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. -Goodreads
The hype for this book was huge. Not only for me but most of the book community. You got an artist, who can see everything you are trying to hide and you have a faerie prince, who has a softer side he is unwilling to admit. It has basic foundation to get me to read/buy it.
I enjoyed this book but the story is narrow with the hope that things are going to happen. What I mean is the author sets you up lovely for an intense romance, battle scenes, betrayals and all the messy. You see the road for all of this to happen. It is very clear and straight but you are let down because it doesn’t happen.
I liked Rook and I really think the story would have benefited if the author added his point of view and made him more royal. You are constantly reminded (by his words) that he is a Prince but he doesn’t act like. Even with his first fighting scene, you’re just like oh okay. Nothing special, nothing crazy nothing intense coming from this royalty. I wanted more from him. More personality, more fairy stuff.
Isobel, overall was very plain. Her art is what mattered to her. She wasn’t even really affectionate with her family, who she works with the fae to support. I didn’t dislike her but I also didn’t care for her.
The most disappointing aspect of this read was the grand finale i.e. the ending. There wasn’t a whole lot of fight, there wasn’t any magic . The spark that I had when reading this book was pretty much gone by time it hit the final chapter. There was too much downtime and although the paced moved quicker than I thought, I got bored.
Did I think this was a good read? Yes, but it had its issues. The foundation was great but the build up lacked in a lot of areas.