A stunningly brilliant conclusion to this tale of the Fae Courts

48911107._SY475_The Iron Crown by M.A. Grant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Urm. I’m lost for words, which is an unusual place for me to be in given how much I can talk (and write).

But this book stunned me into almost silence, I say almost because you all know I won’t be quiet for long.

So, how to review The Iron Crown? Firstly, it’s fantasy at its best, drawing on all the ancient skills of storytelling to weave a tale which pulls the reader along.

It begins with Lugh, youngest son of the Unseelie Court, leader of The Wild Hunt and semi-self exiled Winter Court Prince.

At his side is Keiran, the Viking child he rescued from almost death at the hands of the ‘Light Ones’ the Seelie Fae of the Summer Court. Now grown and protecting him with the power of the berserker.

It’s complex, full of threads which wind themselves around to create a twisted narrative that takes some of the lesser-known folklore and legends of the British Isles (geographical land mass not political country 😉 ) and morphs them into an adventurous tale anchored on the love of two men.

There were losses on the way, and I felt them keenly, raged against the treachery and destruction, I hurt for the lost souls, betrayed by false hope.

At its heart, this is a fantasy tale. The relationship is the core, but it’s not a romance in the typical sense, so don’t expect loads of snogging and on page sex or you’ll be disappointed.

I wasn’t disappointed myself because I am such a folklore and mythology nerd and because the love between Lugh and Keiran bounces off the page in bucket loads.

The twists and new interpretations M.A. Grant brings to the legends of the Fae, the incorporation of Norse ideas and sagas into the mix, crafts an almost Odyssey-like adventure full of secrets and surprises.

The final dramatic moments had me gasping, literally, when I saw where things were going. A triumph of clues laid down way earlier in the previous books and a truly clever conclusion to the series.

That’s as much as you’ll get from me about the plot itself, it runs parallel to the later events of books one and two and absolutely must be read in order.

On my favourites shelf along with its siblings and all hail The Darkest Court.

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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