“The Iron Raven” by Julie Kagawa

Thanks to HQ and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I haven’t read any of the previous Iron Fey series, but I enjoyed the Shadow of the Fox series and think Kagawa is an imaginative and creative writer, so I was looking forward to reading this.

Kagawa is really good at world building and although I haven’t read the previous books in the series, I was able to get a sense of the world and the different Fae realms within it. The main character in this book is Puck, essentially the same character from English folklore, perhaps more familiar from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There are other characters here too that may be familiar to those who have read the previous books in the series, but I can’t really comment on their reception in this book.

I generally enjoy quest/journey type books but my main issue with this book was that it felt like I was reading an RPG. There was scene after scene of the characters travelling somewhere, having a chat with some other characters, then a big fight scene and repeat. Kagawa is very skilled at writing action sections, but it all felt a bit formulaic after a while.

I also wasn’t a huge fan of the instalove relationship between Puck and Nyx. Mostly because Puck acts like a complete knob for most of the story so it didn’t really make sense to me why she became infatuated with him. I know his behaviours tied into the story, but it didn’t make sense to me that she would fall for him so quickly.

Overall it was an enjoyable enough read but it didn’t inspire me to pick up the previous books and I probably won’t be in a rush to read the next book in the series.

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