Friday, May 3, 2013

Book Review: The Iron Locket

Release Date: April 18, 2013
Author: Samantha Warren
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Length: 190 pages

She was raised to hunt faeries. He was raised from the dead.


Aiofe Callaghan comes from a long line of faery hunters. Hired by one of the faery queens, they protect the human world from chaos and destruction. But when Aiofe stumbles through an open door into the land of Faery, she discovers the job isn't as simple as it seems, nor is she.

Arthur Pendragon spent centuries in blissful nothingness, until the day the four queens banded together to raise him from the dead. Along with his twelve most talented knights, he leads the warring armies of Faery against the greatest enemy they have ever known: one of their own.

Can they overcome their differences to confront the greatest challenges either of them have ever faced?


Protagonists: This book follows both King Arthur, yes, that King Arthur and Aoife, a skilled faery hunter and their alliance with the Four Queens of Faery against the wicked Leanansidhe. King Arthur is every bit the king and hero we would expect him to be. He's chivalrous, strong, skilled, and a natural leader. Aoife is a strong yet hasty heroine who acts before she thinks. Due to the short size of this book it was hard to see too much character development between these two characters, and Arthur seems almost fully developed already. I would have liked to see more vulnerability in Arthur and less perfection.

Romance: This romance moved way too quickly. Even if this had been a full sized book the romance would have still escalated faster than a speeding bullet. I'm not a fan of insta-love and this one didn't even have a fate or destiny excuse to back up the instant connection. I don't know if it was the short size of this novel or the author trying to rush things, but I would have preferred to see Aoife and Arthur maybe hold a conversation before making out and saying "I love you."

World-Building: The world of Faery and Camelot combine in what seems to Arthurian Legend mixing with Fey lore. I loved the mixture as it seemed to go well together. We get to see Arthur and his knights as well as Titania, Mab, Oonagh , Isobel, and Leanansidhe, the Four Faery Queens and the wicked would be usurper respectively. I'm a huge sucker for faery lore ever since I read the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, and this twist makes me love it all the more.

Predictability: This book was rather predictable, except for maybe the ending. I could pretty easily see what was coming most of the time there was a time or two that I wasn't sure what the outcome would be and was genuinely surprised, however that was few and far between. Though this book was very predictable it didn't detract from the story or hinder it in anyway, but it certainly didn't help boost its rating either.

Ending: The epilogue was a rather tense few pages, it's a build up to a cliffhanger that may have you needing to pull your jaw from off the ground. I had certainly thought that what was happening was one thing when it turns out to be something quite different. All I can say is that Aoife, Arthur, and his knights will have their work cut out for them with this villain.


I hate to say it, but even though I did enjoy this book, I couldn't get past the hasty and unrealistic romance, and I would have loved to see more development within the characters which I just did not see though I can see it maybe coming up in future installments. Overall, I'd say check this book out, but don't be too hopeful for an amazing tale.


1 comment:

  1. Sounds just eh to me. I don't think I would like this and I'm a huge fan of fae stuff. I'll put this on the to think about list! LOL!