To Bear an Iron Key
Jackie Morse Kessler
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books LLC.
Goodreads Rating: 4.38
My Rating: 4.5
To Bear an Iron Key is the first in a new and exciting series from acclaimed author Jackie Morse Kessler.
Five years ago, the young witch Bromwyn refused a gift from the powerful fairy king. Tonight, on Midsummer, that decision comes back to haunt her. When her best friend Rusty picks the wrong pocket, he and Bromwyn are all that stand between their village and the rampaging fairies who have pushed through the World Door. If they cannot outwit the fairy king and queen before the World Door closes at sunrise, the friends will lose everything—their village, Bromwyn's magic, and Rusty's life.
From To Bear an Iron Key by Jackie Morse Kessler: "Bromwyn turned to face the burning fields. Reaching deep inside of herself, she closed her eyes and touched the core of her power, the place where her magic lived, where it connected her to all of Nature. She held onto that magic, let it fill her almost to the bursting point, and then she cast it out onto the fields. It blanketed the rows of spelt, and she felt as it rode the wind—Air—and then touched the grain—Earth—and then sizzled around the fire."
My Take On The Book:
First things first, this story was just too cute. I felt like a child again, reliving my first love. That giddy feeling you get when you know you both fell the same. That’s the emotion I picked up while reading this and it stuck all the way to the end. It was sweet and not many books can bost that.
Not only was it a lovely little romance but it was also a magical adventure chalk full of Fae and witches, friends and family. Its an adventure I’m determined to own for myself as well as one I’d like to gift my niece. The premise while entirely unique in the storyline was vaguely reminiscent of ‘The Harry Potter Series’ in an olden age kinda way and ‘Sorcery Rising’ by Jude Fisher. It was a worth while read that had a bit of meat to it… lengthy compared to others I’ve read from this particular genre.
The Great (Pros):
- Innocent Love. I haven’t read a tale of innocent first love since, well I was young and innocent falling in love for the first time. I enjoyed reading about ‘Lady Witch’ and ‘Sir Thief’. I use those names mainly because Bromwyn and Rusty are written in such a way that you feel as if you’ve known them for a long time, as if they were your friends.
- Characters. The characters in this story, good and bad, young and old are all magnificently crafted. Their storylines compelling and refreshing. I loved the dynamics between each of them, including the bad relationships. It made for a better story.
- Magic. The magic in this book is a lot different from the ones I have been reading lately. This magic is more in tuned with nature and described in simple terms, its nothing flashy and that is precisely why it’s on my pros list.
- Fae/Fey. Depending on the book and the writer, the terminology changed but regardless, I enjoyed the description of the Fey in this book. They were tricksters, conniving, and a lot like the Fey of stories old and oh so very different from the Fey present in today’s literature. It was refreshing.
The Not So Great (Cons):
The only downfall to this book seeing as how it is what I consider more of a middle grade, lower young adult read is the lengthiness. The book itself is not long in terms of pages but in the narrative. The way it’s written makes it seem long. As for the story itself I couldn’t really find one to give you guys.
This was definitely a fun, thoughtful and sweet read. A book I can see myself reading many times. It was detailed and written in such a captivating way that you could put yourself right in the thick of it. Ms. Kessler is new to me but I can definitely see myself reading more if this story is any indication.
About The Author
Jackie is the author of the acclaimed YA series Riders of the Apocalypse, published by Harcourt/Graphia. The first two books in the quartet, HUNGER and RAGE, are YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers; in addition, HUNGER has been nominated for several awards and RAGE is an International Reading Association YA Choice. RAGE, LOSS and BREATH are Junior Library Guild selections
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