The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall #1) by Julie Kagawa

My Five Word TL:DR Review: It’s not you, it’s me


I recently read and loved the Shadow of the Fox series by Julie Kagawa so when I saw her latest book I couldn’t help requesting it. I love reading books about the fey and even though I’ve not read the previous Iron Fey books this is a new start with a central character that I simply couldn’t resist – Puck, or Robin Goodfellow as he is sometimes known.

The long and the short of it is that this one didn’t work out quite as well for me as I’d hoped, but, in fairness I think its maybe an ‘it’s me not you’ thing. I imagine that readers familiar with this world will enjoy the return to much loved characters but as they were all new to me I didn’t have that attachment to carry me along.

I must say I got off to a really good start. I was enjoying reading about Puck and especially the Goblin Market where he met an old acquaintance and a female assassin who definitely piqued his interest. At this point we become aware of something dark attacking the fae of the Between and so the story takes us in the direction of a place where forgotten fae live in search of a monster that seeps evil.

Now, the thing is with this review I’m trying to avoid mention of so many things so as not to spoil the story for readers who are already familiar with this world and it’s characters. Instead I’m going to give more a few pros and cons.

Well, as I mentioned above I love that this is a story that focuses on Puck. The backstory about how he came to the Summer Court to serve under Oberon and Titania was really good. I also liked the character Nyx, a rather deadly and stunning assassin. She is fascinating and I would definitely like to know more about her.

I really liked that we travelled about and saw quite a few places and I loved the way the story uses fairytale scenarios and other little quotes that felt like shout outs.

The writing is good and the pace quick, in fact I pretty much flew through this until I reached maybe the last third.

In terms of criticisms. Well, I mentioned that I really liked that the story centres around Puck. However, given the direction that things take I wouldn’t say that he comes across in the best light. I realise of course that it’s linked to the overall storyline but it just left me feeling a little disappointed. Also, although I really liked Nyx I really didn’t feel any chemistry between her and Puck and so that element to the story fell flat for me. There was also a slight element of repetitiveness towards the end, which is where everything slowed down for me, not to mention a cliffhanger conclusion.

Overall, this one didn’t work out for me which is a shame. In fairness this is aimed at a much younger audience and I feel like readers who are already familiar with this world might enjoy this return to beloved characters more than I was able.

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks. The above is my own opinion.

My rating : 2.5 out of 5 stars


11 Responses to “The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall #1) by Julie Kagawa”

  1. Tessa

    I hate that you didn’t like it so much. I agree about Puck – I thought he was an odd choice for a protagonist given the nature of his being ever since Shakespeare introduced him. He is a trickster, so not really someone you can gravitate towards and root for. Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading your opinions 😊

    • @lynnsbooks

      To be honest I was looking forward to reading a story about Puck – I just felt that he didn’t come across too well for much of the story, mainly for things outside his control – but it didn’t make me connect with him.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  2. Jordann @thebookbloglife

    Oh it’s such a shame when books don’t work out for you! I have been seeing so much about this book at the moment, but so glad to read your thoughts and feelings!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think a lot of readers already familiar with this world will enjoy this return to much loved characters and perhaps I should have shown more restraint having not read the previous books – but I loved the idea of Puck so couldn’t resist.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  3. Tammy

    I have to admit I’ve never read this author before, so I probably would have some issues too. Hope your next book is better!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope so too. I did enjoy the previous series that I read by this author so that gave me more confidence requesting this – and it did start out quite well, but overall it felt a little flat for me and perhaps that’s because I haven’t read the previous iron fey series.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  4. pagesandtea

    What a shame this didn’t quite work for you. Don’t think I’ve read anything by this author before. Hope you enjoy whatever you’re reading next more πŸ˜€

    • @lynnsbooks

      To be fair to Kagawa I knew this was YA and I hadn’t read the earlier series so the characters probably fell a little flat for me due to that – but I really enjoyed her Shadow of the Fox series which is also YA so I felt a bit more confident that this one might work out. I don’t tend to request so much YA these days and this is why. Ah well. Worth a try.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  5. waytoofantasy

    Sorry this one didn’t really work for you. I read the first two Iron Fey books by her a LOOONG time ago and although I enjoyed them (I really need to get back to that series) they are *very* YA. Nothing wrong with that but they felt a little on the younger side of YA. I still want to read this one eventually, after I catch up with the first series.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I think, to be fair, that this would have been easier to enjoy if I’d read the first series and was already familiar with the characters. Without that they felt a little flat somehow. Hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to pick it up.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

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