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Isobel, a master of her craft, paints portraits for many of the fair folk in her world. One day, the mischievous, attractive prince of the Autumn Court, named Rook, shows up at her parlor, asking for a portrait. When Isobel can’t seem to get Rook’s eyes right, she paints mortal sorrow into them. The issue with that is that fair folk don’t feel emotions. Rook is furious, & takes her on a journey to the Autumn Court to be tried. On this adventure, their hatred turns into something else, something romantic, something that is not at all allowed in the fairy world. Isobel & Rook’s journey is a very entertaining, tense love story, filled with the high fantasy that we love. I personally really, really enjoyed this book. It reminded me very much of A Court of Thorns & Roses, with just a hint of Heartless.
— ARC REVIEWER Gabby V., age 15
Parents' Choice Silver Honors Winner
A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts--even as she falls in love with a faerie prince--in this gorgeous debut novel.
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.