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Iron Kin (The Half-Light City #3)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  412 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Imagine a city divided. Fae and human mages on one side, vampire Blood Lords and shape-shifting Beast Kind on the other. Between these supernatural forces stands a peace treaty that threatens to shatter at the slightest provocation….

I was raised to do the right thing. But to my family that means staying safe behind the walls of human society. To be a respectable metalmage
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by ROC
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Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

The fragile peace between the different races is held by a treaty, one that must be renegotiated every five years. Without it, the Bloods, Beast Kind, Fae, and humans would stay locked in a brutal war that would cost untold deaths. Saskia DuCaine inherited the same fierce need to help others that her older brothers have. However, unlike her brothers, she has been kept sheltered and not allowed to place herself in danger. But with the negotia
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*Beware of possible Spoilers*

Fen is a mutt of sorts, a half-breed, part Fae and part Beast Kind, but neither race will claim him, being the abomination that he is. But Fen has the sight, he is overwhelmed with visions, but doesn’t know how to control them and the pain they bring him, and with nobody to teach him how to handle them, he chooses to bind his wrist in iron and to drown himself in alcohol, but now even that isn’t enough to stop the visions completel
Courtney Lake
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As a series, I have really enjoyed the blend of Fae, Vampire, Shifters and Magic users that exist in this world. It is a very unique blend that includes a touch of steampunk to the mix. The first two books are a bit more self contained than this one. You absolutely must know what has happened in those to really understand and grasp some of the underlying plot lines in this book.

The focus on this book is Saskia, a metalmage, and Fen, a mixed breed seer and what their part is in the overall story
Britney (BookDrunkSloth)
So far the best in this series. Still not outstanding or anything though. The story continues with this third installment, and I was happy to revisit old characters. Lily is one I particularly like continuing to follow.

However, Fen has quickly become my favorite. I thought this would happen when reading Blood Kin, because he has all the history and personality I like best for male leads. He has had a rough upbringing, and is very tortured. This is both emotional and physical. As expected, he doe
I accidentally skipped from book 1 to 3 in this series, but I honestly don't think reading them in order would change my opinion of this book. It's not bottom-of-the-barrel writing quality. That's not the reason I gave it a bad score - the quality of the writing is good. I simply disliked the characters and the story. I stopped reading at page 172, right in the middle of the first sex scene, and I don't think I missed a thing. Maybe it's because I prefer urban fantasy to paranormal romance, but ...more
Full review to come....

This one is probably actually closer to a 3.5 star read for me. I really liked Fen and Saskia's relationship but am marking this slightly lower than the other two books in the series only because I thought that the ending was somewhat abrupt and, while not really a cliffhanger, still left a lot unresolved. Fen and Saskia also got a little shortchanged I think near the end as Half-Light City politics took center stage and their relationship got pushed to the side. I underst
Wow, after even learning this book existed I knew it was sooo going to be the one I had high expectations about. But by far this one read actually even weaker than the second book. And that book was totally a whole lot of sitting around and not doing much special. Iron Kin on the other hand is all about the DuCaine brother's younger sister, the mighty iron mage in short whining and manipulating her way into sitting at the big boys and girls table during a very critical time in the storyline. How ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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In IRON KIN the stakes are raised as the people of the Half-Light City creep closer to all out war. The worldbuilding in this series is one of its strengths and delving deeper into the politics of this world made it even richer. The fragile peace between the mages, vampires, and shifters drove the action and kept the threat of war dangerous close throughout the book. It was a somewhat challenging to keep track of everything and not feel overwhelmed occ
Amanda Byrne
Originally reviewed for and posted at Vampire Book Club.

A mark of a great book is when I finish reading it and get pissed the next one isn’t immediately available.

In Iron Kin we return to the Half-Light City and the DuCaine family. Saskia’s a metalmage and the oldest daughter, escaping the trappings of marriage only due to her studies. She meets Fen, a Beast/Fae/human mongrel, in a chance encounter at a ball thrown by her mother. The two are intrigued by each other, but Saskia’s determined to
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

As must as I enjoyed Iron Kin, I doubt whether I’ll be continuing this series beyond this book because there’s just nothing overly remarkable about it. Shadow Kin, now there’s a kickass story and also one of the only reasons why I made it to the third installment of this series. Even though this novel does have well-constructed characters, creative world-building and an exciting love interest; it just didn’t do it for me. Thankfully, there were plenty of Lily moments in t
2.5 / 5 stars

This is the first book I've won from Goodreads' giveaway feature. I am reluctant to give a bad review as a free book is always a good book, especially when it randomly shows up at your doorstep with a rad buff chick on the cover.

Iron Kin has all the makeup of an exciting teen fantasy read with werewolves, vampires, Fae and the like on the brink of war. . . but it just missed the mark. I felt as if there was a lot of buildup and not a lot of bang. This is especially true with the de
Last book, Blood Kin, was good, but I wasn't as impressed with it or liked it as much as the first book Shadow Kin. Not to mention that I had a hard time getting into Blood Kin. However, I didn't have the same problem for Iron Kin. I'm not sure if it was cause of Saskia or Fen (hmmm, Fen. For some reason I kept picturing him with an earring in one ear like some dastardly pirate). Last book, Holly was meh and Guy was all right. I loved Saskia's spunkiness in this book. Plus, a chick who can fashi ...more
Book 3 in The Half-Light City.

Half-Light City is a dangerous place, with Fae, Blood, Beast Kind, and humans all fighting for power. They have a tentative peace that is enforced by the Fae Veiled Queen, but it's time to renew the treaty, and some of these supernatural factions would prefer that the peace be broken.

Saskia is the sister of a sunmage and a Templar, and a metalmage. She's firmly on the side of the law. Fen, part Fae and Beast, lives in a much shadier fashion, but his visions make him
Won in a good reads first reads giveaway

I really loved the background to this book. The world is like urban yet distant with hints of steampunk and myth. The characters all were pretty unique and I really enjoyed them. I really like books that can combine the elements i like and tell a good story. Next time i read this book i want to have read the others first because i was a bit lost.

When the book first starts i was pulled in but i grew to dislike Fen. His personality was like bad boy and im n
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Paranormal Romance
*Rating* 3.0


Iron Kin is the third installment in the Half-Light City series. The Half-Light City series is set in a alternative world where Humans, including Templars, Bloods (Vampires), Fae, and Beast Kind (werewolves) are all bound by a treaty that gets renewed and reviewed every 5 years. The first two books, Shadow Kin and Blood Kin, slowly built up the foundation for what happens in this book and introduced the main characters who have fought for everything
Jenni Ebba
I absolutely love this installment. The Half-Light City novels are phenomenal. If you have yet to read the first two in this series- you really can't start with this one. If yo udo- you'll be lost. MJ Scott is a wonderful storyteller that can weave a believable world that draws you in as a part of it. It really is amazing how compelling her characters are too. :P
In a city where the peace is held through the will of the Veiled Fae Queen, tensions stir when the time of treaty comes around. Every f
Elaine Shipley-pope

First of all I read Iron Kin without reading the previous two books in the series. I had been worried that I would be a little lost having not read them. But fortunately that wasn't a problem. Sure there was some back story that probably would have been nice having from reading the other two books but I didn't have any problems understanding exactly what was going on.

I LOVED this book. The main female character, Saskia, really surprised me.
Julie Minnick
Very good read

This is the third book in this series that I have read. It is by far my favorite and I have already purchased the fourth. I love the way she continues the series but incorporates new lead characters. Such a brilliant idea! If you like vampires, beasts and fae in an adult like setting then this is a must read. But go back and start with book one. :-)
I'm done with this series. It's not plausible that someone who could see the future would act so stupidly and others around him, who know he can see the future, don't want to believe him. The romance was also average and nothing new. I thought the politics surrounding the city and the different paranormal races would interest me more, but not that much happened around those issues and only leads up to what I think will be covered in the next book.
Kerry (The Roaming Librarian)
It wasn't as good as the others in the series, and I was disappointed in the ending. I felt like that piece of the story was rushed (and not a true ending). Don't get me wrong, the majority of what I read are series of stories so I'm accustomed to a certain amount of open-ended-ness. However, I felt like there was a chunk missing, like the last chapter was cut out of the story or something. Again, please believe me, the story wasn't bad. On the contrary, I enjoyed most of what I was reading, plu ...more
I know I picked this series up in the middle, but the story was so good, I want to find the first two so I can figure out what I missed. And then get the fourth book so I won't miss out on the excitement to come. The characters are believable and the two narrator POV wasn't hard to follow at all. The romance blended right into the story telling and didn't feel at all forced. READ IT!
Enjoyable enough instalment in this series but definitely not my favourite. While I liked Fen I found Saskia a little annoying with her aggressive determination to be involved in the negotiations in order to prove to her brothers she didn't need to be protected. Honestly they weren't that bad. She was training as an iron mage and had nothing to do with governing or protecting the humans of the city - she had no real business there. While I quite like alternating view points in general, unfortuna ...more
Jeannie Lopez
This one was more action and enjoyed it immensely..

Fire dances
It lights the night
Warms the heart
Sparks from nowhere
To blaze a path
To clear the brush
To burn it all
Raze what stands
And leave that which remains
Ashes or something forged anew
Will You Burn ...
Every time I find an author or series I love, I start the latest book with the thought that I will restrain myself and read a little at a time so I can savor the book. With Iron Kin, much like numerous other books, I couldn't help but devour it as quickly as possible. I wanted to knoww more about Fen and Saskia, and all of the issues between the four races of this world. I was not at all least not I until I finished the book and realized I would have to wait almost a year for t ...more
Iron Kin really isn’t my typical cup of tea. I’m not that into romance, but I read it because it looked interesting. This isn’t your typical romance book. The politics, steampunk and interesting magic system attest to that. If Scott had more emphasis on those elements, Iron Kin, and the series itself, would probably appeal to a wider audience. As it is, Iron Kin is a fun, distracting fantasy novel that will appeal to romance readers, while probably not being the right flavor for many fantasy rea ...more
Catherine Grice
Tedious. Characters were shallow. No explanation of the magic.
I really liked this book, but I made the mistake of reading it first. I will have to read the first two to get the background story. Even so, I really liked how the female characters were developed. There were some nice feminist elements within the kind of steampunk era/world. Fen was a bit annoying as a character, and not as well developed as I would have liked - maybe the previous books will help. Some of the political stuff was slow but possibly due to my not reading the books in order.
Of the books I've won from Goodreads, this has to have been my favorite so far! It was extremely exciting and the characters are fun. Sometimes it felt a bit "young" to me, but that was quickly forgotten.

Saskia is a great feminist character, and her strength made ME feel stronger! I am always looking for feminist female characters, and believe me I'll be having my daughter read this ASAP to give her a good role model.

I only wish the book had touched on the Veiled World more!
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“If you're all grown up, as you insist, then you're old enough to recognize heat between a man and a woman. And it's there between us. I'm not a saint, Saskia. I'm not one of your respectful human boys. If you ask me, I'm not going to be a gentleman."

"Sainted bloody earth." She'd finally found her tongue. Her cheeks still blushed pink, but her eyes were furious. "How is that no woman has killed you before now?”
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