By Margaret Rogerson
Plot: “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 trade valuable enchantments for Isobel’s work. 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, 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.” -Publisher
Writing: This book was so fun! The world of the faerie and how the humans play a part in it is so fascinating and creative, and I loved the way Margaret Rogerson described everything so beautifully. The characters were well developed, and all the faerie lore and culture was rich and wonderful, which is especially rare with single-book fantasies. I felt like Rook, the love interest/I don’t even know, kind of didn’t have a consistent personality. He was all tough and cold in the beginning, and then he fell in love with Isobel or whatever and was all kind and open to everybody, which was especially out of character because he’s supposed to be a murderous, tricky faerie. I also didn’t like how Isobel was all smart and strong in the beginning, and then by the end she was just letting herself be saved by Rook all the time.
Age Level: 13-17. There’s some violence and suggestive language, but it’s otherwise okay. Younger kids might not understand the court intrigue and faerie politics, but it isn’t too complicated.
Overall: I thought this book was really sweet and fun, a little more fluff than was probably necessary, but otherwise it was really good. I loved it, and I’m sure you will too!