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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that An Enchantment of Ravens is a stand-alone fantasy, set among the "fair folk" (faeries) of British folklore. It features an unusually strong female protagonist, one not waiting for a prince to save her. Acts of violence tend to be magical in nature, although one character has a finger chopped off. Infrequent swearing includes "hell," "damn," and "s--t." The main characters fall in love and share passionate embraces, but they pull back before going too far.
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What's the story?
At the start of AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS, 17-year-old artist Isobel works the Craft, the practical knowledge -- cooking, painting, writing -- denied to the immortal fair folk. She is happy to take on Rook, the prince of autumn, as a new client. But the portrait scandalizes the fair folk, seeming to suggest that Rook possesses human emotions, an offense punishable by death. Furious, Rook spirits Isobel away to stand trial, but he is attacked by mysterious forces. If they are to survive, Isobel and Rook must work together, even as they grow closer to breaking one of the primary laws of the land: that humans and fair folk must never fall in love.
Is it any good?
Fast-paced, frequently funny, and unpredictable, this novel will enchant fantasy readers. While author Margaret Rogerson is attuned to the traditions of faerie lore, her scene-setting and characterizations in An Enchantment of Ravens feel fresh and compelling. Main character Isobel is a vivid heroine: competent, soulful, clever, and empathetic. And she's well matched by Rook, the crown prince of autumn, who comes to love and depend on her.
Stories about the "fair folk" offer ample opportunity for scenes of magic and intrigue, and this stand-alone fantasy plays those elements to the hilt.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how An Enchantment of Ravens uses British folklore as the basis for its world-building. Why have stories about the "fair folk" endured for centuries?
Isobel and Rook put themselves in danger by breaking a law about humans and fair folk falling in love with each other. Why do various religions and cultures have laws about who can marry whom?
Etiquette is supremely important to the fair folk. How have manners developed in various cultures? Why is it important to be polite to people?
- Author: Margaret Rogerson
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Fairy Tales, Great Girl Role Models
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: McElderry Books
- Publication date: September 26, 2017
- Number of pages: 300
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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