don’t get me wrong, I loved them both, but their interest in one another was very random and felt out of place.
I got a sense of the world through the utterly amazing descriptions that I am contemplating tattooing on my body, but a lot of questions were still left unanswered. I wanted to know more about the Alder King, the Good Law, the Winter Court, Foxglove (if you read it you’ll get what I mean), Faerie emotion, Aster…etc.
Now off to the good, which in my opinion, outweighs the bad. Lark, Gadfly and the goat twins were just such great side characters and I loved them all. They all had unique voices throughout the story and I could automatically tell whose who with a single quote.
The writing itself was absolutely STUNNING. I WANT TO FRAME IT ON MY WALLS AND MEMORIZE EACH PASSAGE. I WANT TO SCREAM THE QUOTE WORTHY DESCRIPTIONS ON A ROOFTOP TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE AND BECAUSE THAT’D BE SUPER COOL. One of the most important aspects in a book for me is writing and this nailed it.
In conclusion, An Enchantment of Ravens lets you immerse yourself in a wonderful story, and will not let go of you until you’ve read every single word and hunger for more. It is a stunning novel that I throughly enjoyed, but wished was longer and filled with less cliche tropes.