* Julie Kagawa kicks off her newest trilogy, The Iron Fey: Evenfall, with fantastic adaptation of English folklore in The Iron Raven. A spinoff of her wildly popular Iron Fey series, Julie takes us on an epic adventure with one of her most memorable side characters, Robin Goodfellow, aka Puck. Yes, this is the infamous and mischievous trickster of Shakespearian fame (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) but on a whole other level!
When a malignant shadow starts infecting the Between, Prince Keirran, King of the Forgotten, tries to get a message to his mother, the Iron Queen, and his father, the Ice Prince, in the Iron Kingdom. After multiple attempts he seeks out his trusty friend Robin to help. With his typical audaciousness, Robin convinces the prince that they should contain this dreadful scourge themselves and not involve the other Courts, not knowing that there will be three undertaking this mission. Having been apart from the Prince for awhile, Robin surprised by the fact that Kierran is now served by the most beautiful, otherworldly, and ancient Sidhe he has ever seen, and according to him he has seen almost every being in his long existence. A deadly assassin, Nix, proves to be a valuable asset but they quickly find that this task, and their attraction, is way more than either anticipated. Even with the help of the Iron Queen and the Ice Prince, the Nevernever may still not survive.
Julie is an amazing and highly talented author, no matter the genre, whose books you buy just because she wrote it. The Iron Raven is one more demonstration of that skill in that it is a perfectly crafted tale with suspense and adventure while also being so stinkin’ funny to boot. I absolutely loved Robin. He is ornery and snarky and just simply hysterical at times while slowly revealing a deeply hurt and lonely side that is hidden behind all his shenanigans. Nix is the perfect foil and shows again why opposites do attract, which is exactly what Robin, and the reader, need after he lost the girl to his best friend in The Iron Fey series. I am so glad Julie chose to pick up Robin’s story. You will love it from beginning to its satisfying end and be eager for book two after she hooks you with a tantalizing lead in to the next adventure. As of this date, there is no information on its release.
*photo credit; Rob Thurman