No. You surpass us all.” Beside me she looked colorless and frail. “You are like a living rose among wax flowers. We may last forever, but you bloom brighter and smell sweeter, and draw blood with your thorns.Margaret Rogerson, An Enchantment of Ravens
I read An Enchantment of Ravens when it was available on Kindle Unlimited last autumn. Margaret Rogerson’s writing style is captivating and charming. Like her main character, Margaret paints a beautiful portrait of autumn and in doing so she has created a wonderful autumn read. I mean, what could be better than Færies and the autumn season?
While An Enchantment of Ravens will give you all the cozy autumn vibes, the descriptions of the Fæ fell short for me. I won’t go into too much detail, but some of the themes in the book are very different from what I’m used to, that is, as far as færie folklore is concerned. While reading the story I became more aware of my own preferences for retellings of færie tales. And to be perfectly honest, I realize most readers will not be as picky as I am! Though, for the reason above, it is not a re-read for me. If the descriptions were more familiar to færie folklore, I could see myself reading this book every autumn.
Even though I have a personal preference against some of the interpretations of Færies in An Enchantment of Ravens I still recommend this book. The storyline is unlike anything I’ve ever read, the characters are wonderful and of course as I’ve mentioned the descriptions of autumn are beautiful. I read this book from start to finish on a cozy autumn Saturday, with a lot of tea. So, I’ve tested it—An Enchantment of Ravens really is a perfect autumnal read!
Do you have a preference of how Færie folklore is told?