In the latest installment of Sookie Stackhouse’s story, Sookie once again finds herself in a web of trouble due to her relationships with the vampiresIn the latest installment of Sookie Stackhouse’s story, Sookie once again finds herself in a web of trouble due to her relationships with the vampires, weres, and fairies around her. The book begins with Sam’s bar, Merlotte’s, being firebombed while Sookie is on duty, and doesn’t let up much from there. Sookie also knows that her two fairy kin who are living with her, Dermot and Claude, are keeping secrets; plus, her vampire lover Eric is fighting with his second in command, Pam, and Sookie suspects it may have to do with her and the things he isn’t telling her. The book contains revelations about Sookie’s “gift,” her grandmother’s relationship with the half-fairy that fathered her dad, and other details of Sookie’s world.
Dead Reckoning was exactly what I have come to love about this series, and about Harris’s writing. There is plenty of action, yet nothing ever gets so dark that it cannot have you laughing out loud again in a few pages. Sookie is a very persuasive character because she has such an understand about the characters that surround her, she has a sense of humor and ability to deal with the troubles life deals her, yet she can also stand up for herself, no matter what it takes.
In this story, we see a further progression of relationships Sookie has, and some enemies finally put down. There aren’t a lot of big mysteries waiting to be solved here, but we do get answers to questions that have always been a part of the series. Unfortunately, Jason doesn’t make an appearance, but we get plenty of Eric, some Bill, and even a little Alcide. It’s a vampire and fairy heavy book, and were politics don’t play too much of a role, but there’s more than enough to keep a fan of the series happily reading.
If you’re somebody who has been keeping up with this series, you will really want to read this book. And if you haven’t, pick up book 1, Dead Until Dark, and get started....more
When we last saw her, Dana was basically under house arrest by her powerful Fae father while her weak, alcoholic human mother dried out. The reason foWhen we last saw her, Dana was basically under house arrest by her powerful Fae father while her weak, alcoholic human mother dried out. The reason for the house arrest: Dana is a very rare Faeriewalker, able to pass between both the human world and Faerie, and able to bring magic and technology into either. This makes her a very desirable potential pawn in the constant struggle for power. As if that were not enough, the Erlking has entered Avalon on the Wild Hunt and has set his sights on her. Dana must rescue a friend who has become a bargaining chip in the Erlking’s efforts to get to her, and Dana still doesn’t know what he’s really after.
The sequel to Glimmerglass, Shadowspell was a true extension of the larger story. There is a main plot–getting a certain somebody away from the Erlking–but really the story is a continuation of Dana’s struggle to regain control over her life, and her fight to not get killed in the process. The book also has a heavy dose of sexuality, much more than the first of the series. The issue of her virginity is up for grabs *cough*, and she even almost gets raped at one point. This is much more intense than I thought the series would become, and I’m not sure that I like it.
The Erlking is an interesting character. He’s at once repulsive, beautiful, and charismatic. As a reader, I actually began to like him, even though he’s a cold-blooded killer who is out for only himself. Introducing him into the story definitely livened up the overarching plot. I wish that we would get more of an introduction to Faerie, though. As readers, we’ve never ventured into that world, so I can only assume that we’ll go there in the next book, Sirensong....more
After reading (and loving) the first three Iron Fey books, I knew that I needed to read this one. However, I went into it with some concerns. Since thAfter reading (and loving) the first three Iron Fey books, I knew that I needed to read this one. However, I went into it with some concerns. Since this is told from Ash's point of view, would it just be a rehash of what we've already read, just through somebody else's eyes? Would Ash be a compelling and likable character? I just didn't know what to expect, which makes it even more remarkable that this book managed to exceed the expectations I did have.
While fitting neatly into the Iron Fey canon, The Iron Knight is also its own entity: a classic quest tale, searching not for eternal life, but for mortality--a reverse Fountain of Youth journey. As such, Ash encounters many trials along the way, providing opportunity for action and drama. However, Ash doesn't go it alone, and is accompanied by my two favorite characters, Puck and Grimalkin, as well as a few others that readers will be happy to see. Puck and Ash's relationship grows throughout this book, and we are able to see how they are two sides of a coin, and as much as they should repel one another, they really require each other to be happy.
The highlight of this book for me, though, is the amazing imagery the reader gets while journeying through the furthest corners of the Never Never. I loved seeing the fantastic beings and beautiful landscapes that Kagawa has written. On more than one occasion I was impressed with her vision and ability to portray that vision to her readers. This is the kind of fairy book I really enjoy: it takes me to another world and allows me to linger there with my imagination.
Anybody who is a fan of the Iron Fey series simply needs to read this. And while the first three books are important for the setting of this book, I'd go as far as to say that you may still enjoy this one even if you haven't read the previous three. But read the previous three anyway!...more
**spoiler alert** *Warning* Spoilers ahead if you have not read the first two books in the series. If you have, please proceed.
In the first book of th**spoiler alert** *Warning* Spoilers ahead if you have not read the first two books in the series. If you have, please proceed.
In the first book of this series, our heroine, Meghan Chase, ventures into Faery to rescue her brother, and finds that she is the daughter of Oberon, King of the Summer Fae. She travels into the Iron Realm, which is poisoning Faery, and defeats the Iron King to save her brother. Book two tests Meghan by having her love, Prince Ash, captured by the Iron Fae, while a war is brewing between the Winter and Summer courts, with Meghan at the center. In the most recent book, the stakes are even higher as Meghan must defeat the impostor Iron King, stop the spread of the iron sickness, and save all of Faery.
Kagawa has once again written a fast-paced, fun, exciting fantasy novel that will keep readers guessing at every turn. Ash and Meghan are finally able to be together, but that doesn’t mean that life is easy for them. They are living as exiles of the Faery realm, and must also avoid being kidnapped by a faction of the Iron Fae while in the human world. The plot climaxes in a series of battles that are more intense than anything that has come before in the series. The final showdown between Meghan and the false Iron King (I don’t think I’m spoiling too much there, because you know it’s going to happen) is satisfying. And I may have been dense, but I did not guess the false Iron King’s identity until it was revealed to the reader.
Meghan really comes into her own in this book. She learns, she takes charge of situations, and she is able to care deeply for those around her and to unite, at times, with her enemies. All in all, she’s a great female protagonist. I really appreciate that she and Ash manage to avoid falling into Bella-Edward relationship stereotypes.
The support characters are strong here, as well. As always, I love every scene that involves Grimalkin, and Puck is also fun to read (although maybe not as much as in the first book). Some new minor characters are introduced, including a really spunky, cute one named Razor.
This is probably the darkest book in the series, but that also makes it the most intense, and, I think, satisfying. We are left on a bit of a cliffhanger, so you’ll be chomping at the bit with anticipation for The Iron Knight, set to be released this coming fall. The Iron Fey is a strong series, and not to be missed by fans of fantasy....more
Donna Underwood has always felt like a freak. She has to constantly wear long gloves to cover her arms: arms that are covered in intricate ironwork, rDonna Underwood has always felt like a freak. She has to constantly wear long gloves to cover her arms: arms that are covered in intricate ironwork, repaired with magic within and without after an encounter that left her father dead and her mother as good as dead. Donna is a part of a society of alchemists, both seeking the philosopher’s stone and protecting the world from elves, fae, and other magical creatures. When Donna’s best friend Navin is stolen by the wood elves, she must enlist the help of her new half-fae friend to find a way to get her friend back.
The Iron Witch is a fast-paced read involving magical creatures, attractive boys, and lots of alchemy. My favorite parts of the book involved learning more about the alchemical society to which Donna belongs, and the different parts of the alchemical laboratory.
I liked the set-up of the book. Navin’s a really great best friend/cute boy character, and Xan also seemed like he might have a lot to him. Watching Donna reveal herself to these two guys took up a great deal of the book. The second half of the story, after Navin is kidnapped and Donna and Xan go on a quest to save him, felt a little rushed. I could have done with more dramatic tension and more obstacles to get to where Mahoney wanted to go and to balance out the character introductions. This is the frst book in a series (I believe it is a trilogy), so hopefully the next two books will be a bit meatier since they don’t need to set up the initial character introductions.
The Iron Witch is a quick read, and one that I did enjoy. If it seemed too short to me, that just says that it really did leave me wanting more. Needless to say, I’ll be picking up The Wood Queen when it comes out next year....more
I was a huge fan of the first trilogy, and am overjoyed there is now a second, with the same characters plus a few. This takes place in the redwoods,I was a huge fan of the first trilogy, and am overjoyed there is now a second, with the same characters plus a few. This takes place in the redwoods, a spot dear to my heart. My only complaint is with the publisher: they give away the last 50 pages of the book in the back cover summary! Rather than a teaser, it's a spoiler. I hope Flux does a better job next time....more
Tanya has always been able to see fairies, and has been tormented by them for this skill. As the fairies dole out increasingly destructive punishmentsTanya has always been able to see fairies, and has been tormented by them for this skill. As the fairies dole out increasingly destructive punishments for her diary entries about them, Tanya's mother becomes more and more frustrated with her troubled teen daughter. After the last event, Tanya is sent away to live with her emotionally distant grandmother, whose home happens to be overrun by fae. Tanya learns about fairy changelings, and the town's history of children disappearing. Tanya and her friend Fabian attempt to solve an old murder mystery, but are in for much more than they have bargained for.
The Thirteen Treasures is a bit of a standard fairy story in which fairies cause mischief and steal humans. If you want nasty fairy curses, ancient ancestors with strange histories, and derelict British estates, this book is for you. I found the story to be fun, if somewhat unremarkable. ...more
The town of Gentry has always done well. During the Great Depression, its citizens seemed unaffected. But this is because Gentry has a secret--somethiThe town of Gentry has always done well. During the Great Depression, its citizens seemed unaffected. But this is because Gentry has a secret--something nobody talks about. Children regularly die in Gentry, children who one morning wake up different, feral and strange. Mackie Doyle is one of these children, except he didn't die. Mackie struggles with the knowledge that he's not human, he's a changeling, and the human world is slowly killing him. When another changeling child dies, Mackie is put into a situation where he cannot help but do something, even if it puts him and those he cares about in mortal danger.
In some ways, The Replacement reminded me of Holly Black's books, especially Tithe. This book is different, however, because Mackie is fully aware that he is a changeling. The book lets the readers know this right at the beginning. I was also really glad that Yovanoff didn't name the two fairy houses the Seelie and Unseelie, as seems to be the case in almost all fairy lit these days. The House of Mayhem was extremely interesting and dark, as was the Morrigan, the childlike leader of that house. I loved Mackie's character, and thought that the family dynamic with his parents (a preacher and a mother who seems to know too much about the dark other world) and sister was well thought-out and honest. I recommend this for those who like their fairies creepy but are tired of reading the same book over and over....more
The Iron King started out sounding like so many other fairy stories. A young girl finds that her brother has been taken by the fae and replaced with aThe Iron King started out sounding like so many other fairy stories. A young girl finds that her brother has been taken by the fae and replaced with a changeling, so she chooses to brave the terrors of fairyland and rescue him. Had the story been only that, I would not have enjoyed it nearly so much. Instead, Kagawa steers the story into an entirely different direction, echoing some of the ideas of The Neverending Story. It turns out that there is much more to the land of fairies than meets the eye, and a new force is gearing up to take over. Rather than just needing to rescue her brother, Meghan Chase now needs to fight to save the same fairy courts she hates. I look forward to reading the rest of this series and seeing what new places the author takes us!...more