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 unlike any before. A threat that brings him face-to-face with a new enemy…himself.
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. Evenfall is coming, and with it a reckoning that even their combined powers and wits may not vanquish, as a shadow falls over the lands of Faery and the world slips into chaos.
The Iron Raven is a spin off from The Iron Fey series and is the first instalment of a brand new triology. An enjoyable and engaging book and I had so much fun reading it. This is a light fantasy full of characters and all manner of faeries, goblins, creatures and monsters. Action-packed and fast-paced it is a quick and compelling read with some wonderful detailed and well constructed world building. I haven’t read any of the author’s previous books but there is enough filler and character back history in here that I didn’t feel the need. The writing is good and the plot is well thought though, however I felt the general overall feel of the book may appeal more to the younger end of YA readers.
The characters are lively and colourful and it was wonderful discovering them, but my heart goes out to Puck. What a fabulous character, so cocky, self-assured and hilariously funny. Some of the things he said made me laugh out loud. I also loved the dark and sinister side to him and his impressive magic system. Nyx of the Forgotten is another favourite, a feisty and formidable assassin adept at wielding a pair of lethal blades, but also has a softer more gentle side. She shares a few little romantic moments with the main character, a chaste kiss here and there and some flirtatious banter. There was definitely a spark here but the romance was not in the forefront of the story, the focus being primarily on the adventure.
A fabulous start to a new series which sets the scene for the rest of the series and the cliffhanger ending leaves you wanting more. This is definitely one to pick up if you like exciting fantasy adventure stories with a cast of wicked faeries, goblins, monsters and fantastical creatures.
Publication Date (UK): 1 April 2021
Series: Evenfall #1
Page Count: 336
Genre: YA Fantasy
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy of this book to review.
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