The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

Summary:
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.
Review:The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall, #1)
The Iron Raven
is the first book in the new spin-off series, The Iron Fey: Evenfall. I am part of the blog tour hosted by the publisher (InkYard Press) so I received this eARC through NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for promotion and an honest review. Now, onto the review.
The Iron Raven is like jumping right back into the world of the Iron Fey that I know and love (I reread all the previous books in anticipation for this one). Kagawa continues with her ability to provide vivid imagery and a stunning world. I love that with each new Iron Fey story, we get to see familiar creatures, but there are also new creatures that are fascinating. I just genuinely love all of the myths that Kagawa has managed to add to this book (and series). I’m very intrigued to see where this story is going and what the secrets behind the Big Bad are.
Puck, also known as Robin Goodfellow, is the main character for this book (and I assume the Evenfall series). I was really excited for Puck to finally have his own series. He’s always been one of my favorites. His storyline is interesting. We get to see the Puck we know and love, but we also get to see the Puck of legends, the Robin Goodfellow whose pranks bordered on cruel. Puck has an inner struggle in this story that was very compelling. I’m definitely interested to see how the rest of this series will play out.
We get to see new characters, like my favorite Nyx, and some old ones as well. We see Kierran, Meghan, and Ash, as well as some other minor characters. I really liked Nyx. I’m dying to know more about her past. I think it was really interesting to have someone that doesn’t know any of the stories about Puck. I liked the bits with Kierran and I did enjoy seeing the whole gang together again, but I sort of wish that it has less of the characters we already knew (aside from Puck of course). I wouldn’t say that I disliked the whole squad being back, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if this had been a new adventure that didn’t need Meghan to come to save the day.
Overall, I still really enjoy this. I’m mostly a fan of authors coming back to their old series and continuing them. Kagawa’s writing is still excellent. With vivid world-building, fascinating creatures and mythology, and characters I already loved, I think many people will love this book.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogtober Day Twenty-Two: Series on my TBR

Hello, bookworms! For one of last year’s Blogmas posts (find it here) Amanda talked about series that she owned and needed to finish. In August, she finally finished the last series on that list. So, drawing inspiration from that success we decided for one of this year’s Blogtober posts we would make a list of new series that we’ve started and not yet finished. This post will double as Blogtober content and as a way to keep us accountable to finish these series before the end of the year! We’re planning to do a follow up post for Blogmas. This list is only for series that are completed, not series that are sill being published.

Amanda’s Series To Finish

The Empirium Trilogy by Claire Legrand: I read the first two books of this series in August for Tome Topple. It’s for sure going to make the list for my 2020 favorites. The final book comes out October 13th and I’m very eager to get my hands on it.

The Kendra Chronicles by Alex Flinn: I’ve been working on reading my physical TBR this year and Alex Flinn’s books have been high on that list. I’ve read a few of them, so some have been rereads. But I’ve never finished this series, so I’m looking forward to finally getting back into this series. Especially since it’s a favorite of Antonia’s.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: I started this series years and years ago. It was actually Antonia’s mom that recommended it to me and let me borrow her copy. But I made it to the fourth book and then lost said book. I never did find it, so I bought Antonia’s mom a new copy (she was rereading the series) and then never managed to finish it.

The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson: This is one that I plan to pick up this month. The graphic novel series follows twelve Gods who reincarnate into humans every ninety years. This series is dark as hell and I fucking love it. It’s only gotten more bizarre with each installment and I’m excited to read the five volumes I have left.

The Dark Elements by Jennifer L. Armentrout: This is actually a reread. I reread the first two books this past spring because of Armentrout’s new series, The Harbinger, which is set in the same world. I just have the third book left and they’re pretty quick reads. So, I think I’ll probably pick it up this month.

The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa: This is another reread. It was announced earlier this year that Kagawa is writing more books set in this world. Puck is finally going to get his own story and I’m so excited for it. I also only have the final book in this series to read, but then I’m going to read the Call of the Forgotten series which is also set in the same world. Hopefully by then, The Iron Raven will be released.

Antonia’s Series To Finish

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa: This is going to be my next read after I finish the book I’m on now. I’ve been so excited for this one and Amanda hasn’t been helping- she’s told me multiple times the ending is going to tear my heart out and I can’t wait.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand: Amanda recommended this one, it’s probably a little overambitious for me to try to read the whole series before the end of the year given how big my TBR list is but I want to at least start it.

The Air Awakens series by Elise Kova: I read the first three books forever ago after Amanda’s insistence but the end of the third book made me so sad and angry that I couldn’t make myself continue. I’m hoping to get back into it soon.

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini: Amanda and I were buddy reading this series last year and then life got in the way and I never got around to finishing the last one (it’s a reread). I really want to actually finish it finally.

Feverwake by Victoria Lee: Another series Amanda recommended that I’m really excited to start.

What series are you hoping to finish up before 2020 ends?

The Iron Fey Series – Julie Kagawa

Hello fellow readers!
I just finished The Iron Fey series. There are four books in this series. I couldn’t seem to stop myself from picking up the next book as soon as I finished one. So I’m going to review all four books together in this post.

Summary:
The Faery realms have always weathered the clash of Summer and Winter fey, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Now a new breed of faery has emerged to challenge both… to their peril. Forged by Man’s insatiable pursuit of technological superiority, the terrifying Iron fey are massing…and the fate of all faeries hangs in the balance. The greatest weapon in this epic magical war? A half-human teenage girl.

Review:
The first thing I noticed about this book was the descriptions. Julie Kagawa absolutely has a way with words. The imagery that was in this book was amazing. I loved being able to picture all of the places these characters visited. These were very fast paced books, with lots of action. The main character, Meghan Chase, was one that I really admired. She’s passionate, strong and determined. The series starts off with Meghan trying to rescue her younger brother who’s been kidnapped by the fey. Meghan would do anything for the people she cares about. As the books go on she does anything and everything in her power to protect the important people in her life. She seems to do a really good job of getting herself into dangerous and crazy situations. She does an even better job of getting herself and her loved ones safely out of these situations. All while saving the day in the process. Meghan is a wonderfully strong female lead and I loved reading her story.
Meghan’s best friend Robbie, who is actually Robin Goodfellow also known as Puck, was a great addition to these books. He added hilarity as well as chaos. I loved Puck, but I also hated him. He is hopelessly in love with Meghan and she doesn’t see it until she’s fallen in love with someone else. I felt really sorry for Puck in this aspect. Pinning after a girl that would never love him. Although Puck was funny and someone I really enjoyed reading about, he had a tendency to piss me off. There were a lot of things he kept secret from Meghan that when we found out about them, I just wanted to punch him in the face. One thing I will say about Puck is that he tries to be a good friend. He’s always there for his friends even when they don’t want him there. He’s stubborn and sometimes annoying, but he always means well. I liked Puck, but not as much as other characters.
Ash, the Winter Prince of the Unseelie Court, was such an infuriating character. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ash so much and if he was real I would find him and make him love me. But he was a real pain in the ass sometimes. He tried his best to be the cold, emotionless winter prince that everyone saw him as. I just wanted him to be himself. He spent so much time in the first two books trying to ignore his feelings for Meghan. He was always too ready to give her up. This really frustrated me. He’s so unwilling to try to find a way for them to be together, I just wanted to smack him. I have to admit, Ash stepped up later in the books. Ash was one of my favorite characters. As we get to know him better he shows us that he is another character who will do anything to take care of his loved ones in any way he knows how. This is something he proves countless times. Toward the end of the third book, Ash really shows Meghan how much he’s willing to give up for her. Even though The Iron Queen doesn’t end in the happiest way for the couple, the fourth book makes up for it. The Iron Knight is told from Ash’s perspective unlike the first three told from Meghan’s. I think the fourth book was my favorite because of this. I loved getting to know Ash much better in the last book. His thoughts and his feelings are something we actually get to see and I really enjoyed that. He literally goes to the end of the world to try to find a way to be with Meghan, talk about a grand gesture. Ash really shows his stubbornness and determination as well as many other things. I just loved Ash so much.
The last thing I’m going to mention that I loved about this story was the story itself. Kagawa really outdid herself with this series. Yes, there are quite a number of books out there about faeries, but the unique twists in these books had me captivated. There were so many surprises in this series that I had a really hard time putting the books down. The Iron Fey series was beautifully written with its own special twists. This is definitely a series that can be interesting for a wide range of readers. You like action? Kagawa gives you action. Romance, humor, suspense? She’s put all that into these four books.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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