Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Every enchantment has a price.
With a flick of her paintbrush, Isobel creates stunning portraits for a dangerous set of clients: the fair folk. These immortal creatures cannot bake bread or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and they trade valuable enchantments for Isobel’s paintings. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—Isobel makes a deadly mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, a weakness that could cost him his throne, and even his life.
Furious, Rook spirits Isobel away to his kingdom to stand trial for her crime. But something is seriously amiss in his world, and they are attacked from every side. With Isobel and Rook depending upon each other for survival, their alliance blossoms into trust, perhaps even love . . . a forbidden emotion that would violate the fair folks’ ruthless laws, rendering both their lives forfeit. What force could Isobel’s paintings conjure that is powerful enough to defy the ancient malice of the fairy courts?
Isobel and Rook journey along a knife-edge in a lush world where beauty masks corruption and the cost of survival might be more frightening than death itself.
Here comes the review! Since I finished at midnight and wasn’t feeling up to par with a coherently written review.
Love the concept!
A talented young artist lives in a world where Fae are superior and seek human Craft [anything we have to do! Cook, clean, write, make things, etc] They long for it, which constantly draws them into the human realm. Isobel, our MC, is a highly sought after artist, who discovers the elusive Autumn Prince has commissioned a portrait.
Yes, there is a bit of ‘insta-love’ but it occurs over weeks of working with the prince. Also, side note, here is where I wish they fleshed things out a little more. Weeks upon weeks go by here, which makes things a bit jarring on the development side [as in…there wasn’t very much there.]
There are a few things throughout the book that ehhh….yeah I wish they were hammered out more because it seemed random and unresolved at the end. But it didn’t ruin the story for me. I enjoyed it, I wanted to know what happened and flew through the novel in 7 hours.
I really enjoyed it though. It was goofier than ACOTAR, and also nothing like ACOTAR unless you want to say human girl was carted off to Faerie-land… That’s about it.
Honestly, it reminded me of Goblin Market, Tim Burton Wonderland, and its own darn thing! 🙂
3.8 savvy crowns, but GR rounds it up to 4!
Do you love stories with fae in them?