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[BLOG TOUR & Q&A] The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall, #1) by Julie Kagawa

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Welcome to my stop on The Iron Raven book tour! Thank you to Inkyard Press for organizing the tour and allowing me to participate as a tour stop!


ABOUT THE BOOK

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Title: THE IRON RAVEN
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pub. Date: February 9, 2021
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: Teen; Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy; Folklore and Fairytale; Paranormal romance
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Wicked faeries and fantastic danger… Welcome to book one of the new trilogy in New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey fantasy series, as infamous prankster Puck finally has a chance to tell his story and stand with allies new and old to save Faery and the world.

“YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF ME…”

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. Filled with myths and faery lore, romance and unfathomable dangers, The Iron Raven is book one of a new epic fantasy trilogy set in the world of The Iron Fey.


REVIEW

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Wait, hold up. Wrong story.”

From my understanding, this is a continuation off of Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series, but this time from Robin “Puck” Goodfellow’s viewpoint. Having not read the previous series, readers will not be misplaced. The story starts sometime later with a new problem, just with recurring characters.

Here is a little background that I gathered: Puck is an arrogant bastard (haha) who lost his love to a Winter fey and has been sulking ever since. Meghan Chase aka The Iron Queen is the amour to both Puck and Ash. Always looking for an opportunity to kill each other, they somehow always end up on the same side.

The crew of estranged lover, worst enemy, lost love, and lost memory bond together in order to stop a mysterious darkness that is creeping over the land.

Kagawa always does a great job of incorporating the land into her stories. We meet different cultures, see vast geography, and come across the paranormal. Her characters are based off her culture or some very familiar races living jointly in the world…but with a twist.

Things I Liked

  • World-building
  • Character Vulnerability
  • The magic system – while not well-explained in this novel, I’m sure there is more explanation in The Iron Fey series
  • Ash – I have a feeling I will really like him when I read The Iron Fey series

Things I Didn’t Like

  • The “MC” – he was just too cocky for me – I felt like I was potentially missing out on the truth of some parts of the story since he exaggerates a lot
  • Meghan – I never like those hoes who lead two guys on – look at the lasting damage she did!
  • The ending – this felt like it could’ve been a standalone and ended just with the destruction of the darkness. It felt a little like grasping for more.

Knowing me, you’d know that I could care less about character development and care more about the action, but Puck ended up not being as douchey as I originally thought, so I appreciated that. 

Having read The Shadow of the Fox, I felt more detached from these stories than those. I enjoyed this novel, but it may have been better designed as a novella. Again, it could’ve been because I haven’t read The Iron Fey, but the culture was harder to read because we weren’t staying as long in one portion of the land.

The Iron Raven is a tale of coming together despite difference in order to preserve good. Readers who like a story where the good guys win and the bad get what they deserve will love this novel.

★★★★


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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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Q&A

Q: What was the hardest scene to write in The Iron Raven? What was the easiest?

A: I can’t say too much without giving away spoilers, but the hardest scene in The Iron Raven was near the very end of the book when they’re fighting the final Big Bad, and Puck does a completely Puck-ish thing to give them a fighting chance. It was random and irreverent and completely ridiculous, so I had to get it just right to avoid making it cheesy. The easiest scene was one where Puck and Ash were semi-seriously threatening each other, because I know those two so well and it was all rather familiar.

Q: Did you hide any secrets in your book? (names of friends, little jokes, references to things only some people will get)?

A: Lol, well I’m going to reveal my absolute geekiness and say that the name of the newest character, Nyx, is actually my D&D character, a dragon-hating elven assassin. There were a few tweaks, of course, but Nyx is…well, me in a D&D campaign. 😛

Q: What do you hope people remember about The Iron Raven?

A: I hope The Iron Raven brings back the feel of the first Iron Fey novels, where everything was new and surreal and exciting. I hope readers will experience the same wonder and belief in magic, friendship, love and heroism that I tried to present in the first series.

Q: Did The Iron Raven have a certain soundtrack you listened to while writing?

A: My music tastes are eclectic, but I do listen to a lot of Two Steps From Hell while writing, because its mostly instrumental and they have some epic soundtracks.

Q: What is your dream cast for The Iron Raven?

A: I am so bad at this question I don’t even think I can answer it. Apologies, but I really am terrible at remembering actors and actresses. This is a great question for fans, though. Who would your dream cast be for an Iron Fey series?