Firstly, who knew Harlequin, the tepid romance publisher I’ve all but scorned my entire life, had a teen line? (I do like that they call it their teen line, rather than young adult. The whole YA genre confuses me; legally, you’re an adult at either 18 or 21, but I do believe the target audience for most YA fiction is younger than that…)
Anyway, I was sucked in hard and fast. Maybe it was because it St. Paddy’s Day Eve and all things Irish and enchanted were very near the surface of our own world, or maybe it’s because I’ve always been a little fascinated by the many takes on fairies, Faeries, etc. Anyway… I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed a series more.
There are four books and two novellas in the series. I didn’t find out about the e-book novellas until I was downloading book 4, so I’d recommend that you read them in this order:
That’s also the order listed on the Iron Fey website. How ’bout that?! I’m finishing up Summer’s Passage tonight, but I already have finished the last book of the series, so I feel comfortable giving a series review anyway.
I don’t know how to do a review at all without spoilers. While I clearly adore the series, I will say that the whole love-triangle thing is over-done in fiction, period. Setting that bit of trite annoyance aside, I enjoyed every single word, every single character.
It is a great “girl power” series. The main character – well, in the first three novels – is a teenage girl whom I found myself cheering for almost immediately. Then, there are the Fey – er, Faerie, Fairy? – Queens who aren’t exactly endearing, but there’s no denying their power, in every sense of the word. In fact, I can’t think of a single female character who is anything other than strong… except for a few human teens we see for just a few pages.
Gretchen has asked that I note that the cat in the series is far too superior – to Fey, humans, witches, the Wolf… everyone – but since she doesn’t know any cats personally, I’ll simply leave that … at that. There are horses and hounds in the cast of characters too, and I do adore that the author made all the animal characters based on “domesticated” creatures believable. She also used … wild, magical creatures that will be familiar to most fantasy readers, and each of them fit well within what I would call accepted norms for what we all expect of say… dragons for example.
One of my favorite themes in literature was played out time and time again… choices. The last book even features some great discussion questions about humanity, based on the series’ look at the three different realms of Fey and how their biases impact the world… because Nevernever and our own mortal world are linked quite closely, you see…
That’s a lot of rambling. I should add that I read all the books on my trusty Nook. Next up is the Hunger Games, although I think I might start something else light and quick while I wait to borrow that series electronically…
Do you enjoy fantasy? Teen lit?
Is there any room for the unexplained in your life? Or… do you believe in magic, faeries, or … not?