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on 18 January 2014
a most enjoyable read as you thought it was about to drop it took a totally different direction even from t he dreaming pool
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Meaghan Chase has finally been reunited with her beloved Prince Ash, and he's now immune to iron. Happily ever after, right? Not exactly. Julie Kagawa's short story "Iron's Prophecy" features a new threat to the Iron Queen and her domain -- and a nice bridge into a new series featuring her brother, Ethan.

It's time for a fey holiday known as Elysium, where the monarchs of the different realms meet. For Ash and Meaghan, it's their first Elysium as newlyweds -- and to make things even more awkward, it's in the Winter Court with Ash's estranged mother. So they're already expecting problems, but nothing they can't handle.

Then the oracle interrupts the Elysium, revealing two shocking facts: Meaghan is pregnant, and her baby spells possible doom for the Fey. To avert this, Meaghan, Ash and Puck must set out on a journey to find the oracle, in hopes of avoiding whatever fate may have in store for the child. Or is it a trap?

"Iron's Prophecy" is a little frustrating as a short story, because it ends on a sorta-kinda-cliffhanger, with no resolution to the story's main conflict. It's actually less an independent story than a bridge to Kagawa's next Fey book, "The Lost Prince" -- and it does an excellent job setting up the conflict and characters that will presumably be essential for that story.

That said, it's nice to see how Meaghan and Ash have finally settled into their new life, and the rising presence of the Iron Fey in the Nevernever. It's particularly satisfying to see the vicious Mab dismissed by the newlyweds, considering how much grief she's given them.

Most of the story is made up of a grim journey to get to the oracle, and the dream-world revelation of what Meaghan and Ash's baby might someday do. It casts a grey cloud over everything. But despite the grim tone of the plot, the inclusion of Puck adds a lighter note to the story (such as his description of his adventures in Japan).

And it's nice to see how the characters have matured over time. Ash is warmer and more thoughtful, but still tough as steel; Meaghan is embracing her role as queen among other monarchs, and even becomes something of an Action Chick. And Puck... is Puck. Mischievous, irrepressible, and a little wacky.

"Iron's Prophecy" feels unfinished as a short story, but is an excellent bridge to Julie Kagawa's spin-off series. On to "The Iron Prince!"
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from one of my favourite authors.

Back in the Iron Kingdom or even Queendom, Meghan and Ash are getting ready to attend the Winter Elysium at the Unseelie Court. Meghan really doesn't want to go but knows she must to cement further the relations between the Courts.

Once Meghan and Ash arrive suddenly all the candles and torches blow out.........Mab the ruler of the Unseelie Court isn't best pleased so she magically re-lights them again. Much to everyones astonishment standing in the middle of the Court is the Oracle.
She has something to tell Meghan something that may end all of Faery for ever. What is this terrible revelation and once Meghan knows what it is, will she accept the Oracle's offer?

This is a short book, just a little teaser to tempt you into buying 'The Lost Prince'.

I duly did so and was happy to be amongst old friends again like Puck and Grimalkin.

Recommended to read so you can understand what is going on in the Lost Prince.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 January 2013
So for those of you wondering where this novella fits in with all of the others - Consider this novella to be book 4.5. It fits in just after the events of the Iron Knight (Book 4) and Ash's quest to be human. "Iron's Prophecy" is the tidying up of all the loose ends. Remember that pesky Oracle way-back-when? The one where Meghan had to make a deal to save her brother? Well we're finally getting to find out what the result of that deal was and boy is it traumatic!

The line that stuck with me throughout the entire collection was "You will not give up, even though it will give you nothing but grief?" and at the time I hadn't the foggiest what it meant but I expected we'd find out at some point. And now it's some point. So Meghan is pregnant. And the Oracle has come, at the most inconvenient event I might add, to offer Meghan a deal. Now we all know how stupid it is to make a deal with the Fey, but the Oracle holds invaluable information which could have catastrophic effects on Meghan and her court, but also the entire world of Fey!

So, that leaves Meghan with a choice. This short novella seemed to be all about the ability to make a choice actually and I liked that little trend that followed throughout. We see the return of Ash, Puck and Grimalkin who must join Meghan on her journey to the Oracle to find out what the bargain is that she offers.

Overall, I do recommend this book. I know novella's are short so we always feel like we're left wanting more but actually this one is longer than most and ties up all the loose ends so it rounds off Meghan's story nicely to make room for her brother, Ethan Chase's, story in the next set of books. A good adventure full of laughs, romance and choices. Give it a read :).
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on 3 October 2012
Having read and enjoyed the entire Iron Fey series, I was quite excited at the news that this novella was coming out, and to be fair I haven't been disappointed. All that's good from the rest of the series is here: a new quest, the core four reunited again, some pretty special exchanges between Puck and Ash, Meghan's growth, and so on.
The book does, however, suffer from its own short size and narrow scope. There are a couple of big relevations, but it's essentially a big side story, one of those you could skip without really missing much, and it certainly doesn't alter the status quo. All in all, it's for the fans.
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on 10 September 2012
the characters and storyline are compelling as they are in all of her books. but by the end of it this is a bit of a non event. it takes us no further forward and could have been covered in a single chaper in the last or next book. i still can't wait for the next one and hope the author avoids using short stories as fillers in the future. this took me about 2 hours to read but i suppose the price reflects that.

so five stars for the characters and genuine if short lived entertainment. 3 for the fact it didn't actually lead anywhere or tell us anything paticularly new. so av 4 stars
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on 20 October 2012
This novella is used as a bridge between Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series and her new spin off series, The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten.

If you have read the blurb then you know that Ash and Meghan are together and that she is pregnant with their first child. Meghan is visited by the Oracle while her and Ash are at Winter's Elysium. She is reminded of the prophecy that was so quickly forgotten before... In The Iron Queen it was told to Meghan that her and Ash's unborn child would bring them nothing but grief.

The Oracle would now like to give Meghan a glimpse into one of the possible futures that may come to pass. In this future we see a glimpse of their son standing over a bloody, dead body. Who is dead? Well I am not going to tell you that... but I strongly suggest you read this before you start The Lost Prince so that you can find out.

This is a quick read but it was nice to get a bit more of Ash, Meghan, Puck and Grimalkin. I know the spin off series is in the same 'world' but I am unsure as to who is going to play a part so any extra time with these guys is a good thing.

"This is real. This is what's important to me now. I'm not worried about the future, whatever it brings. I have all I need, right here."

Christine
Rainy Day Reads
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on 21 June 2013
Liked the book, short & sweet but filled in a gap and got to see Puck and the Cat again. Megan showed that she didn't take any crap from the Winter Queen again which surprised everyone and just how powerful Megan is. Looking forward to the next book in the series
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on 8 November 2013
As a taster for the forthcoming books starring Ethan Chase this works well.
Really did enjoy the Iron Fey books though perhaps a bit too much lovey-dovey stuff towards the end.
Looking forward to the new series.
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on 23 June 2014
I chose four star because it was a very good book, but I didn't get some parts. I liked the part where they hear their having a baby and really dislike the part where the Oracle tries to kill Meghan.
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