Book Review: The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa

The novellas of The Iron Fey series

Published in 2012 by Harlequin Books

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Romance.

Page Count: 296

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Summer, Winter, Iron.
Together at last.

Dangerous faeries. Heartbreaking romance. Thrilling action and limitless adventure. The world of the fey has never been so powerful. This collection includes three novellas set in the world of The Iron Fey plus the expanded Guide to the Nevernever and exclusive information about Julie Kagawa’s unforgettable world of Faery.

My Review:

Contains some spoilers for the first volume of Iron Fey books by Julie Kagawa.

What a wonderful way to rejoin the world of the Iron Fey! I loved the first four installments in this series, Ash, whilst brooding and mysterious, always has had his intentions clear, Meghan, the human but also faerie queen, and Puck, the always loyal and protective best friend, as well as an equally snarky and sassy fae cat, Grim, made for some fabulous, angsty and fun reading! So when I started reading this, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia, having realised how much I missed these characters and this world!

The story of The Iron Legends is broken down into three short stories, starting with…

Winter’s Passage, where Meagan and Ash are en route to the Winter Court, home of Ash and his family. This one took place early on in the series, I remember the pre Meghan and Ash angst, where neither of them can really act on their feelings, because Ash is a son of Winter, his mother being an enemy of Meagan’s father’s court. I loved being immersed in those early stages of the books, having loved all the angst between Ash and Meghan, yet rolling my eyes at the cringey aspects of it all! It’s just glorious! I felt like as I was reading this first story, recollections of what happened throughout the series was coming back to me, and I could definitely feel like these short stories set the scene for the next few books!

In Summer’s Crossing, I felt like this one was my favourite, purely because it was told from Puck’s POV! I loved how his humor really shone through this story, he kept making sarcastic quips towards Ash, I mean, one thing I loved about the first few volumes in this series was the history between Ash and Puck, I mean, they were rivals and enemies and once best friends! Their banter in this short story was great, and I felt like Puck was the same as I remembered him, always wanting the best for Meghan and wanting her happiness, even when Oberon proposes a bargain that could have been tempting, if only….

But it’s here in Iron Prophecy, where things start to really build for the next volume of stories. Taking place after the conclusion of the first volume, Meghan, now Iron Queen, is faced with a chilling bargain, after seeing a prophecy that will come to light after the birth of her son, involving her brother too. Honestly, this made me have all the chills, and I kind of thought Meghan’s reaction was a bit surprising, but then again, if I think about it, she has always been an optimist, and I do honestly hope that there will be a way around the events of the prophecy to come to light, because otherwise, things are going to be intense!

Overall, I loved these three short stories, and it was definitely what I needed to be reminded of how much I enjoyed the first four installments of The Iron Fey, and I’m definitely excited to continue the next volumes!

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