Friday, December 28, 2012

Review: The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Legends

Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey, #1.5, 3.5, 4.5
Summary: Enter the world of the internationally bestselling Iron Fey series.

Dangerous faeries. Heartbreaking romance. Thrilling action and limitless adventure. The world of the fey has never been so powerful. This collection includes three novellas set in the world of the Iron Fey plus the Guide to the Iron Fey with exclusive information about Julie Kagawa's unforgettable world of Faery.

WINTER'S PASSAGE
Never make a promise to a faery. They always come to collect. Now Meghan Chase must fulfill her promise to Prince Ash of the Winter Court and embark upon a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory--while being pursued by a relentless new foe and guarding her own foolish heart.

SUMMER'S CROSSING
What can turn enemies into reluctant allies? A call from the Exile Queen, Leanansidhe, ties legendary prankster Puck to his archenemy, Prince Ash, on a journey that may end in betrayal and will set them both on an irreversible path.

IRON'S PROPHECY
Before she ever knew what she might become, Iron Queen Meghan Chase was warned by the oracle that her firstborn child would bring nothing but grief. And even as Meghan and Ash celebrate their long-awaited reunion, the prophecy stirs...

Review

NOTE: This review may contain spoilers from the Iron Fey series. If you do not wish to be blind-sided with information about the books, I suggest skipping this review. :)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Julie Kagawa can do no wrong. She has an impeccable talent for story-telling and the world building within her books is phenomenal. It's no different for her novellas. Each of these short stories is as amazing as the entire Iron Fey series itself. None are lacking in sarcasm, character or adventure. In Winter's Passage, Meghan and Ash are on a journey to the Winter Court, also known as Tir Na Nog. Meghan is upholding her end of their deal and following Ash directly into the hands of her worst enemy, his mother the Queen of the Winter fey. But within the realm of Faery lies many hidden dangers and one of them is lurking a little too close for comfort, tracking their every move and is on the prowl, determined to get to a certain half-fey, half-human girl. The story may be short but it isn't lacking in heart-racing, emotional, thrilling moments. In Summer's Crossing, we get to see inside of Puck's head (which I have to admit, I've always wanted) so it was in no way a disappointment. Puck and Ash are on a mission to get something back for the Queen of the Exiles Leanansidhe, and together they must not fail, for if so, it will be death. So much adventure within this small story, and I tell you, at one point I think my heart may have stopped.

Iron's Prophecy is a must read for Iron Fey fans. Why you ask? Because it tells what is within the prophecy and believe me, you don't want to miss it. It gives a lot of insight into what we'll see in the next Iron Fey novel which follows Ethan Chase. After reading Iron's Prophecy, I'm not only even more excited to read The Lost Prince, but I also feel like I have a bit of a heads up as to what is to come of the future. Or what could happen in the future of this series.

Not only do we get these three awesome novellas within The Iron Legends, but we also get a Survival Guide to the Iron Fey which has information about what to do in case we were to ever end up within the world of Faery, as well as character descriptions and other useful information on the different realms of the Nevernever: Arcadia, Tir Na Nog, The Iron Realm, The Wyldwood, The Between, The End of the World, and the different areas within the Human world that you can find faery magic. If you were ever interested in writing a fanfic about the Iron Fey series, this would be the perfect opportunity. You have all the information you could ever need. The Iron Legends also includes a glossary describing the different creatures and other things from within Faery that we may not fully understand. And we get a little quotes quiz to see just how well we know the characters and the series.

It's easy to see that Julie Kagawa knows this world and her characters inside and out. You could probably ask her what their favorite colors are and she could give you an answer at the drop of a hat. I really enjoyed reading each of these novellas, the Survival Guide and all the information on the world she created. I loved every minute of it and I can't wait to begin reading the next book.


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