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.
WOW, that was long!!! But I think that you get the picture. This book was okay. There were some flaws in it but the story itself was very interesting. The characters were very complex and deep but they were also very predictable. The plot was pretty good and I didn’t see some of the plot twists coming but some of them I did. So this is coming to be a very complicated review.
The characters were very funny. I can give them that. They were also very sweet and not very innocent because of what they were taught as children and what happened to them. Isobel seemed to be the most genuine of the characters but that might have been because she wasn’t Fae and scheming. Everyone else was omitting things that were important and tricking people. Sometimes I liked that but sometimes I didn’t.
My favorite character was without a doubt Rook. He was annoying and a prat for some of the time but then he became nice and caring and in general a good person, or Fae (
sorry I meant Fair Folk but they are basically Fae). He was perfect for Isobel and I loved him. I hope that we will see more of him in the next book.
The plot was very intense. There was nonstop action and I loved how Rook and Isobel were saving each other. And the plot was very predictable and obvious. But this book was still very fun and I still got invested in it. The plot twists were interesting, even if I saw them from a mile off. The author was creative and crafty. I think that she can and will become a better writer and I think that I will read her next book.
The setting was also interesting. I wanted more background information on the world itself and I hope that will appear in the next book. Whimsy seems like a nasty place to live. The Fair Folk (aka Fae) are always making nasty bargains for craft. I would have left ages ago. Sorry.
This book was very interesting!! I liked the story but the writing itself wasn’t very good. I hope that it will get better when the next book comes out. Please remember to fill out my survey!! Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons