Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine
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.
WHERE DO I BEGIN
this is the most gorgeous cover I have ever seen in my entire life. Charlie Bowater is my favorite artist ever and when I heard she was doing the cover for this one, I knew it was going to be something out of this world
Dark fae?!? Who can’t do anything for themselves or they like crumble into dust?
Forbidden love? Dusty old fae feeling for the first time in like a billion years?
My friend Lynette was kind enough to let me borrow her ARC and as soon as I’m done with my current read you can bet this baby will be in my hands.
Is this one on your radar? What do you think of fae?