Title: Iron’s Prophecy
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: E-book borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
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….
I liked the earlier novellas in this series, because they were fun and interesting but didn’t have to be read in order to understand what was happening. Iron’s Prophecy, though, is different. Not only does it actually include important events for the series, but it’s actually integral to understanding the coming events.
This novella acts as a bridge between the Iron Fey series and the books in the Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten trilogy (which, currently, only has two complete books). It ties the events that have already happened into those that are still to come: namely, Ash’ and Meghan’s baby. While I normally find it kind of irritating in a YA series when the main characters are suddenly going to have a baby (read: Breaking Dawn), it kind of worked here. It was more about progressing the series and introducing a new set of characters than about showing that All Girls Must Want Babies.