I’ve got a crush on you, sweetie pie
All the day and night-time give me sigh
I never had the least notion that
I could fall with so much emotion…
— I’ve Got a Crush on You, George Gershwin
Even though I’ve been in a happy relationship for over three years, I still find myself crushing on fictional characters.
Especially ones from fantasy novels.
Thanks to An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson one of my current crushes crush is Rook, the autumn prince. Now, I’ve had a ton of crushes on fictional characters over the years. From the most notable (and embarrassing), Edward Cullen, to my favorite Disney character, Flynn Rider, I am well-versed in having a crush on a fictional character.
While reading An Enchantment of Ravens, I found myself swooning over Rook just like our protagonist, Isobel, was. He was a handsome, brooding, conflicted man (or Fair Folk, if you want to get technical) who falls head over heels for Isobel. What more could you ask for? I am a sucker for books where the main characters are destined to be together and spend the book finding each other. Sometimes, I will even imagine myself in the protagonist’s shoes and daydream about a faerie prince falling in love with me and giving up everything for me, but that’s neither here nor there. Although, I’d love to hear who your current fictional crush is!
An Enchantment of Ravens follows the story of Isobel, a portrait artist, who paints the Fair Folk. The Fair Folk rule the land around humans, but desire their Craft. Fair Folk cannot create without destroying themselves in the process which is why they crave human craft with ferocity. Isobel is successful at such a young age because of how skilled she is at her craft, but it is when Isobel receives her first royal client, Rook, that things start to fall apart for her. Isobel paints Rook’s portrait with sorrow laced through his expression.
Human emotion is seen as a weakness to the Fair Folk and this weakness could get Rook killed. Furious, Rook kidnaps Isobel to take her to the autumn court to stand trial for her crimes, but their plans go awry and they must learn to lean on each other to survive. It is during this time when Rook and Isobel fall in love with each other and end up in even more danger and Isobel must make the most difficult choice of her life.
I gave this book a four of five stars because this story didn’t try to be more than a love story with fairy tale elements. The pacing was a little strange in parts, but overall this book was lovely. It satisfied by desire for a sweet romance and strong writing.