Novella Round-Up #3: Radiant and Iron’s Prophecy

I’m never quite sure what to do with novellas- I want to talk about them but they’re so short that doing a full post for one tiny novella seems weird…so I’ve decided to do a novella round-up after I’ve read a few.

Today’s round-up features Radiant, from the Unearthly series, by Cynthia Hand and Iron’s Prophecy, from the Iron Fey series, by Julie Kagawa.  You can find Cynthia Hand on Twitter and her website, and you can find the Unearthly series on goodreads. You can also find Julie Kagawa on twitter and her website and you can find The Iron Fey series on goodreads.

Radiant CoverRadiant (Unearthly #2.5, you can find Radiant on goodreads)

Written by Cynthia Hand

Format: e-book/Nook store

Published December 2012 by HarperCollins

Pages: 76

Summary: Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn’t ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape. . . .

For as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met a mysterious guy in Italy two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.

Alternating between Angela and Clara’s perspectives, Radiant chronicles the unforgettable summer that will test the bounds of their friendship and change their lives forever.

I’ve had Radiant for a while. but never got around to reading it until recently.  I liked it, and I liked seeing Angela and Clara in Rome.  We met Phen in this novella, and while he makes an appearance in Boundless, I only have vague memories of him (which totally means I need to re-read Unearthly again, and probably should have re-read it before Radiant but oh well, too late).  Still, I liked seeing Phen before the events of Boundless and how Angela met him.  Actually, Angela’s chapters were really interesting because we do see her remembering some things and we’re in her head a little bit.  The narration by Angela and Clara…I liked it, but I will say that I was much more intrigued with Angela’s story, since the series is about Clara’s purpose. Actually, Clara and Angela are so tied together because of Boundless, so I was actually glad I read it after the fact, because I enjoyed it knowing what was going to happen.  Still, I wish I had read the series so I wouldn’t be so fuzzy on the details.  Radiant gets 3 stars.

Iron's Prophecy CoverIron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5, you can find Iron’s Prophecy on goodreads)

Written by Julie Kagawa

Format: e-book/nook store

Published September 2012 by Harlequin

Pages: 85

Summary: 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 love the Iron Fey series so much, and since I’ve read the other two Iron Fey novellas, it makes sense I would also read this one!  I actually liked this one a lot better than Winter’s Passage and Summer’s Crossing.  I think a big reason why is because of how things turn out in her Call Of The Forgotten series, which is the Iron Fey spin-off.  Well, how things turned out in the first two books.  Having read every single book in the series so far (and loving them) I really liked reading Iron’s Prophecy to see how the two series connect.  It really does bridge the gap between the two series really well, and it really does lead into Call Of The Forgotten so well.  I liked seeing Meghan and Ash go to the Winter Court and how they deal with the Oracle coming in during Elysium and interrupting things.  And with the prophecy that the Oracle reminds Meghan of.  Iron’s Prophecy gets 4 stars.

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