Thank you so much to Inkyard Press for having me as a part of their blog tour for The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa! I haven’t read any of her other books and even though I knew this was the beginning of a spin off series from her earlier books, I figured that I would read it anyway and if I liked it, then I’d give the earlier books a chance… well it looks like my TBR just got longer because I’m definitely about to read all of the other books set in this world! It’s got everything I love in it- how the heck have I not already read them???
The Iron Raven 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I always enjoyed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so reading a story all about Puck/from his point of view was definitely something that I was interested in from the get go. I really liked him as a character and seeing him revert from a trickster with somewhat of a conscience to being a malicious trickster was definitely interesting- you normally see a character change from bad to good, so seeing the reverse, even though it was happening because of an evil thing was a fun change. It was also nice to see him open up to Nyx. Speaking of Nyx, I loved her too! Such a cool character- a moon elf! I’ve never heard of those before so that was super fun and her powers were super impressive as was her dedication to keep her liege (aka Kierran) alive as his number one protector/assassin. I also really liked getting to know Meghan and Ash, though Julie Kagawa’s fans from her other books will already know them. I liked the writing style and characters so much that I really am planning on taking the plunge and sometime this year when my reading load is a little lower than it is right now, and reading the seven other books set in this world/with these characters so I’m prepped for the next book in this series when it comes out! If you have or haven’t read any of Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey books, The Iron Raven was a really fun book and a great beginning to a fun new spinoff series!