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Posted June 18, 2013
The Iron Locket is a dark fantasy tale that mixes old legends with modern twists. Aiofe is a fierce and determined character that mixes stubborn with snarky and makes it work. Arthur is definitely not what you would imagine from the legends of Camelot, he is just has stubborn and hardheaded as Aiofe and although he has some knightly chivalry, he soon learns that he is not in Camelot anymore. The chemistry between Aiofe and Arthur is intense. The author makes you feel like you are right there beside our two heroes, fighting, loving and fighting some more! Journey into a world full of magic, fantastical creatures, good vs evil, and love that will conquer all!
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 26, 2013
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 hunters, bestowing upon the lineage of the first hunter gifts passed down through the generations. Aiofe Callaghan has faced tragic loss and is determined to prove herself as a hunter worthy of those gifts. And that time is now.
The Iron Locket is told through the points of view of several characters in parts, each one advancing their storyline until they all meet upon an epic battlefield. While this initially had me questioning how everything was going to come together, I told myself to be patient and was quickly rewarded by being drawn into the story so thoroughly I didn't want to put it down. The building of both the faery and mortal worlds is very vivid and the battle depictions are intense.
I enjoyed the interactions between Arthur and his knights and seeing them adjust to life in an unfamiliar world. Aiofe is a strong, yet sometimes rash, young woman with a deep love for her family and determination to succeed. There's some of insta-love when the two meet, but throughout the book it talks about generations of hunters knowing their partners at first sight so it fit. The villains of the story are quite intriguing as well. There's more to Kane than just the quest for power that we originally see, but Leanansidhe is rotten to her core and she will stop at nothing to rule.
The epilogue promises quite a surprise for the next book and I'm looking forward to find out what's going to happen. If you're a fan a stories involving the fae, King Arthur or epic journeys then The Iron Locket needs to be on your must read list.
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Posted May 17, 2013
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 overtake the realm and destroy anyone and everyone who attempts to stop her. Lea has plans to take over the human world as well, which is how Aiofe, a fairy hunter, enters the story.
This is the first book in a series, so I liked the world-building and how the author set up the characters. She did a good job of introducing everyone and showing the relationships and interactions between them. The story kept me interested and wondering what would happen next.
There are a LOT of characters in this novel and I had trouble at times keeping track of who was whom. I had trouble connecting with most of the characters and felt more back story could have helped me to truly understand and care about them. Most of them seemed one-dimensional.
Overall, a good read. 3 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.
Posted May 15, 2013
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 sure there was more story to go!) Oh well, I guess I will have to wait until the next book in this series!
I was quickly drawn into the story and wanted to know what would happen next. I actually wanted to know everything -- and Samantha Warren did a good job of filling in the different backstories and fleshing out and describing the characters. While there is a lot of battles (and wonderful descriptions of them) there is also some great romance and personal stories included in the book as well. I recommend this book and will be awaiting it's sequel too!
I received an ARC of The Iron Locket from the author, in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 8, 2013
Very Good Book!!!
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 Aiofe and her history. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Posted April 25, 2013
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.
So I'm kind of ashamed to admit, when I first met Kane I completely was hoping for a Kane + Aiofe shippage. But, alas if you read the book you will laugh at me big time for that. However that being said, I really loved Kane's character. He was actually my favorite. His blonde hair and bright blue eyes, plus he has the whole brooding betrayer bad boy going for him. Really loved his character and hope to see more of him in the future.
Aiofe was only part of the lead characters. The other being Arthur and we meet Arthur first. This is the part that wasn't clicking for me. I'm not sure if it was that I never really got into historical things (like the knights of the round table) or if it was just the story hadn't picked up enough pace for me yet. Also for some reason I kept picture Arthur as some old, scruffy king... not sure why. That being said, when we meet Aiofe everything started to quickly pick up for me. Aiofe is beautiful and strong. I love her strength and her fight. With the romance, there was definitely an instant spark with Arthur and Aiofe and I do like them together. However, I felt there was no build up or development in their relationship. It all seemed very rushed, yet I did like the sexy chemistry of them.
Moving on, the writing in the story is done very well and I commend Samantha for weaving the two worlds together so well. Plus her idea of raising knights from the dead was super creative, I really liked it. I will admit though, as I said when I talked about Arthur, I had a hard time getting into this one. For some reason the beginning I guess wasn't what I expected? It took me about half way through the book to really get into it and want to keep flipping the pages. Now remember, that is just my opinion... Everyone's is different! That being said the last about 30% of the book was absolutely awesome. Lots of action, secrets, sacrifices and the epilogue was a killer! It definitely made me want the second book ASAP! Because, with an ending like that all that pops in my head is "heartbreak"!
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