My husband didn’t understand me when I said I accidentally started this book. “How do you accidentally read a book?” he asked.
Step 1: Go to bed after husband and feel bad about turning a light on (as opposed to him falling asleep with the light still on) so you can’t continue your hardcover book.
Step 2: Misplace headphones so you can’t audiobook yourself to sleep.
Step 3: Not have e-book version of the audiobook you’re 1/3 of the way through loaded on your tablet (I use Calibre to organize my e-books on my computer, then send them to my ancient tablet using the Calibre Companion app).
Step 4: Settle for an e-book you were once fairly excited to read, but feel pretty ‘meh’ about after watching mixed reviews on booktube.
Soooo… that’s how I ended up starting ‘An Enchantment of Ravens,’ by Margaret Rogerson. Read the synopsis here.
The feeling I got from reviews of this book was that it was just okay- nothing amazing, but not bad either. Well… I loved it. And it didn’t take me long at all to fall in love with it.
First of all, it’s a stand alone fantasy novel. How refreshing is that!? I really needed something that wasn’t 700 pages long and/or part of a series. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading series, but I was in the mood for a shorter ride that wouldn’t leave me hanging. What I needed was a conclusion. And this offered that.
HOWEVER…. I would totally be down to read a continuation of this. While the ending wraps up rather nicely (not to mention easily… a little too easily?) I would be interested in knowing what happens next.
Another reason I enjoyed this is the romance. Yup. I’m a sucker for it. I don’t read romance as a genre, but I love it in my fantasy reads. I heard a complaint that the relationship in this novel comes across as “insta-love,” but I disagree. It was definitely an instant attraction and flirtation… and what’s wrong with that? She’s young, he’s a Fair One… flirt away. And, oh what flirtation! I’m happily married to my soulmate and very comfortable in our relationship, which is wonderful, BUT it means I don’t get that new crush induced heart tingle (you know what I mean?) EXCEPT for when I am reading (or watching terribly cheesy Christmas movies). This book gave me the heart flutters right away and I looooved it.
There were elements of this book that reminded me of other books, specifically Stardust by Neil Gaiman (which happens to be what I’m currently listening to), and the relationship between Sookie and Eric in The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris.
I loved that the fairies in this book were dark and menacing, and strange looking. I loved that the main character had a rational head on her shoulders. Yes she was young and in love, but she knew herself and what she wanted, and more importantly, what she was willing/unwilling to sacrifice for it.
Sam’s review of this book on her channel, Thoughts on Tomes, basically sums up my reading experience of it. In fact, after going back to watch this video after I finished it, I remembered that I added it to my TBR based off of one of her recommendation videos.
Have you read it? What did you think? Drop me a comment and let me know.