Meet Isobel, a skilled human painter. Her crafts are loved by the fair folk.
Fair folk are immortal, and aren’t able to do anything that creates a craft. If they attempt to try it either way, they end up crumbling to dust. So they crave human crafts, because that is the one thing they cannot do.
When Isobel receives her first royal patron, she makes a terrible mistake. She paints human sorry in the eyes of the Autumn Prince Rook. That weakness in the painting could cost Rook’s life. He ends up spiriting Isobel away to the autumn lands to stand trial for that mistake.
But getting in the autumn lands isn’t an easy task. Not even for a prince. They get waylaid by the wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence from 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 folk’s ruthless law. Now both their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her human craft as a way to fight the fairy courts. Her craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced, her portraits have the power to make them feel.
If you haven’t seen this book around last year, I’m pretty sure you aren’t on bookstagram! Because there was no way this book didn’t pop up on your feed!
In the end, I decided to get it myself, since it sounds interesting enough. What I didn’t realize however, was that the story wasn’t even 300 pages long. I was expecting something bigger to say the least.
Since there was so much hype surrounding the book I couldn’t wait to start! So I did, a few days after it arrived, and I think I fell in love on page #3. Yes, you read that right! Why, you may ask? Well, Isobel (our main character) started to describe the way someone from the fair folk looked, and ended up saying it was a ridiculous description. Thank you, Margaret, for that! It was time someone said that, instead of saying they are the most wonderful creatures ever! It was so unexpected and out of the blue, that I immediately took a liking for Isobel.
I have to admit, that in the beginning of the book, I started to compare it with ACOTAR. Do not make a mistake! Don’t pick this book up just because you liked ACOTAR!!
There are so many differences in the books, and I have to say I like the portrayal of the fair folk the best in this one. Mostly because they’re more portrayed as the cruel people that you hear stories about, and not the ‘nice gorgeous people’.
The romance in this book can be seen as something more insta-love. But it feels that way since this is a very short book that is also very fast-paced. I actually enjoyed it, because it also added a twist!
Nevertheless, I ended up really enjoying this book. It went past my expectations for sure! Which is always a good sign 🙂
I cannot wait to read more of this author! I feel like she for sure is one to watch! I ended up rating this book 4,5 out of 5 stars.