Reviews: Shadow’s Legacy and Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

Posted on February 17, 2021 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 21 Comments

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Reviews: Shadow’s Legacy and Iron Raven by Julie KagawaTitle: Shadow's Legacy
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Evenfall #0.5
Published by Inkyard Press on January 1, 2021
Pages: 60
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Format: eBook
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Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: three-half-stars

A new novella set in the world of the
New York Times
bestselling Iron Fey series! This magical short story is the prelude to a new trilogy in Julie Kagawa’s brilliant faery world, The Iron Fey: Evenfall.
A royal wedding, a mysterious assassin, a new threat to all of Faery…
Friends and family gather to celebrate the wedding of the Iron Queen Meghan Chase’s brother…but one wedding guest feels more melancholic than the rest. The King of the Forgotten can’t forget his own lost love and slips away from the festivities…only to be attacked by a strange faery who calls him a fraud and a false king. Now the two must form a wary alliance to track a strange new threat, a creature of rage and hatred that threatens the newfound peace of Faery, in the opening to a grand new adventure in the enthralling world of the Iron Fey.

Shadow’s Legacy, the prequel to the Evenfall series, provided me with an interesting glimpse into the world of the Iron Fey.  I never read the books from the Iron Fey series, but I had no difficulty following the events in Shadow’s Legacy.  The author provided sufficient back story about the characters and the world of the Fey, which made it easy to follow the story.

The hero Keirran, struggles with guilt stemming from past acts of betrayal. A betrayal, which led to him being banished from Nevermore. Now he rules  The Between, the world of the Forgotten.  The Forgotten are Feys of the darkness. Meanwhile, in the human realm, his best friends are on the verge of getting married. His guilty conscience had him second guessing attending. However, as the best man he had no choice but to be present. Also not attending would mean incurring the wrath of  his friends. Upon his arrival and prior to the start of the wedding,  he found himself in an interesting situation created by Puck. In offering to help he came face to face with a dangerous assassin.

I enjoyed this short but exciting trip into the world of the Iron Fey. Now I am looking forward to reading the Iron Raven. Also I feel the need to  read the books written prior to this new series. I can’t believe I passed up the opportunity to jump into this world years ago, but as they say, better late than never.

Puck and Nyx intrigued me, and learning  they would be appearing in the Iron Raven had me all excited.

Overall, Shadow Legacy proved to be a wonderful introduction into this magical world for newbies.  It is also a great way for fans of this world to catch up with their favourite characters.

Story Evaluation
Plot
three-half-stars
Characters
four-stars
World Building
four-stars
Writing Style
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Enjoyment
three-half-stars
Cover
three-stars
Ending
three-stars
Overall: three-half-stars
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you purchase the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.

Reviews: Shadow’s Legacy and Iron Raven by Julie KagawaTitle: The Iron Raven
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Evenfall #1
Published by Inkyard Press on February 9, 2021
Pages: 416
Genres: Fantasy, Adult, Paranormal
Source: Netgalley
Format: ARC, eBook
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Purchase: Amazon|Barnes & Noble|Audible|ITunes
Rating: four-half-stars

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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.

 

My opinion of this brand-new series will differ vastly from the many fans of the Iron Fey world. As you know based on my review of Shadow’s Legacy, I am an Iron Fey newbie so I am looking at this world through a fresh pair of eyes and by golly I had a wonderful experience.

The story followed the events in Shadow’s Legacy. The land of the Fey is at risk. Something ominous is lurking in the Shadows and it’s up to Robin Goodfellow aka Puck and his friends to find a solution to ending this threat. However, they will discover that ridding their kingdom of this threat would not be as easy as they thought.

I had a wonderful time interacting with the characters. Puck lived up to his name of being a prankster. He had many facets, and it was fun discovering them all. Fun, charming and entertaining. He had me laughing out around many times throughout the story. I loved how the author delved into his past. I learnt of his struggles in the past. How he loved and lost and how the sound of his name struck fear in others.

Nyx, a Forgotten moon elf, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in the prequel, was such a badass. Her memories of her past were bleak, but she never forgot her skills as an assassin and her allegiance to the Queen of the Forgotten. On learning the Queen was dead, her allegiance switched to protecting Keirran. Hence her purpose on this mission. Fearless, strong and determined, and the perfect match for Puck.

The supporting cast added their special blend of magic to the story. Grimalkin made my day. His actions and responses while it infuriated Puck had me laughing my head off.

Each character was dealing with their own personal struggles while trying to fight off the threat to the Fey kingdom.

Puck and Nyx may not have shared romantic moments, not that there was time available for such things. However, the sparks between them burned brightly. I am looking forward to see how their relationship progresses.

A fast-paced read, Iron Raven had me flipping the pages. It took me on a magical journey where danger abound in every corner.

I loved the world the author created and found myself completely caught up in it. I couldn’t get enough of it.

All in all this was a fabulous start to this new series. It was a great way for older fans to dive back into this awesome world and catch up with favourite characters.

Story Evaluation
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
World Building
five-stars
Writing Style
five-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Enjoyment
four-half-stars
Cover
five-stars
Ending
four-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

About Julie Kagawa

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.

 

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21 responses to “Reviews: Shadow’s Legacy and Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

  1. What a lovely review – and a strong introduction to this series. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, and now am very tempted to pick it up:)). I just need a bit more space on my TBR pile before embarking on ANOTHER long-running series…

  2. Looks like the second series is going to be just as exciting as the first one. I never read that one, either, but I know I really should. Puck and Nyx sound great.