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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Novella Review: Iron's Prophecy by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: September 1, 2012
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Length: 67 pages

"Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: 

“What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” 

Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child… 

A novella from the bestselling Iron Fey series"

Review:

Characters: Meghan Chase has finally been reunited with her true love and knight Ash, who has conquered the end of the world and earned his soul, making him a very unique fey. When they arrive at their first Elysium since Ash's return they are faced with a prophecy that puts all fey at risk. That the child Meghan carries may unite the courts or tear them apart forever. Now they have a choice to make and with the whole Nevernever at stake they need to make the right decision.

Romance: There isn't much romance in this novella except for some very steamy things in the beginning, but this is still a YA novella so it's not too steamy. Ash and Meghan have some nice emotional romance in this novella as well, especially when they find out that they are expecting a child. Puck also appears in this novella, and though his feelings for Meghan aren't quite gone, he still puts on an ever cheerful face for his best friends.

World-Building: This novella definitely helps bridge the gap between this series and the spin-off The Call of the Forgotten. This novella seems to foreshadow events that may occur in the spin-off series, and though I loved getting a glimpse into what may come, it did give me worry as to where this story may go. I know authors generally give their characters happy endings but this novella leaves me with a small sense of dread, as well as anticipation as to what the future brings for this world.

Predictability: This being a novella there wasn't much in the line of predictable moments. I was caught off guard for a variety moments especially near the end. Though then again there wasn't much warning for the things that were going to happen, which led to many times when I was wither pleasantly surprised or terrifyingly shocked at the things that happened.

Ending: The ending really leaves things open, there is a theme throughout this novella and the last installment that the future isn't set in stone and that anything can happen. So even though there are things that made me apprehensive to continue reading in this world, I am reassured that anything can happen.

Overall this was a solid 5 out of 5, it was my favorite novella, and now that I've reviewed them all, I do have to say that for those reading this series the novellas, though not essential add a deeper sense to the story and a great flow between the novels and series.

P.S. There's still a chance to win this and a the novellas, I am currently 3 followers away from including The Iron Legends into my Iron Fey 100 follower giveaway. Be sure to enter over on the Giveaways/Contests page. Also, be sure to check out my YouTube channel ZachsYAReviews I'll be posting my next exciting announcements post/video tomorrow be sure to check it out it's full of amazing news. 

3 comments:

  1. Definitely agree about the novellas in this series! They DO add a deeper sense of understanding to the stories. Great review!

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  2. I don't want to read this because I've never read this series. But every time you post a review it makes me want to read them even more! I can't help myself for reading even just a wee bit xD

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  3. I liked this one a lot. I still gave the entire series 4 stars, b/c I actually think it dragged a bit in places, but still a great read. I like Kagawa's writing.

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