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The Iron Sword: The Iron Fey: Evenfall, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Cool monster battles but lackluster narrator in faery saga.

Book Julie Kagawa Fantasy 2022
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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Another Enjoyable Iron Fey Book

If you do not know Meghan, Ash, and Puck, I strongly suggest starting at the beginning with Iron King. Ash narrates this story and it is best to know him to appreciate it. This is a very enjoyable series and here is the list of books in order. The short stories can be found together in The Iron Legends. The Iron King Winter's Passage (short story) The Iron Daughter The Iron Queen Summer's Crossing (short story) The Iron Knight Iron's Prophecy (short story) The Lost Prince The Iron Traitor The Iron Warrior The Iron Raven
age 12+

Some random book I stumbled upon and it's not bad.

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While this is a sometimes-thrilling averting-Armageddon faery story, it lacks the right narrator to tell it. In the first book in this spin-off series, readers follow Puck, and his romance with the warrior Nyx. He's complex and mischievous and funny and still has a lot to understand about himself. In this sequel, readers follow the perspective of Ash, the Iron King whose intense personal growth -- finding love, gaining a soul -- is behind him. Readers get right away that he wants to protect his family -- he says this countless times -- and also that he shouldn't get too angry and lose himself again. That's it. It would have been much more exciting to follow Ash's son Kierran on his adventures to the mortal world and to Wyldwood with the Big Bad Wolf.

The only time Ash's perspective makes the most sense to follow is during the climactic action when he fights against his violent Unseelie nature, and even just before when he fights his own nightmares. This draws the sequel to a close with some real tension. It also makes up for the first half of the book when Ash, Meghan, Puck, and Nyx make the rounds asking after Kierran -- and telling the same story of his disappearance three times in a row. Now that the path is set and the danger is total annihilation, the finale should be more consistently exciting -- especially if the author decides to pick a more interesting narrator to tell the story.

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