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The Iron Locket

(The Risen King #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  30 reviews
She was raised to hunt faeries. He was raised from the dead.


Aiofe Callaghan comes from a long line of faery hunters. Hired by one of the faery queens, they protect the human world from chaos and destruction. But when Aiofe stumbles through an open door into the land of Faery, she discovers the job isn't as simple as it seems, nor is she.

Arthur Pendragon spent centuries
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 18th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 16th 2013)
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Gillian (Tattooed Book Review)
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance

Visit on April 22 for my stop on The Iron Locket Book Tour!

"Arthur straightened himself and glanced back toward the army gathered outside. 'Never in all my years as king would I have thought that one day I would be commanding elves and dragons. Myths and fairy tales come to life.'"

“Arthur straightened himself and glanced back toward the army gathered outside. ‘Never in all my years as king would I have thought that one day I would be commanding elves and dragons.
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
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The Iron Locket is a story that follows the legend of King Arthur. Well, a new legend of King Arthur. King Arthur has been brought back to life. Him and twelve of his best knights are alive in 2012. The Four Queens of Faery need the warriors to fight along with them before Faery is destroyed by their vicious and powerful predecessor, Leanansidhe. Along with the warriors, one of the queens also
Traci (Mad Hatter Reads)
My rating: 3.5 out of 5

I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Iron Locket is an interesting twist on the fae and the Arthur legend. The four Queens of faery have agreed on two things in the last nearly two thousand years, to preserve the legendary Arthur and his knights upon their deaths and to resurrect them in a time of great peril to the faery world. And that time is now.

Titania, the Queen of the South, also called mortals into service as faery
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jill S (Love Affair With Fiction)
The Iron Locket takes the world of fairies and the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and brings them to today. At first that description made me think twice, would this be something that would work for me? Will I enjoy this? Well the answer was a resounding YES! I was actually disappointed when I flipped the page to the last chapter and the word 'Epilogue' jumped into my line of vision. (I had not been paying attention to those numbers at the bottom of the page...I was ...more
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Interesting read, It kept my attention, With this fantastical twist on the Legend of King Authur, When a rogue fairy named Leanansidhe threatens to overtake the fea realm and the human realm It's up to Authur and Aiofe and yes the knights of the round table to save the day.
I love anything with fea lore so this was right up my alley with just the right mix of entertainment, action and suspence, although I could have dealt with a little more romance between Authur and Aiofe, the world building was
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My rating: 4.5 out of 5
I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This was a very good book, that kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn't want to put it down.

I love how it mixes old legends with modern twists.Aiofe is a strong and determined character that mixes her hardhead with snarky and makes it work. Arthur is definitely not what you would imagine from the legends of Camelot, he is just as hardheaded as Aiofe and although he has his knightly
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very good book, I loved the cover which actually made me want to read it to see what the book was about. I have to say I was correct about the cover because the book was great. It started off a little slow because you had to meet all of the characters, but once we met all the characters I didn't want to put the book down. I loved the characters, but who wouldn't, most of the main characters in the book were King Arthur and the knights of the round table. I also loved learning about ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let me start off by staying I absolutely love the cover of The Iron Locket. I love the fact that it's green, that Aiofe is there beautiful and strong, and that there's a knight. Overall it's a stunning cover. It definitely drew me in. Also, I absolutely love the concept of anything related to faerie and faerie worlds, so that sucked me in as well. I have to admit it took me some time to get into the story but when it started to pick up, for me it was one exciting adventure.

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Toni Michelle-Editor
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Iron Locket was a gift from the author in exchange for an honest review.
It is a dark fantasy novel and a great one at that. I really enjoyed reading this story of fairies and how they are hunted. Legends with a modern view to them, it is quite interesting. I would recommend this book to everyone that enjoys fairy stories as well as dark fantasy lovers. It’s a great read! I was in no way disappointed! I was completely in awe!
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love Arthurian legend and was eager to see what this book might bring. Let me just say it was not what I expected. Mixing Faery with the legendary Knights of the Round Table. The blend was simple and the story was easy to follow. Old hurts were addressed, but not dwelled upon. I think that made the characters a bit more believable. The ending was an eyebrow raiser and I am eager to see how it all plays out.
Pamela Beckford
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me say first of all, that I'm not a typical fantasy reader. So I was skeptical of reading this book. But I LOVED it! Other than not being able to pronounce her name, Aoife was my favorite character. The twists, the action, the romance - it was all well written and knitted together perfectly. I cannot wait for the next book to come out. Definitely recommended.
InD'tale Magazine
This is a great new take on the Arthur revival story!

Read full review in the 2013 June issue of InD’tale Magazine.
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oooooooh, I so cannot wait until the next book in this series comes out!! Chock full of fantasy creatures a running plot that entices as much as it pulls you in and so lovable characters. There's a spunky bit of mystery to this book that will leave you salivating for answers and the next book!
Lady Entropy
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Donna Arthur
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won't write any spoilers but if you love a good read with legendary beings then read this book.
Zachary Flye
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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Protagonists: This book follows both King Arthur, yes, that King Arthur and Aoife, a skilled faery hunter and their alliance with the Four Queens of Faery against the wicked Leanansidhe. King Arthur is every bit the king and hero we would expect him to be. He's chivalrous, strong, skilled, and a natural leader. Aoife is a strong yet hasty heroine who acts before she
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can not wait for the next book! I received my free copy of The Iron Locket, by Samantha Warren from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

I thought the concept of Knights of the Round Table being frozen in time and brought back by the four Queens of Faerie was brilliant. There are so many possibilities for this series with world building, retelling of legends, dramatic character growth and development. I am intriqued by the hints that there is more to Faerie than meets the eye, for
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn't realize that this book would be a spin-off of the King Arthur legend before reading. As I am not completely familiar with the old story, I had to research it a bit in order to understand who everyone was. Having said that, the author does a good job in introducing those characters into a new story with new characters.

This book tells the story of the four queens of Faery, who bring back King Arthur and his knights in order to protect their realm from the rogue fairy Lea, who threatens to
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This story wove an intriguing mixture of King Arthur legends with faery tales. Many of the faery characters were recognizable from classic stories, such as the four Faery Queens. The way the faeries and King Arthur’s knights were connected was unique and believable.

In addition to mixing King Arthur and faeries, there was also some modern humans in the form of faery hunters. The set up for them was also believable. I quite liked the histories and background woven into the story as everything was
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
First of all I am a sucker for any kind of paranormal romance so I know a lot about anything paranormal. But a writer has to think that the reader is new to this kind of books and they should also create their own world for the people who know a lot so we don't have to assume. Somewhere in the book a fairy gets mad saying I don't lie and that's it no explanation about anything. There should be explanations first of all fairies cannot lie. Second fairies are cruel creatures. Third they have very ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal

Picked up from one of those lists that are generated if you like this genre you might like.. And I did! This was a great mix of legends, myths, and a little of the "new" world. Aiofe was trained to hunt faeries, but while on a hunt she finds herself flat in the middle of Faery. Not where a human is supposed to be, especially not a human like her. She's dropped in the middle of some sort of battle between creatures she's never seen. Just as she's about to be taken into custody by Leananside,
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: series
As much as I love any story that has to do with King Arthur and his Knights, I had a hard time getting into this story. I read about 40 pages, and took a long break before revisiting the book. But, I am glad I did. I enjoyed how the author mixed Fay lore with the King Arthur story. Although this King Arthur is a lot different than what most of us expect, and that is a good thing, because it works on this story. I could have done without the romance scenes, which described a bit too much for my ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
insta-love, snowstorm and too many loose ends

I wanted to like this one, because of the King Arthur plus fairies sounded intriguing! However, the reality was that the first HALF of the book was extremely slow (where nothing of import happened). Also, Arthur and Aiofe (what kind of name is that anyway!) Fall desperately in love in less than 24 hours and there wasn't even a love story to go with it...... they literally gaze into each other's eyes once and are making out (really!).

Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
First section of book was great. The second part was okay, Aoife falls a little short in the personality department, but it fell apart for me in the last part. Not only did it seem off on pacing but the supposed romantic relationship is flat. If the author did not tell you it was there you wouldn't know it.

The premise of the book is a nice twist on Arthurian legends. I love the fact that all the famous knights are present in one story. Action scenes are exciting but not sure if Aoife is a
Carol Bosselman
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very good, only thing were a few jarring spelling/grammar errors that really should have been caught. Felt a little rushed, also, but great idea to bring legends back to life, and to have "hunters", would like to see more characterization, moreso of the knights (human characters were already pretty well done)
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Twist of King Arthur and his knights

A wonderful twist of King Arthur, loved it with the plot, evil witch, four fairy Queens. Can't wait to get the next book. Samantha Warren has taken a wonderful different direction with what we know about King Arthur and that he would have a better ending with his true love and still have his knights
Crystal Simpson
Mar 09, 2016 rated it liked it
The instant love isn't for me. I did not have a connection to the characters yet so the mayhem that ensued did not make me feel one way or the other. Maybe the next book will put it all in perspective.
Erin Arkin
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Review to come.
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