cover image The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall #1)

The Iron Raven (The Iron Fey: Evenfall #1)

Julie Kagawa. Inkyard, $19.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-335-09176-5

Told from the first-person perspective of Robin Goodfellow, also known as the fast-talking chaos causer Puck, this series starter set in the world of Kagawa’s Iron Fey saga follows Robin and Keirran, King of the Forgotten—exiled son of Iron Queen Meghan Chase, and sole wielder of “all three glamours, Summer, Winter, and Iron”—as they investigate a malevolent darkness in the Between. Aided by Keirran’s self-appointed personal guard, a primordial Forgotten sidhe assassin called Nyx, the two investigate the disappearance of an ancient town of Forgotten, only to encounter a malignant monster manifesting the darkness. Cursed into a previous, crueler form, Robin is disconcertingly pushed to face past wounds before the monster flees into the Nevernever, launching an action-packed, courts-traversing journey as the friends seek assistance from familiar faces and new allies. Kagawa succeeds in balancing Puck’s snappy, mischievous voice with Faery’s enthralling details. Though newcomers may find the established cast and worldbuilding briefly overwhelming, they’ll soon become immersed in this well-paced adventure, fulfilling for both Kagawa enthusiasts and fans of faerie tales. Ages 12–up. [em]Agent: Laurie McLean, Fuse Literary. (Feb.) [/em]