Iron's Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5)
By Julie Kagawa
Published: September 1, 2012
eBook, 69 pages
But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts' gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan's past returns with a dire prophecy: "What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them."
Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash's unborn child….
A novella from Julie Kagawa's bestselling Iron Fey series. --Goodreads
This novella is such a must-read for Iron Fey lovers! Everyone needs to read this. Seriously, when I read The Lost Prince, the first book in the spin-off series, Call of the Forgotten, at many points, I was lost in this other dimension (figuratively and literally). Iron's Prophecy provides the necessary explanations to smoothly transition from The Iron Knight to The Lost Prince because there's such a large time gap between the two series. Although this novella wasn't the best of the three novellas released for the Iron Fey, it is probably the most vital to the series in terms of plot.
If you compare Iron's Prophecy to any of the other Iron Fey works, it doesn't really stand out. The plot is typical: Meghan and Ash are in trouble, they quest and meet Puck and Grimalkin along the way. In a way, this was a let down. After reading an entire series that follows the same basic plot line, I was hoping for something to spice up the series, like Summer's Crossing did earlier. Unfortunately that was not to be. Despite this fact, the plot was still an exciting, fast-paced one that was strong all-around.
The novella is told from entirely Meghan's point of view, which allows us to better see the tensions that the fey are facing due to the conflicting courts. None of the books have ever described the political intrigue as well as the Iron's Prophecy's brief introduction did. This is just an intro to what is to come in Call of the Forgotten, which involves Ethan, Meghan's brother, and Keirran, Meghan and Ash's son. Repeatedly, I have stated and continuously I will say that this novella is the perfect bridge between this two somewhat radically different series. Their plots and characters may have some similarity; otherwise, the tones and world-building is a new sophistication. The style manages to be a mesh of the simplistic Meghan and the rough-edged Ethan's narration, which I found somewhat odd, but was able to quickly look beyond.
I really enjoyed reading Iron's Prophecy in comparison to many other novellas out there. Julie Kagawa is gifted at expanding the world of Fey without any awkward or overcomplicating the new material she has imagined. It is understandable that a reader wouldn't read this novella without reading the other books in the series, or let alone start this series because of a measly 70 page novella, but seriously. This series is totally worth every minute, and this novella just adds to this series of near perfection!