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The Iron Legends by Julie KagawaThe Iron Legends
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1.5, 3.5, 4.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date: August 2012
304 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Fantasy
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Enter the world of the internationally bestselling Iron Fey series. Dangerous faeries. Heartbreaking romance. Thrilling action and limitless adventure. The world of the fey has never been so powerful. This collection includes three novellas set in the world of the Iron Fey plus the Guide to the Iron Fey with exclusive information about Julie Kagawa's unforgettable world of Faery.

NOTE – This reviews both the novella Iron’s Prophecy and the Iron Legends Anthology.

Iron’s Prophecy

This is book 4.5 in the Iron Fey series and takes place some time after the events of The Iron Knight.

Firstly, this story is just the right size for a novella. Not too short and not too long. It is about 65 pages and is actually very crucial to the story. This novella is no gap filler. If you are a fan of the Iron Fey series then I really recommend you read this as without it, the new books in the upcoming ‘Call of the Forgotten’ series will NOT make sense. read more

By: Alison
The Goddess Legacy by Aimee CarterThe Goddess Legacy
Author: Aimee Carter
Series: Goddess Test #2.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date: July 2012
395 pages
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Mythology
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For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness....
Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal....
Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another....
James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before....
Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope....

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.

I am always hopeful (perhaps naively so) about the Goddess Test books, because I love mythology retellings. However, the first two books were disappointing due to poor characterisation and predictable plots. The latest offering, The Goddess Legacy, includes five short stories from the point of view of the other gods and goddesses and delves deeper into their histories and character. While I was frustrated by more of the same from Aimée Carter, some of the stories made me feel emotions other than frustration, and I took that as a good sign. read more

By: Daphne
Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas by Michael ScottBilly the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas
Author: Michael Scott
Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #5.5
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers
Date: November 2011
67 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Mythology

Years before Sophie and Josh Newman met Nicholas Flamel, two legendary warriors fought together for the first time. Billy the Kid and Scathach the Shadow.

Now that lost story can be told . . .

Billy the Kid is immortal. And being immortal means following unpredictable paths. With this exclusive eBook, Michael Scott offers readers a never-before-seen short story from the world of the bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: the tale of how Billy the Kid and Scathach meet for the first time and join forces against the unseen, deadly and eternally hungry vampyres who control the city of Las Vegas—where Scathach must face her greatest fear.

I’ve always enjoyed novellas, especially those that give us more information on the characters we’ve come to know and love. This story focuses on how the two characters on opposing sides in present day, the immortal Billy the Kid and the incomparable Scathach, originally meet. Sent on an errand by his Elder master Queztalcoatl to deliver something to the Shadow, the Kid’s curiosity and good manners gets the better of him as he ends up accompanying Scathach to Vegas after she receives a mysterious phonecall for help. read more

By: Daphne