THE IRON SWORD By Jocelyn A. Fox [Review]
One of the most exciting things to crop up in recent years is “Urban Fantasy”. I will grant that everything from vampire and paranormal romance to supernatural detective agencies end up lumped into the genre, but still, it offers a lot for the adventurous reader. One of my favorite sub-genres of urban fantasy is the cross of epic fantasy with the modern world and vice versa. That’s where THE IRON SWORD by Jocelyn A. Fox falls, and from page one the story draws the reader into a full and believable mixture of “our” world and another.
Tess O’Connor is expecting a relaxing break from college when she heads to her best friend’s for Thanksgiving break, but she is in for more than she even dreamed possible. Her friend, Molly, has a secret, one she’s kept from everyone—even Tess. It’s that secret that will draw Tess into an adventure that could very well cost her everything. Molly is special, and she has a special place in a existence not of this world. When she is called to her place by the Sidhe, Tess is caught in the crossfire and finds herself in the world of the Fae. And that’s the literal world, Tess had been pulled from the world she has always known across the veil and into the land of the Fae and the Unseelie Court. Here she must find herself, her own strength and her own way in a world completely foreign to her.
Fox has created an amazing world with The Iron Sword. I was caught in the story from the very beginning as things begin to slowly unfold I found I just couldn’t put the book down. The world of the Fae and the Unseelie Court are so well created that I was there, along with Tess, slowly discovering what was going wrong, and what that meant. Her characters are believable and once or twice I found myself talking to Fox (via the pages of the book), threatening her with dire harm should she kill off a favorite character.
The Iron Sword is a wonderful book, it offers us all a dream of something a little more. That sneaking suspicion that we could be the one to save—or destroy—a world, and that other worlds are out there, lurking just out of sight and if we look hard enough they will be there for us to see. I will be anxiously awaiting book two, I have a few Hershey’s kisses here as bribes, should any Glows wish to stop by with spoilers. If not I will just wait, impatiently, for more from this wonderful world.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Three Ravens | Pages: 408 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon