Thank you to Inkyard Press and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! The Iron Raven goes on sale February 9, 2021.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: The Iron Fey: Evenfall #1
Recommend to Others?: Yes
ABOUT: Wicked faeries and fantastic danger… Welcome to book one of the new trilogy in New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey fantasy series, as infamous prankster Puck finally has a chance to tell his story and stand with allies new and old to save Faery and the world.
“YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF ME…”
Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Prankster, joker, raven, fool… King Oberon’s right-hand jester from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The legends are many, but the truth will now be known as never before, as Puck finally tells his own story and faces a threat to the lands of Faery and the human world unlike any before.
With the Iron Queen Meghan Chase and her prince consort, Puck’s longtime rival Ash, and allies old and new by his side, Puck begins a fantastical and dangerous adventure not to be missed or forgotten. Filled with myths and faery lore, romance and unfathomable dangers, The Iron Raven is book one of a new epic fantasy trilogy set in the world of The Iron Fey.
The infamous Puck regales readers with an epic adventure full of heart, Puck’s trademark merry humor, and unknown dangers.
I like that The Iron Raven is told through Pucks pov because you really got to know him and his struggles, the man beneath the jokester Robin Goodfellow. When a dark force begins running rampant within Faery, Puck begins to struggle internally with the person he wants to become, reverting back to the cruel prankster he used to be, and moving on from past heartache.
I think many can relate to Puck’s struggle to not be consumed by anger, hatred or resentment so that it turns you into something you’re not (a “monster”). Puck desires to be a better, happier version of himself.
I was also pulled into the story by the external conflict with the dark, seemingly unstoppable creature. My mind constantly whirled with questions about what this new threat was and how Puck and company would defeat it.
One other character I liked was Nyx, an infinitely old Forgotten fey who had awoken to a completely different realm. Who doesn’t love a bad-ass assassin? I like her sense of duty and her interactions with Puck.
I enjoyed The Iron Raven but at times the pacing felt drawn out. I hadn’t read the series that preceded this one but had not trouble understanding things. The story had an interesting plot and characters as well as plenty of suspense and funny moments. I really want to know what happens next because the final fight scene was extraordinary! This was a good start to a series.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JULIE KAGAWA is the New York Times, USA TODAY and internationally bestselling author of The Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, The Talon Saga and the Shadow of the Fox series. Born in Sacramento, she has been a bookseller and an animal trainer and enjoys reading, painting, playing in her garden and training in martial arts. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and a plethora of pets. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
THE IRON RAVEN: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/52735443-the-iron-raven