Author: Margaret Rogerson
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Summary: “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.” -From Goodreads
Review: Right away, I just want to mention just because I rated it 3 stars doesn’t mean it was a bad book. It was a good book and a good debut.
While reading I found the story to be interesting. The whole concept of the story Margaret created was interesting. What she did with the fairies was interesting, especially with how they come to the humans to create things for them since they can not. I love it when authors do a different spin on fairies.
Margaret’s writing was on point throughout this novel. Her writing brought the images to life and made things flow smoothly on the page. It was one of the reasons why I wanted to keep reading was because of the writing, and of course, the story as well, to see how it ended.
Isobel was an interesting female character. I immediately liked her after I started reading the book. I especially liked it when she would look at things from an artist perspective and being in her head when she was painting. Now, it took some time for Rook to grow on me. I still don’t know how I feel about him, but I do think I don’t dislike him as much as I did in the beginning. I do like how both Isobel’s and Rook’s characters developed as the book went on.
Now onto the things that played into the reason why I gave it three stars.
When going into this book, I thought it wouldn’t be centered on the romance or that the romance would be apart of the plot in a way. Instead, this was a YA romance with a fantasy element, which isn’t a bad thing. I’m just someone who likes to have the romance be what happens on the side then being part of the plot. I still enjoyed this book even though it wasn’t what I expected.
Another was the fact that this book was way too short. I felt the world to be not explained enough and things would happen that were never explained before. The fairies could have been developed a bit more. Also, the romance between the two characters felt like insta-love, because in the beginning when the two characters are spending time together for a few months as she paints his portrait, we aren’t shown their relationship as it grew.
Besides all of that, I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the world that was created and the fairies. I will definitely be reading more of Margaret’s books when they come out.
If you are fans of Sarah J. Maas and Holly Black with their books about the fairies, then you might enjoy this book.