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The Iron Crown

(Dragon Spirits #1)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Fenn’s first and only memory is finding himself in the middle of a forest, face to face with a dragon spirit mocking him, all knowledge gone apart from his own name.

Lost and confused, his only hope for answers is Calidra—a woman living on the edge of the world with her partner. Forced to return home when her father dies, Calidra has put off facing her estranged mother for
Kindle Edition, 568 pages
Published May 28th 2021
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Apr 03, 2021 marked it as to-read
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Thank you to the author, L. L. MacRae for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review


Vengeful spirits and powerful magic?

SIGN ME UP, this sounds amazing and apparently I’m getting an ARC, so excited!
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I was lucky enough to read an advanced review copy of The Iron Crown, but I already bought the ebook because The Iron Crown is just THAT good. And of course, my review is honest.

The Iron Crown is the first book in a new epic fantasy series where the world, Tassar, is inhabited by powerful Dragon spirits. Some are mischievous, some are more powerful than others, some are not what I would call pleasant, others are benevolent. They can both bless and curse the humans in their domains.

The ancient ev
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
*I was sent this for free by the author in exchange for an honest review*

This is an epic fantasy series opener to what promises to be an intriguing world. The world is dominated by spirits, they are Dragon spirits and they rule over areas and materials such as lakes, seas, islands, iron and more. These spirits are powerful and they occasionally bless or curse the humans of the world. We follow various key spirits through their priests and priestesses, and also various humans who get mixed up in
Traveling Cloak
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it

The Iron Crown is the first installment in L.L. MacRae’s new Dragon Spirits Trilogy. It is dubbed as an epic adventure fantasy, a categorization with which I wholeheartedly agree.

I have been reading a lot of what I call “adventure fantasy” lately, which is not by design but by happenstance. I do not mind, though, as I have said that adventure fantasy is my favorite. I love a whimsical storyline and characters experiencing different topographical and peoples. Stop me if you have heard this before
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ever since reading L. L. MacRae's novella, The Citrine Key, The Iron Crown has been on my must-read list. So, when I received a message from L.L. MacRae asking if I would like to receive an advanced reading copy of this book to review, I could not move my thumbs fast enough to type the reply that I most definitely would.

Upon starting the book, I knew I was drawn in, right from the very first page and as I got further into the story, I did not want to leave it alone for a minute and would find m
Cassidee Lanstra
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 8.5/10


First off, I want to thank L.L. MacRae for the review copy of The Iron Crown. Full disclosure, this is one of the books that was allotted to FanFiAddict for our part in judging SPFBO, but I signed up to review this before we announced that we were judging and before the books were sorted. I talked with David (aka the man behind FanFiAddict) and we decided it would be best for me to get my review out before the actual process starts, which is… June 1st. Just barely mee
Anita Reads
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-2021
[4.5 stars]
I received an ARC by the author, here's my honest review.

This book is set in a world with all these dragon spirits. The Dragon Spirits rule over forest, lakes, seas and also materials such as iron, etc. They can bless people and gain them some power.
In this book we follow multiple POVs one of them is Fenn who has no memory of who he is, and it seems there are a lot like him who has recently lost their memories, and no one really knows what happened.
At the same time there is a type of
Laura W
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be a beta reader so read an early version. All I can say is wow!

This book ticks so many boxes... Dragons... Mystery... Evil spirits... Magic... Battles, you name it it's covered! The world building is rich and detailed, and the characters are nuanced.

I'm not usually a fan of multiple POV, there's usually one character I end up skipping their chapters, however I found myself drawn to all the characters in The Iron Crown. They all had a unique story to tell, and each contrib
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Absolutely wonderful! What a brilliant book this is, I have enjoyed reading this so much from the beginning to the end. A brilliant character driven novel with an interesting plot, brilliant magic system and oh so well developed world await you here! Check out my full review which will be on the blog soon.
Victoria Roe (Reading Addict)
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you for the opportunity to read this book prior to its release for an honest and independent review.
My review will take the form of C. A. W. P. I. L. E.
(Originally created by YouTube content creator G on her channel Book Roast)

Characters - my favourite character in this story, so far has got to be Fenn. The journey he embarks on from the very first page of the book immediately demands your attention, as the story progresses and develo
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
***Read as a Beta Reader**

The Iron Crown is a fantastic Epic fantasy, and truly marvellous start to a series, and I was lucky enough to read as a Beta Reader!

Fenn awakes in a strange place with no memory of how he got there, where there is, who he is, and to make things even worse there is a DRAGON watching him with as much interest in helping as a cat does a trapped mouse. Fenn has no memory of his life before waking in a strange swamp; slowly sinking into a muddy pit.

Calidra couldn't be less e
Here Be Dragons
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to the author for generously providing me with an eARC copy of this book. All opinions are my own!

I am a simple reader: give me magic, mystery, vengeful spirits, throw in some dragons and I will obsess over a story for days. And The Iron Crown not only delivers all of these things, but it does so with incredible style.

From the first page, we are thrown into the world of Tassar, a place inhabited by spirits - Dragons - who rule over the lands, forests, and seas, and who may bles
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Iron Crown is the first book in L.L. MacRae’s Dragon Spirits series, and it is a gripping start to the series. With plenty packed into the story, I could not get enough of all that was in play and all the promises of what is to come in the rest of the series. It left me eager for more – and I now need to go and read the prequel, The Citrine Key, to find out more about the world.

The Iron Crown is a checklist of what makes for great fantasy reading, without being a checklist. It is a book pack
Lauren Stoolfire
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Iron Crown (Dragon Spirits #1) by L.L. MacRae was such a pleasant surprise. I'm so glad I took a chance on this epic fantasy series opener. It really pulled me right in right from the very beginning and kept me fully invested for over 500 pages. It's definitely ranked up there as one of my favorites of 2021. The cast of characters were great to get to know and quite well drawn, but my favorite part of this novel was the world
R.L. Davennor
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It's been a really long time since I've become immersed in such a rich a detailed fantasy world. The Iron Crown has a ton to love: dragon spirits and the priests who worship them, talking and intelligent griffins, curses, ancient and powerful weapons and artifacts, and so much more. It also features a diverse and entertaining ensemble cast who really give an sweeping adventure/quest type feel to this tale.

There are four different POVs:

Fenn is the closest we have to a 'main' character, afflicted
Alison (theemptybookshelves)
An amazing book about dragons, spirits, adventures ~ The Iron Crown

Fenn: 'please! If you won't kill me, help me!'

The story begins with Fenn finding himself in the domain of a forest that belongs to a spirit Salth Ash. He basically cannot remember anything and gets help from two girls Calidra and Jisyel. The three of them then go on a journey full of adventures and discovery. Ohh no, i can't tell more than that, It is for you to find out 'more' !!

This was honestly the best way to put a review w
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, own-ebook
The Iron Crown is spectacular epic fantasy! I enjoyed basically everything about this book, except for the fact it ended and now I have to wait to find out what will happen. It’s excellently written and I really like the writing style. It’s easy to read but not simplistic. The author does a fantastic job of world building through the story so the world feels real, but there are no tedious info dumps to slow the story down. I also loved all the characters. This story is told from multiple POVs bu ...more
Psalm Domingo
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-origin, fantasy
The Iron Crown has set up a world that has a lot left to explore. It was well developed and have quite a few characters with interesting stories to tell.

This book did have quite a number of 'main' characters but it worked well that I want to read more of them, even Torsten. I'm not usually a fan of multiple POVs, but it was necessary to tell the story in this one. However, there were times when it felt like there wasn't much going on in the story, but once it picked up, I found myself glued to i
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
(Early copy received for review from the author. Released 28th May)
Rowena Andrews
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
There are Dragons.
That’s it, that’s the review…

No, I’m only kidding, although to be fair that could be the review because I have a major weakness for anything to do with Dragons – they were my gateway to fantasy, and it’s a love that has never faded and I love what L.L. MacRae has done with them here. Integral to the magic system, the Dragon Spirits felt a lot more Eastern in the way they were depicted, as guardian spirits that could bless or curse, connected to certain places or elemen
May 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Note: I received an digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for a voluntarily and honest review.
Original review on my blog Boekensteeg
The Iron Crown is the first part in the Dragon Spirits trilogy by L.L. MacRae. I was very curious about this book because of the cover, but how will I experience the story?

When Fenn wakes up in an unknown world, his only memory is his name. He has no idea where he is, how he got there and why there is a dragon near him. When found by Jiysel, he is r
Books And  Chocaholic
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*This book was kindly sent to me for review by the author. That in no way affects my opinion.

I didn't know I would love this book as much as I did. It was fast paced, well written, action-packed and it's intrigue was through the roof. It took me a little while to warm to the characters so I relied on intrigue for the first part of the story. At around the 25% mark a shift made me notice that without my realising I had begun to care about and root for the characters and that slow development cert
Sebastian Tellechea
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a wild ride reading The Iron Crown. This new epic fantasy book make me come back to this genre to have a wonderful time while reading.
(Spoiler free)

The story it’s driven through it’s fantastic cast of characters who we see rise and crumble, cry and laugh, love and hate.

The world is full of mysteries , powerful creatures and unknown dangers creeping in the shadows.

This combination made me hungry for more knowledge to understand the background of the not only the main characters but al
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