M’s drunk review of The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa
What I drank prior: Stared with margs at our fave taco place, the moved onto this awesome Dessert wine I discovered at the Total Wine & More (my #1 store in VA).
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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.
My Summary: A new darkness is growing in the in-between of human and faery world, and no one quite knows how to stop it. New Forgotten Realm king taps The most infamous of faeries to help him tackle this new, seemingly unstoppable menace before it destroys everything that is good and brings out the worst in our faery friends.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I totally get why people are committed to this world/larger series. But I could not recommend starting with this particular set of the series, but it is a pretty awesome, well built world and I totally get the hype. Just need to start at the beginning.
Characters: Pur main character is Robin ?99,@:;@@92 … Oof that was a lot of typos. Anyways, main character is a reformed Robin Goodfellow, and yes, it is the one from Shakespeare lore. He is the right hand man (jester) to King Oberon and his (half fairy) daughter, Megan, now queen of the Iron Fay. He is hella reformed from his messing-with-humans-and-everyone days, but just barely. And he uses A LOT of current slang. Like, a lot. He is paired with the lead Forgotten knight, whose name is totally eluding me right now, but I did love her. Ice King Ash and Iron Queen Meghan are also in this and apparently are a very big deal to fans of the series. Again, my b here.
Plot: TBH the plot is almost 75+% Puck being a total dick and making jokes about being horny. Ok not really, but promising that you need to like characters like Puck (ex: Wayne from Wax and Wayne; other characters Sam loves) to like this book. It also moves pretty fast—one moment they’re hunting down perceived villain, the next they find, and then we’re onto the next. In part, it’s because time works different in Faeryland, I think. And a lot of VERY convenient things also happen. Also, some very long, not terribly interesting, flashbacks.
World Building: Not having read the other two trilogies, I feel like I can’t say too much here. But it is a solidly built up world and this seems like a good build-on to what has already been set up. The world is pretty cool/interesting, especially the part about children being able to see the fey.
Writing Style: First-person from the perspective of (IMO fairly annoying) Puck.
Drink Pairing: French 75. Just the right amount of bubbly and maybe a little annoying. But also, if you like sparkling, totally a fun romp.
Rating: 3/5 shots (generous, but fans of the world would rank more highly)