The Iron Raven

Inkyard. (Iron Fey: Evenfall: Bk. 1). Feb. 2021. 416p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781335091765. POP.
Gr 8 Up–Robin Goodfellow, or Puck, leads this new series set within the world established in the “Iron Fey” series. Puck is pulled into a new adventure when he; Keirran, King of the Forgotten and son of the Iron Queen and the Winter Prince; and Nyx, a deadly assassin, encounter a monster that unleashes negative feelings and anger to all fae who encounter it. Puck and Nyx must recruit Puck’s best friends Meghan Chase, the Iron Queen, and Ash, Meghan’s consort and a Winter Prince, to stop the monster before it corrupts the entire Nevernever. This new series does not require reading the previous Iron Fey books, but new fans may seek out the previous titles for more world-building and backstory. Fans will enjoy the continuation of Puck, Meghan, and Ash’s story and find the new character Nyx an intriguing and delightful addition. While the plot is action-packed, pacing is affected by a clear indication that the book is the first in the series, so the ending is slightly anti-climactic and rushed. The epilogue provides an intriguing hook for readers to continue to the next installment. Characters are of various fey classifications with various skin tones (green, blue, copper).
VERDICT A great spin-off series that should capture new readers and please established fans. Recommend to readers who enjoy Cassandra Clare or Holly Black.

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