“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 among them. 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, violating the fair folks’ ruthless Good Law. There’s only one way to save both their lives, Isobel must drink from the Green Well, whose water will transform her into a fair one—at the cost of her Craft, for immortality is as stagnant as it is timeless.
Isobel has a choice: she can sacrifice her art for a future, or arm herself with paint and canvas against the ancient power of 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.”
This book had its high and low points for me as I was reading.
When I fist heard about this book, I knew I had to read it when it came out. I love stories about Fae and I thought this sounded right up my ally. It had been compared to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas which is one of my all time favorite series so that me even more intrigued to read.
I must say, unfortunately, that I was very disappointed in the way this book turned out.
I really did like the characters in this book and I think that they were the book’s strong suit. Isobel definitely had this edge to her which made me like her as our main protagonist. To see her start doing her craft at such a young age reminds me quite a bit of myself in someways. Even when she was captured by Rook to stand trial for what she did, she wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself and that is what I really enjoyed about her.
The romance is the main thing that I wasn’t a fan of in this book. It felt a little to insta-lovey for my personal taste. You can tell right from the moment that Isobel and Rook first meet that they will be in a relationship by the end of the book. I think that if this had been a slow-building romance that I would have really loved them together.
The plot was my least part of this book by far. While I did find it very interesting at some points, I thought it was just boring for the most part. It was kind of predictable when it to some action scenes. I also think that their were just too many things going on at one time. I was too fast-paced for me. I know that this is going to be a standalone book but I think that the plot of this book would have worked better if it had been spread out into 2 or 3 books.
Overall, I have very mixed feelings about this book. I think that this would have been a great book if it had been the first book in a series. Do I think that this a good read for fans of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series? Yes, in a way I do. I think that this book just wasn’t for me but I am interesting to see what this author puts out next.