Reading Level: Adult
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: ARC from Amazon Vine
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
“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.”
I got this book through the Amazon Vine program to review. This book starts out a bit slow but ended up being a very engaging and enchanting read involving fae and a young adult heroine who can paint (perform a Craft).
This book is heavy on romance but it is a sweet romance that I enjoyed reading about. It also involves our heroine using her Craft to make these emotionless fae actually feel something, which was thought-provoking.
There is a lot of mythology in here as well as some beautiful imagery. I would recommend to those who enjoy fae themed books with some sweet romance.
Overall this was a fantastic read that I really found to be magical and enjoyable. I would recommend to those who enjoy fantasy that involves fae and who don’t mind some romance in the story as well. This was a beautiful and creative story.