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Wicked faeries and fantastic danger… Welcome to book one of the new trilogy in New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey fantasy series, as infamous prankster Puck finally has a chance to tell his story and stand with allies new and old to save Faery and the world. For fans of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare!


Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Prankster, joker, raven, fool… King Oberon’s right-hand jester from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The legends are many, but the truth will now be known, as Puck finally tells his own story and faces a threat from a time before Faery began. A threat that brings him face-to-face with a new enemy…himself.

With the Iron Queen Meghan Chase and her prince consort, Puck’s longtime rival Ash, and allies old and new by his side, Puck begins a fantastical and dangerous adventure not to be missed or forgotten. Evenfall is coming, and with it a reckoning that even their combined powers and wits may not vanquish, as a shadow falls over the lands of Faery and the world slips into chaos.

336 pages, Hardcover

First published February 9, 2021

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593 reviews3,542 followers
February 20, 2021
“I could see my reflection in her gaze, the horns jutting out of my hair, the slightly feral look that seemed normal for me now. My heartbeat picked up, and my mouth went dry as this deadly, confident, beautiful assassin held my gaze without fear.”

I initially rated this 3 stars, but the more I thought about it, the angrier I got, so buckle in your seatbelts.

Me to The Iron Raven:

I'm too mad to structure this properly, so this will just be a list of thoughts/things that infuriated me:

-Why another heterosexual, white romance? Just why?? Puck is a faerie and Kagawa has previously confirmed on Twitter that fey have no fixed sexual orientation. In the book, Puck tells us that he has had romantic interactions with creatures of all genders and species. Then why fucking play it safe? Why give us this piss-weak attempt at representation, then not show it on page? I’m especially disappointed because Kagawa used #OwnVoices to promote her Shadow of the Fox series, but remained conspicuously silent during BLM. You can argue that she doesn’t want her Twitter to be for anything but author promo, but in my opinion, if you wanna reap the benefits of the diversity card, you have to give back to the community in return. I’m not saying she should be out there holding a sign on the street, but she can at least use her influence to promote resources and organizations.

-There’s too much mention of kissing when they really mean sex. Teenagers. Have. Sex. They likely talk about it more than we do because hormones. So stop clutching your pearls and just say the word sex. I’m not asking for graphic erotica, but this is just prudish.

-The word "stubborn" gets thrown around too much. I have hated that word since YA Paranormal Romances ruined it. You know what I'm talking about—the male love interest will sigh through his aquiline nose and say the heroine is being stubborn when he really means she has no self-preservation skills and Darwinism will take care of her. These characters are exactly the same. They use the word stubborn when they really mean idiotic, or if I’m being generous, loyal to a fault. I'll be happy if I never see the word "stubborn" used in a positive context again, k thanks.

-We get kissy-kissy scenes between Ash and Meghan and seriously, those two just need to fuck off already. I would’ve preferred they play a minimum role because this is a new series and they were titular characters in the first series. But they're still very much prominent, and I suspect it's because Kagawa wants to (not so) indirectly praise their epic romance.

-The big bad was laughable.

-Nyx, Puck's love interest, is boring. She was fiercely loyal to the Lady of the Forgotten and is now loyal to Kerrian, the new King of the Forgotten. I figured she’d be more upset that Kerrian murdered her queen, but I guess the narrative wanted to usher us in another direction so oopsie, no time for that grievance! She would’ve been a far more interesting character if she had to wrestle with her past and new loyalties.

Anything dark is just glossed over in general. Puck was wounded by the creature near the beginning and is consequentially reverting back to Robin Goodfellow, the vicious faerie he used to be, who had no conscience and would play cruel pranks. We get a very sanctified version of Robin Goodfellow though. Puck gets horns and goat hindquarters and says a few mean words to Ash, and that’s it. The book feels the need to remind us every few pages that Puck is feeling these daaaark things and he doesn’t want to be that person, but all these reminders only serve as a smokescreen for the fact we're never going to get Dark!Puck. It's all tell, no show. Kagawa is too scared of making this book semi-nuanced, so she never actually lets Puck off his reins. Does she genuinely think readers will turn on Puck if he does something cruel, like bomb a village with rats? The YA community is way too obsessed with villains. Most of them are still salivating over the Darkling from Shadow and Bone and he murdered and mutilated people.

-The flashbacks were the only interesting parts of the book, but they were far too few. We only get two from what I recall. We don't get a gay encounter in the flashbacks either. Lame.

The Iron Raven could have been magnificent. The ingredients were there and they were just squandered. That's what angers me the most.

Pre-review: Why are all old-timer YA authors revisiting their debuts these days? First Tahereh Mafi, then Marie Lu, and now Julie Kagawa.

Honestly I think this is linked to the incoming trend of YA authors moving into adult fiction. Sarah J. Mass is set to release Crescent City, and Leigh Bardugo just released Ninth House. They’re catching up with their audience. The readers that read Throne of Glass back when it first came out are adults now and might yearn for more mature content. Writing adult fiction is a good way to tap into your existing fanbase (and keep them for the more cynical-minded). Revisiting old series carries the same logic. Of course I’m going to fucking read The Iron Raven, even though the tropes would make present-day me throw up my eyeballs. They’re capitalizing off nostalgia and you know what—you got. Hook, line, and Puck-shaped sinker.
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805 reviews1,132 followers
April 10, 2021
At this point, authors are just taking advantage of our nostalgia. But you know what? I'm ok with that. I have been waiting for my main-man Puck, AKA: Robin Goodfellow, AKA: one-of-my-favorite-characters-of-all-time-and-forever, to get his book, and after a whole decade of waiting, he finally did.

That said, after I read it, I up the book down, stared into the emptiness and had no idea what I even thought about it. I've been postponing my review for days because I don't know what to say.

Did I enjoy it? Yes. For sure.
Did I love it? No. Not really.
Was it full o the same stuff I loved in the Iron Fey? It certainly was.
Did it fill me with the same joy as the Iron Fey? It certainly did not.

So, here we are.

First, let me tell you, I love Puck. He's funny and charming and very entertaining to read about. I loved being in his head and getting to see just how complex he is. I loved him as the main character, although I did have an issue with the narrative style and wording (see below).

The rest of our beloved gang is also back with Grimalkin, Ash, and Megan. I missed that squad so much! We also have a new character, Nyx, who I honestly felt pretty ambivalent towards. She was cool but not necessarily memorable for me. Then again, I was too busy focusing on Puck and all the other OG cast.

The plot is fast-paced and action-packed. There was a moment right before Puck meets up with Ash and Megan that kind of dragged for me, but once the gang was together, it all picked up again.

The writing is good for the most part and I enjoyed the way the world and character dialogue was written. Still, the book is repetitive. Puck goes through the same inner monologue too many times. It's the same pity party over and over. It goes with the same phrasing and word choice and while I did feel for him at first, by the third or fourth time of the same sad fest, I just rolled my eyes

Also, through the book we see Puck revert to the Robin Goodfellow from legend that everyone feared. And every time this would get mentioned, it was in the same repetitive monologue. It got old quick. It was also underwhelming. I wanted to see a cruel, sadistic, bloodthirsty Robin Goodfellow because that's what they kept hyping up but that's not what we got. It was all talk. Other than some shady things he said and some slightly more powerful uses of magic, he wasn't all that bad or terrifying. It's like the author was afraid that to show the full darkness in him because it might damage his likable persona.

Then there was the romance. I liked it. And didn't like it. Romance is not the main focus of the book so don't worry. Nor are there any wild declarations of love, which is why I liked it. But according to my calculations, this book takes place over four or five days. I've never been in love, so maybe I'm wrong, but 4-5 business days aren't enough to fall in love with someone. Especially when that someone has such little character development. And especially when you're a centuries-old faerie and not a naive teenage boy. It just felt rushed and forced to me. Like Puck needed a love interest and the author said, yeah why not.

In the end, I did enjoy this one. It was a fun read and I recommend it to any fans of The Iron Fey.

Lastly, this is just a suggestion. Do you have to read The Iron Fey and The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series to understand this book? Technically no. Should you? Probably yes. Considering that most of the characters in this book (literally everyone except for Nyx) are from the previous novels and that the entire plot of this book is a consequence of the things that happened prior, you might lack a lot of background information. But, do with that information what you will.

**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

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409 reviews2,203 followers
January 10, 2021
"A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

Wait, hold up. Wrong story."

3 stars for the actual story and that extra star is for all the Ash scenes I was blessed with🥺

yes, I know this is Puck's book but...there was also Ash *swoooon*

First thing's first -- The Iron Raven is a spin-off of the The Iron Fey series, so while you don't necessarily have to read that before this, I highly recommend it!!

There's a recap of all that's happened in the other two series, so that'll mean spoilers...and I mean, you'd be missing out on meeting the Ash, aka the love of my life. *fangirling*

BUT anyways, this isn't about Ash so I'll stop now.

Puck finally got his story and I have to say...I'm a bit conflicted on how it turned out to be.


"The Nevernever could be crumbling under our feet, and you'd make a joke about it."

Robin Goodfellow--our very own Puck, has always been dismissed as the ridiculous fool who takes nothing seriously and his very own name instills fear into others because of the chaos he wreaks.

Basically, he's bad news.

But we love that about him. at least most of the world does I've always been a #TeamAsh, but Puck is still one of my favourites. And wow, reading from his POV and seeing all his thoughts...I have to say that it gets dark .

Puck always seemed to be cheerful & uncaring about a lot, but damnn he's totally different on the inside and it showed. The amount of times I wanted to cry over Puck's pain :(((

And I loved that we got to learn wayyyy more about Puck's past. Like A LOT more and how he used to be centuries ago. Really makes you understand him so much more <333


"Generally, I find a dagger is a much better alternative to stopping someone's heart than a surprise party.

There's far less of a chance they'll stab you back."

Yes, she sounds very concerning but I adore that. Nyx is supposedly Puck's new love interest and she's super cool. Puck himself called her an Ash 2.0 and I CAN SEE THAT.😂

The way I want to talk more about her, but I think it's much better if you see for yourself.😏 I'll just say that she's very very skilled assassin and Julie made many references to Sailor Moon that related to Nyx.

But as much as I did like her, I found the romance between Puck and her a little lacking :/
Although, it's probably just a me thing, but I literally shrieked and had a goofy smile on my face every time I saw a MeghanxAsh scene.

I was living for those moments.
Ash started to say something, and she glared at him. "Unless I don't get any rest from the constant hovering of an overprotective Winter faery who is worried that I'm not getting enough rest."

Ash slumped in defeat. "Fine," I heard him say. "As you wish, my queen. But if you pass out or fall asleep during the fight with the big monster, I get to be 'unbearably overprotective' for the next month."

Lowering her arms, Meghan swayed on her feet, then collapsed into Ash's arms.

I wish I could fall into Ash's arms :(
yes, clearly something is wrong with me, i know

But you can't have an Iron Fey book without our ✨favourite✨ cait sith-- Grimalkin. He was as 'helpful' as always and the star of the show other than Ash ofc. His "Because I am a cat" responses were as infuriating hilarious as always. You could give me a whole series on Grimalkin and I'll read it.😹

wait, that's actually a really good idea...if Julie did that, I'd die of happiness.

"We've learned a lot since then. When I first came through here with Ironhorse, I was younger, and much more..." She paused.

"Reckless?" Ash said quietly beside her.

"Impulsive," Grimalkin added up front without turning around.

"Prone to shrieking?" I put in, not about to be left out.

The Iron Queen glared at us all. "All those things, I suppose," she said in a flat voice that hinted at retribution later on.

That moment when they all gang up on Meghan😂 They're not wrong tho

Now the reason why I thought of this story as deserving a 3 star is because it kinda felt like it was lacking the same magic that I felt the original series had. There's definitely been lots of improvement in terms of writing, although I've always loved Julie's writing.

There was also (and might just be me) the amount of times I saw "smirk" being used AND IT WAS SO ANNOYING. Like the characters can smirk and all, but when they're smirking basically ever five pages, ahahahaha that's just too much.



if the next book I read has a lot of 'smirks', I'm gonna throw it across the room and burn it

Ahhh this has successfully made me want to reread The Iron Fey series.

I've been apart from Ash for far too long.


Eternally grateful to Inkyard Press for sending me an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All quotes in this review are subject to change upon release date.
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1,540 reviews9,834 followers
May 8, 2023
The Iron Raven is the first installment of a new trilogy set within the world of Julie Kagawa's much loved Iron Fey series.

There have been seven previous full-length novels, as well as a handful of novellas, in this series. This is the first to feature Robin Goodfellow, aka Puck, as the narrator.

I must confess, I have never read any of the Iron Fey novels. In spite of that, I still had a ton of fun reading this and fell in love with the characters. Kagawa did an incredible job making this accessible to Readers new to this world.

With this being said, I'm sure for long-time fans of the series, this book is full of nostalgic content and it will be even more wonderful for them to read.

I was excited to pick this up because Kagawa's Shadow of the Fox trilogy is my favorite YA Fantasy trilogy of all time.

Her witty and vibrant writing style mesh extremely well with my tastes. In fact, after this, I am quite tempted to go back and read the Iron Fey series from the beginning!

This novel is a classic adventure story, complete with a dangerous quest, set in the land of the Fae.

It begins when Puck chances upon the King of the Forgotten, Kierran, who needs to get a message to his mother, Meghan, the Iron Queen. He needs to warn her of a vicious monster currently wrecking havoc in the Between.

When the monster does show its face, it is unlike anything Puck as ever encountered. He's injured during the confrontation, as is Puck's new friend, the lady's assassin, Nyx.

After seeking healing aide from a local goblin, Puck and Nyx set out together to find Meghan and engage her help with putting a stop to the monster's reign of terror.

I really enjoyed Puck as narrator. He is sarcastic and funny, even in the most dire of situations. He is also a character struggling with past hurts and negative aspects of his own personality.

I always love a quest. As a hodge-podge team of traveling companions are constructed, you just know that you are in for an action-packed good time. That was certainly the case here.

Puck and Nyx are ultimately joined by Meghan, Ash, Coaleater and Grim, as they try to find out the truth behind the monster and what threatens the lands of the Fae.

They encounter some dangerous obstacles and a whole host of magical and mythical creatures along the way; all while trying to navigate their own interpersonal challenges.

I was completely swept up into this world. As always, Kagawa's character interactions stole the show for me. I love her dialogue and laughed out loud numerous times.

The ending is a compelling cliffhanger, leaving off with a prophecy that definitely let's the Reader know this adventure is far from over.

Thank you so much to the publisher, Inkyard Press, for providing me with a copy to read and and review.

I had so much fun with it and cannot wait for the next book to be released!!!

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3,470 reviews9,636 followers
January 4, 2022

Well, I listened to the audio from the library and it was like listening to middle grade twats. At first I thought it was everyone in the book but it was just Puck. I didn’t care for Puck at all and I’m not sure if I liked him in the old books or not.

I do know I loved Ash and it was nice he was in this book but the next book is his book so I’ll be all over that. And it better be good!!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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June 24, 2020


I mean it's not as fantastic as I thought it would be bUT WE GOT A COVERRRRRRRRRRRRRR
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1,078 reviews636 followers
March 7, 2021

I always have and always will love The Iron Fey books. And I love Julie Kagawa for making this amazing universe filled with such great characters. And I definitely want her to keep writing books in this series as long as she has stories to tell. But that's the issue for me. This didn't feel like Kagawa had a story to tell. It didn't feel new or fresh to me. Finally we get Puck's story, but it just didn't do him the justice he deserves. It was definitely not a bad book, don't get me wrong. It's just that I know that Kagawa is capable of so much more!

"[...] my best laid plans always seem to backfire on me, so better not to have any to begin with."
- Puck

👍 What I Liked 👍

Puck: I will always love Puck! He is so full of mischief and fun, it's hard not to like him. Sometimes he walks the line between what's acceptable and what's not, but that's part of his charm. There were some aspects, however, of Puck's character that I did not enjoy in this book (see below) but I am still so happy that he finally gets a story of his own, because he definitely deserves that!

Nostalgia: The nostalgia was definitely strong with this one. I was 19 or 20 when I read the original trilogy and I fell instantly in love. The characters, the universe, the magic - it ticks all my boxes. And I always enjoy a dose of nostalgia, which this book certainly delivered. We get back to the Nevernever and get to meet Grimalkin, Meghan, Kierran and Ash again. I think that was the highlight of this book for me.

👎 What I Disliked 👎

Repetition: This word covers a lot of aspects of this book. First - Puck exhibits a lot of repetitive thought patterns that got quite old as the story went on. Second - the themes of this book seemed very repetitive of the themes in earlier books. I wanted this story to stretch and take me somewhere new. Sadly, that didn't happen.

Not far enough: The whole book is such a tease. It built up to something that never happened. So the entire buildup just fizzled into nothing, making a large part of this book feel unnecessary.


*Me, whenever Cassandra Clare releases a new Shadowhunter series*: Is that woman incapable of writing something original? Why doesn't she branch out and do something new? Stretch herself a bit?

*Me, whenever Julie Kagawa releases a new Iron Fey series*: OMG! I am so excited, I need this now!! 😍😍


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1,271 reviews175 followers
February 17, 2021
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My opinion of this brand-new series will differ vastly from the many fans of the Iron Fey world. As you know based on my review of Shadow’s Legacy, I am an Iron Fey newbie so I am looking at this world through a fresh pair of eyes and by golly I had a wonderful experience.

The story followed the events in Shadow’s Legacy. The land of the Fey is at risk. Something ominous is lurking in the Shadows and it’s up to Robin Goodfellow aka Puck and his friends to find a solution to ending this threat. However, they will discover that ridding their kingdom of this threat would not be as easy as they thought.

I had a wonderful time interacting with the characters. Puck lived up to his name of being a prankster. He had many facets, and it was fun discovering them all. Fun, charming and entertaining. He had me laughing out around many times throughout the story. I loved how the author delved into his past. I learnt of his struggles in the past. How he loved and lost and how the sound of his name struck fear in others.

Nyx, a Forgotten moon elf, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in the prequel, was such a badass. Her memories of her past were bleak, but she never forgot her skills as an assassin and her allegiance to the Queen of the Forgotten. On learning the Queen was dead, her allegiance switched to protecting Keirran. Hence her purpose on this mission. Fearless, strong and determined, and the perfect match for Puck.

The supporting cast added their special blend of magic to the story. Grimalkin made my day. His actions and responses while it infuriated Puck had me laughing my head off.

Each character was dealing with their own personal struggles while trying to fight off the threat to the Fey kingdom.

Puck and Nyx may not have shared romantic moments, not that there was time available for such things. However, the sparks between them burned brightly. I am looking forward to see how their relationship progresses.

A fast-paced read, Iron Raven had me flipping the pages. It took me on a magical journey where danger abound in every corner.

I loved the world the author created and found myself completely caught up in it. I couldn’t get enough of it.

All in all this was a fabulous start to this new series. It was a great way for older fans to dive back into this awesome world and catch up with favourite characters.
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1,805 reviews458 followers
February 13, 2021

Facts: The Iron Raven is book #1 of the Iron Fey: Evenfall series by Julie Kagawa. This book is a spin-off of the Iron Fey series. It is told from Puck’s point of view and ends with a resolved ending an intro to the next book. Genres: Fantasy Young Adult | Folklore adaptation

Julie Kagawa launches her new Fantasy YA series, Iron Fey: Evenfall with this tale of famous trickster and the beautiful fey assassin who has captured his attention.
“Fine. Sit down, get some popcorn, and I’ll tell you the sordid tale of how Robin Goodfellow grew a conscience. A long time ago,” I began in a grand voice, “in a galaxy far, far away… Wait, hold up. Wrong story. Lemme try that again.” ~ Puck

The Nevernever is once again under threat. A powerful creature who is seemingly invincible is saturating the faeries with negative emotions and turning them in the mean versions of themselves. It is up to Puck and his new acquaintance Nyx, to warn the rulers of the Iron Realm and find a way to defeat this monster.

But even before their journey begins, the initial confrontation with the creature has changed Puck. Slowly, character traits from the cruel and vengeful persona he thought long dead begin to surface along with horns and hooves, and soon the fear inspiring Robin Goodfellow is breaking through. Can they defeat this creature before it affects the rest of Nevernever is a similar way? And will killing it bring the happy jokester back?
“No one likes a horny Robin Goodfellow.” ~ Puck

The Iron Fey series, was one of those series I fell head over heels in love with when it first came out. I couldn’t get enough of it. I devoured every bit of it, and I couldn’t get enough of Ash and Megan like in “An Iron Fey Valentine,” and Puck was never far behind. I always wanted him to get his HEA. I appreciate this spin-off which is his long overdue story.

The Iron Raven pulses with action and brilliant world building that leaps off the pages. I could picture magnificent Lord of the Rings like scenes with the deftly written descriptions of creatures and landscapes. But mostly, I reveled in getting to know Puck from his point of view. Fans of the Iron Fey had known the happy go lucky jester, but not all of his past nor the deep down emotional wounds he’s suffered. I loved how well Miss Kagawa developed his character and can’t wait to get to read more.
“Not getting killed by beautiful assassins is something I aspire to every day.” ~ Puck

Of course, there are several other important characters like Nyx, a Forgotten moon elf and skilled assassin, bodyguard of Keirran, son of Ash and Megan, rulers of the Iron Realm. She’s smart, funny with her own sad backstory and perfect for Puck. And of course an Iron Fey story couldn’t be without the Iron Queen, Ice-boy and the infamous Grimalkin.

By the numbers quick review:
World building: 💌💌💌💌💌++
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤++
Plot: 📚📚📚📚📚
Romance: 💕💕💕
Rating: 5

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★ I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. ★

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April 7, 2020
Update 3.22.20: So I just went on the book’s page on the Harlequin website and found THIS LOVELY BLURB!!!!!

Wicked faeries and fantastic danger… Welcome to book one of the new trilogy in New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey fantasy series, as infamous prankster Puck finally has a chance to tell his story and stand with allies new and old to save Faery and the world. For fans of Holly Black and Cassandra Clare!


Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Prankster, joker, raven, fool… King Oberon’s right-hand jester from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The legends are many, but the truth will now be known as never before, as Puck finally tells his own story and faces a threat to the lands of Faery and the human world unlike any before.

With the Iron Queen Meghan Chase and her prince consort, Puck’s longtime rival Ash, and allies old and new by his side, Puck begins a fantastical and dangerous adventure not to be missed or forgotten. Filled with myths and faery lore, romance and unfathomable dangers, The Iron Raven is book one of a new epic fantasy trilogy set in the world of The Iron Fey.


11.26.19: Raven, that’s gotta be Puck!!! Is Puck finally getting a series????
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6,316 reviews215 followers
October 21, 2021
It has been a while since I've ran into Robin Goodfellow. So I was very excited to dive into The Iron Raven. Especially since it has been on my TBR for a year - exactly a year. After diving into this, I'll admit that things were okay. I liked seeing everyone from Julie's previous series but I was also really worried about Robin and the world.

The darkness throughout this definitely kept everyone on their toes - including me. I just kept hoping things were going to get better and that Robin would fight the evil that was lurking within him. It helped that the people who knew him the best could easily see that something was different about him.

I also really liked getting to meet Nyx in this. She definitely brought something different to the story and the world. I can't wait for their next adventure since Meghan's kid is now missing. I'm excited for the sequel but hate waiting at the same time.

So, in the end, I guess I'll just keep twiddling my thumbs until the next book lands in my lap.
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September 1, 2020
OMFG its Puck's story!!!! You don't even know how fucking excited I am!!! The Iron Fey stories were basically some of my favorite books when I was a teenager. I loved these characters and I loved Puck the most and I cannot tell you how happy I am that he's finally getting his HEA!!! *pterodactyl screaming*
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March 18, 2021
"I smile, because it's either that or get vindictive. And no one likes me when I'm vindictive."

In the original series, Puck was by far my favorite and I was so excited to hear his story. When I opened this book and started reading, I was thrilled. Young Robin Goodfellow. Nice, a story from the past. Awesome. And then... Then the story was told in the years after every other book Julie Kagawa wrote about this world and I practically started living for the flashbacks into the past. Those were amazing! But the actual story and what it did to Puck... And this book brought characters back into the fold that I had completely forgotten about because I didn't care in the previous books, so for me personally, this wasn't the book I was hoping for but this is what happens when you have high expectiations. Sometimes they're too high. I can still see that Julie Kagawa has once again written something truly amazing, I just wasn't in the right mindset for it. Plus, I felt like this was just one long prologue/introduction to what comes next, I don't know if that was just me...
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September 27, 2021
Kde začít? Iron Fey series byla úplně tou první, kterou jsem dočetla v angličtině, protože náš nakladatel vydal pouze dva první díly. Poutá mě k tomu obrovská dávka nostalgie a své doby bych pro sérii dýchala.

Nicméně vzít zápletku, kterou už jsem jednou, ne tak dávno, použila, sázet na nostalgii a čekat, že to bude fungovat? Nefungovalo, ani za mák. Nevím proč mají nejen YA autoři potřebu recyklovat vlastní texty a vracet se k něčemu, co už tu jednou bylo, a bylo to vlastně docela fajn.

Proč se neposunout dál? Ukázat něco jinýho, když na to ty základy mám?
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547 reviews32 followers
October 8, 2020
For fans of Julie’ Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, reading Iron Raven feels like returning home. She has honored the Iron Fey world and kicked it into high gear with an epic journey of friendship and loyalty foreshadowed by darker notes of jealousy and revenge.

In Iron Raven, Robin Goodfellow- affectionately known as Puck, is in the driver’s seat, and boy does he take us for a ride. As an avid fan of the series, I think I speak for all of us when I say- FINALLY !!! Puck has been a constant fan favorite with his sharp mind, outrageous antics, and the uncanny ability to always be in trouble or causing it !

“You know me. The impossible has a nasty habit of landing right in my lap. The same goes for any type of curse, disaster, bad luck or calamity. I’m a trouble magnet- one of the perks of being me.”

The root of his magic and the man himself has always intrigued me so it was insightful to get Puck’s perspective from the beginning of a lot of pivotal moments in his life; how King Oberon seduced him with the promise of power, the beginning of a friendship with a certain prince, and exactly how he got himself entangled in all the courts of Faerie.

Julie Kagawa masterfully handled Puck in Iron Raven by going after the one thing that’s greater than his magical ability- his EGO. The poetic justice was too sweet as Puck, the famous trickster of all realms, whose reputation always proceeds him, encounters a wickedly dangerous primordial who has never heard of him.

“She stared right back at me, unafraid of me, my name oy my reputation… my mouth went dry as this deadly confident beautiful assassin held my gaze without fear."

In the world of Fey, none can manipulate Glamour like Puck. Many know him for his legendary feats but few know how close each of those daredevil acts could have been his last. This new danger in “The Between” forces Puck to take a long hard look at the life he’s lived and forces him to face every deep dark emotion he’s long kept buried.

Readers get to be a voyager in the life of "Puck of old"- and experience his cold, unfeeling, and emotionless past. For this Puck, old feelings die hard, and we see true how the enmity of the Iron Fey lives strong even in the most neutral of places.

While it got pretty heavy, I knew without a doubt Puck would be there with his trademark humor and sarcasm. I also appreciated that we finally got to address the elephant in the room i.e. the love triangle. In my opinion, Puck is the bravest of them all to have loved, lost, and loved again.

“Ash had gone to the end of the world to be with Meghan. But I had gone to the End of the World for her too. Because I’d love her and I wanted her to be happy, even if it wasn’t with me."

Iron Raven picks off from the last novel so expect to see some fan-favorites such as Grimalkin, Ash, Meghan as they join forces to save the “Between” and the NeverNever from certain doom!

As much as I enjoyed the book and cannot wait for the sequel, there were certain aspects that were sore points for me. While I appreciate the importance of the overall story and it’s many intricate layers, the inclusion of copious amounts of supernatural from Gargoyle to Fae troll, Nature Folk, and Lightning horses was a LOTTT to keep up with.

I love Julie Kagawa and her style of writing but it did feel slightly monotonous as there were multiple scenes depicting, “Something dark had descended and turned normally peaceful creatures vengeful.” Then at about 80% of the book, they encounter a mysterious dark and make a decision to investigate it ( I honestly thought that’s what they were doing for the entire book before ????? )

My last pain point was the character of Nyx and her compatibility with Puck. When a character as grand and epic as Puck finds his lady love, after all his trials and tribulations and heartache, it needs to be dynamite!!!!!!!! She needs to be freaking legendary and for me personally, I found their interactions needed more strength and passion. While I have my concerns on whether she can live up to the legend of Puck, I look forward to seeing how their relationship progresses.

Despite these minor details, Iron Raven did Puck proud and I am so happy to see some self-growth on his behalf. As an immortal, it may be impossible to forget but that’s where the beauty of forgiveness comes in.

I know this doesn’t need to be said but in true Julie Kagawa fashion, we end with the MOTHER of all cliffhangers. I would definitely recommend Iron Raven and are keen to see how the groundwork for the inevitable “Evenfall” progress in future novels.

A huge thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an arc of Iron Raven, all views and opinions expressed above are my own.
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860 reviews394 followers
February 9, 2021
"I felt a tiny prick of gleeful satisfaction. There was so much I hadn't done in many, many years; maybe it was time to remind everyone, Iron Fey included, why Robin Goodfellow was a faery you did not want to cross."

Julie Kagawa has done it AGAIN.


I am so giddy, because The Iron Raven was just perfection. We get to go back to the world of the Iron Fey, meet up with all of our favorite characters, explore some old hurts, meet new interesting characters, and FURTHER explore this magical world.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for not sucking exceeding expectations.

🗡️ PUCK was SO much fun to read about! I love that he becomes more than just the jester, or Meghan's best friend/romance rival to Ash. There is still resentment that Puck has to deal with, but that only makes him human and I appreciated that we get to see him work through his emotions and get to the bottom of them. Puck's descent into wickedness allows Julie Kagawa to explore not only the good side of Puck, but the way he used to be the feared Robin Goodfellow.

The Iron Raven also works to flesh out the world of the Fey, and showcases Puck's past. There are stories set in the past that speak to Puck's evolution from Robin Goodfellow to Puck, and I enjoyed every single one of them. Specially, the one about when Puck met Ash. I am a total Ash fan, but even I can admit this is the story in which Puck shines leaving Ash in the background (as it should be) while still bringing back the old scooby gang. We get to tour the Iron Realm as it stands today (lots of bug contraptions), and even re-visit some old haunts. I love the descriptions of the different Fey and how distinct they are--I like to picture the forgotten as the Heartless from KH, and the Iron Fey (while being superior in every way) still manage to be kind/weird/quirky in true Meghan fashion.

Yeah that's right, we get to hang out with Meghan again! We also see Ash, Kierran (briefly--he is much less ROMEO in this one and much more badass), and Grimalkin. I also loved the new characters! Nyx, a forgotten who used to protect The Lady, awoken from her slumber, an assassin with a tragic past, and Coaleater, a descendant from Iron Horse who serves to be the tank of the group.

All in all Julie Kagawa managed to create an RPG team out of the group: Puck (the bard), Meghan (the dark mage), Ash (the swordsman), Nix (the assassin), Coaleater (the tank), and Grim... the know it all? He doesn't fight so he really doesn't count.

The new baddie is interesting and brings new life unto the world. The characters are a joy to return to, the world is further expanded and fun to explore, Puck is both his worst self and his best self and I enjoyed getting to read about both sides of him. I think we got a winner and I can't wait for the sequel!

PS; I find it funny this story can still be classified as YA--no explicit scenes-but all the characters are like eternal Fae that got stuck as teenagers somehow. Golden.
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202 reviews76.8k followers
July 30, 2021
i was lucky to review an ARC for this book from ink yard press and i really enjoyed it. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.
The Iron Raven series is the first book in the spinoff series to the Iron King series. you don’t have to read one to understand the other but I encourage it. This takes place in the point of view of Robin Goodfellow- basically the famous prankster in all the the realms. He journeys with new found friends and old to track down a monster that’s been wreaking havoc in the world of the fey. characters from the iron King series do show up in this book. Reading this from Robin’s point of view was very interesting. He’s funny, brave, and relatable. i think my favorite part of this book were the characters. We get introduced to a new character Nyx, killer badass assassin. Robin and Nyx’s flirtatious banter was enjoyable. Overall great start to the new spin off series. I’ll admit some parts were slow and there could’ve been more world building. This was very fun to read! Can’t wait for book 2!
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664 reviews24 followers
January 28, 2021
The nostalgia was strong with this one. As I'm sure many readers will be able to relate to, I read the og Iron Fey books yearrrssss ago and I loved them.

I was pretty excited for Puck finally getting his time in the spotlight but I had yet to read the trilogy between the two with Ethan and Keirran so I quickly tried to fit those in before starting this one. I'm glad I did as it filled in many gaps. Kagawa does a fine job breifly recapping so you won't be lost if you haven't read them but the experience is always going to be much fuller if you do. I did find with Ethan's books as well as this one, I may have outgrown these novels.

While they are still good to me and have that same general feel to them that I remember from the original books, I'm not the same reader I suppose. I think it's such a fine line to walk when trying to recreate nostalgic magic with your original readers and alao stay within the same age group perimeters of the original story, it's now attempting to pander to two very different audiences and it can be really tough to do. I think I came in hoping for Cobra Kai.

I wanted the same cheesy young nostalgia from the original but with some juicy adult humor/story thrown in too and while it definitely delivered on the nostalgia end, the other end was missing and I felt that lost piece. I wanted a bit of the story or characters to have grown with me too. And while many years have passed in the story I just didn't feel like anything much had matured along with the passing of time and that was a let down to me.

Ultimately it made it slower going for me to get through because I wasn't as excited to keep picking it up. I'm a total mood reader though and I've been juggling this one with non-fiction political science books so that heavy contrast and my mood could definitely play a part in my feelings towards it currently as well. Things didn't really pick up for me until the last 30% or so. Once Puck met up with Meghan and Ash I found I enjoyed it more. I love Puck though so it was kinda disappointing that it took the trio to make me actually invest in the story.

Some of the things I did enjoy:

• More backstory from Puck.
• Meghan and Ash scenes.
• Being back in the NeverNever
• The final battle when Puck brought his special brand of fun and levity which was sorely lacking throughout most of the book (but at least it was for a good reason).

Things I found lacking:

• Story/character maturity.
• Chemistry between Puck and Nyx.
• Puck's ability to be a compelling MC on his own *at least in regards to this novel*.

All in all I suppose I am curious to know what happens next but I'm not quite sure yet if it is enough to actually pick up the next book or not. I might end up waiting to see how others feel after reading the next one before I make that decision.

I would definitely recommend this one to young readers, it is still a good story, but for people like me that mostly aged out of middle grade/teen type books I wouldn't go in expecting any more than just that or you will likely be disappointed.

I received an arc of this book from Inkyard Press via Netgalley and this is my honest review.
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1,729 reviews296 followers
August 25, 2021
Immediate thoughts when finishing the book: Why Julie?? Why do you always do this to me??


Welcome to Puck's world. And can I say finally? Puck has been a constant force in the Iron Fey series, but always as a side character. During this time you can see that there is so much to this character, but Kagawa only ever gave us the bare minimum. Well not anymore. Puck finally get his own series and I couldn't be happier.

This series takes place after the Call of the Forgotten series so I do recommend reading the main series + the first spinoff to get a basis of what's going on. As per usual, there's a new threat in the Nevernever that requires our gang to get back together and trek through the unknown to save the day. A lot of faves are back here and I just reveled in it. But we also got to know some new characters and I enjoyed the expansion of the world.

What's interesting about this new monster is what he brings out in everyone. Wherever this monster goes, aggression and anger follow. Once normally calm fey are now starting fights. It's even affecting our own Puck. I'll be honest, it was really hard to be in his head for most of this book because there was just so much anger and hostility. We all know what happened between him and Ash - and even him and Meghan - but here we get to really delve into how Puck felt about it and how it's still affecting him. He's always one with a smile but no one ever knows what's going on inside. And let me tell you, there's a lot going on inside.

It was really hard to read his internal struggle with emotions. Especially in the scenes with Ash and Meghan. My heart just hurts for all the pain this trio has gone through. But can we talk about that cliffhanger ending? I don't know why Julie dislikes us so. It's just mean.
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301 reviews2 followers
March 1, 2021
Updated February 18, 2021:
The Iron Raven
The Iron Raven is amazing, fun, and exciting. Legendary Robin Goodfellow aka Puck, King Oberon’s righthand jester has many legends only now gets to tell his story as he faces a new threat from a time before Faery began, himself. With the help of the Iron Queen and her prince consort and allies both old and new by his side, Puck begins a thrilling but also dangerous adventure. Evenfall is coming and with it a judgement that not even their combined powers or wit can vanquish as a shadow falls over Faery and the world slowly slips into chaos. The Iron Raven is filled with action, adventure, danger and a bit of romance.

Robin Goodfellow/Puck enjoys life especially pulling a prank or two wherever he is at in the Nevernever or in the Human World. When Keirann, King of the Forgotten asks him for help when the Forgotten begin to act strangely thanks to a new fey that changes other faerie’s emotions. To warn the courts against this new threat, Puck and Nyx travel to meet with Meghan, the Iron Queen. To find out what is causing the change in both Puck and other Fey, Puck, Nyx, Meghan and Ash travel with the guidance of Grim.

During their journey, Puck’s transformation has taken a toll on his mind, reverting back to a dark side of himself that could put others in danger. The group encounters yet another prophecy involving their new enemy and just want this new threat could mean for everyone and the Nevernever. Puck’s inner struggle due to his transformation is also torn between his growing emotions for Nyx. As the group continues to find and learn more about their new enemy, what they discover is far worse than they expect.

There is so much about this book I love that I don’t know where to begin. First off, we get to learn about Puck’s past of before he became Oberon’s jester and the life before he met Ash and Meghan, the good and the bad. We get to see his inner struggles, emotions and his past which is more than what I expected to learn and his relationships with Ash and Meghan. It was also so great to see one of my favorite trios back together. One more thing that really popped out was his growing relationship with Nyx. *squeal* I have high hopes for this.

Overall, The Iron Raven was incredible. I am jumping in excitement. The Iron Fey series is one of my favorites and love that we get more books, more of my favorite characters and more of this world. Puck has always been one of my favorite characters of the Iron Fey series next to Grim and now he gets his own series. The ending left me excited and eager for the next book.

Updated June 22, 2020:
It has a cover!

I want it!

Updated October 14, 2019
A another Iron Fey book? Happy!

Give Me! Give Me!
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720 reviews345 followers
February 25, 2021
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Ellie King

The Iron Raven is the first book in a new spin-off of The Iron Fey series by New York Times bestselling author, Julie Kagawa and for fans of The Iron Fey series, this has been long sought after. I had the pleasure of meeting Kagawa in Melbourne in 2019 and she let slip that there was going to be another book based in the Iron Fey world. The excitement in the room was palpable, but when she further elaborated to say this book would be starring the one and only Puck, it exploded. Since then I have been impatiently waiting for it to arrive!

For readers new to the story, Puck is King Oberon’s jester (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream), a powerful prankster and joker. He is featured throughout pop culture and Kagawa has incorporated it all and gave him further life in The Iron Fey series. In the Faery lands, there are many legends of Puck, some are myth and some are true, but The Iron Raven is the beginning of setting the record straight. On top of finding out more about our favourite joker, a dangerous new threat is taking hold and will require Puck to team up with old friends and new to save not only the Faery lands, but the human world.

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623 reviews32 followers
February 11, 2021
DNF at 25%

Everyone in their reviews is talking about nostalgia. About old fond memories of a series we all grew up with as YA readers. But I'm just over here staring at complete incredulity on how such an annoying, childish book got published, ESPECIALLY with a main protag like Puck.

Now I get it. HE'S PUCK. ROBIN GOODFELLOW. HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE DUMB AND WILD AND CRAZY. But Quippy McQuipperson is quipping and smirking more than any Marvel Movie protag has and I can't take it anymore!!!

Julie Kagawa either fucking kills it and manages to take you on an amazing fantastical journey (Blood of Eden, Shadow of the Fox) or just is so immature and elementary in her writing (Talon and from what I'm vaguely remembering the Iron Fey, we were just all young and it was 2010 anyways, what were standards!?) I just do not get how she goes from being an absolute queen to this trash. The steampunk is so cringey. The descriptions of the fae feel half assed or too try hard. like REALLY? so help me god.
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570 reviews87 followers
Want to read
September 11, 2020
So... (looks at the date) 2021, eh?

Update 11.09.2020:


I read the original trilogy when I was 12-ish in 2011!!! I LOVED ASH SO MUCH!!!!!!
So, now I will be reading The Iron Fey again because nostalgia is a bitch. Also, I never read Ethan's books (IT'S AMAZING THAT I REMEMBER THE NAMES, YOU GUYS!) and maybe I will give it a try, but as a rule, I hate spin-offs.

2012 is making its comeback, I'm excited.
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Author 1 book33 followers
February 8, 2022
I can admit that this series is a guilty pleasure of mines.

When I read the first book, I fell in love with all of the characters especially Puck, so I was looking forward to reading his story.

Julie Kagawa paints a beautiful world in the land of Fey and the continuing story arc makes a wonderful story.

I am really looking forward to seeing Puck and Nix's relationship blossom and I really do hope that when Puck's story is done, that Kierran will get his happily ever after.
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