About the Book
Book: Of Gold and Iron
Author: Nicki Chapelway
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, romance, mythology/folklore, faerie
Release date: Sept 20, 2020
“Swear on something else. Swear on your humanity.”
I suddenly find it very hard to swallow. My humanity? With a jolt I realize that there are far greater things at risk here than just my life. I’m in the faerie world, anything could happen. Even immortality.
The Otherworld is the home of the faeries, deceitful, decadent, and deadly. As the next in line to be-come Guardians, Jaye and her brother Thomas are tasked with defending the human world from all things magical. But when a routine scouting mission ends with them trapped in the Otherworld, it becomes pain-fully clear that someone doesn’t want them to leave the world of the faeries. Determined to not become an immortal’s pawn, Jaye kidnaps Ravven Crowe, an arrogant solitary faerie, so that he can guide them safely home. But things quickly go from bad to worse when they are captured by the Winter Court and embroiled in a plot to start a faerie civil war. Thomas is enslaved by an Unseelie faerie, and it seems that the only way to save her brother and avoid a war is for Jaye to ally herself with Ravven.
The faeries are governed by a set of strict laws. For their own safety, the Guardians have their own rules. But with Thomas’s life hanging in the balance there is only one way to save him that does not include breaking the faerie’s Fair Law, a crime that ends in death. Together Jaye and Ravven must compete in a series of deadly tests given by the faerie courts in order to earn Jaye the right to be named the Fair Assassin and wield the Blade of Gold and Iron. As the Fair Assassin she will be permitted to kill any faerie she so chooses, but first she has to live long enough. Walking a fine line between destruction and further entanglement with Crowe, Jaye is going to have to break her own rules if she wants to win. She must trust a faerie. Her life and humanity depend on it.
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About the Author
Nicki is a twenty-something author of clean YA speculative fiction. She has been writing since she was eleven years old, and has published several works including portal fantasies such as A Week of Werewolves, Faeries, and Fancy Dresses and A Certain Sort of Madness; as well as Winter Cursed a dark fantasy Snow White retelling.
Nicki lives in Ohio where she spends far too much time watching TV and sleeping. She listens to music basically all the time, and adores obsessing over mythologies, her shows, and her slew of fictional boyfriends. When not writing, she can usually be found at her desk with either a paintbrush or a pen in her hand.
More from Nicki
I find mythology fascinating, and one of my favorite mythological creatures are faeries (and dragons, but this book is mostly about faeries—although there is at least one dragon…). Growing up as a self proclaimed tom boy, I found faeries to be boring and trite creatures, all sparkle and not enough teeth. I preferred elves with their factions: wood elves, light elves, dark elves, high elves… etc.
Tolkien has inspired so much about my fantasy worlds—actually he is directly responsible for why I write fantasy—and because of that I adopted his own source of inspiration for many of the events of Middle Earth: myths.
I started reading up on myths, especially Celtic which is where Tolkien derived some inspiration for his elves (the elf part is of course Norse, but the returning to the Undying Lands is based on the mysterious disappearance of the Tuatha De Danan in Celtic myths which were originally considered to be gods but later became known as a type of faerie). As I dug deeper into Celtic myths and started reading Irish folklore, I came across creatures that were so complex that one individual could have the characteristics of light, dark, high, and wood elves all meshed together. I became fascinated by these walking contradictions. Immortals that can be harmed by such mortal things as iron and bread. Tricksters who cannot lie. Beings with powerful magic, but governed by a very strict set of laws and compelled into obedience.
And much, much scarier than the faeries I grew up hearing about.
Irish mythology gave me everything I needed, from many different forms of faeries to defining characteristics and names. All I had to do was fit them into my world… and come up with a plot and characters, of course, but those I actually got from a dream.
Wow! Wow! Wow! I am so impressed with this story that I hated to see it end. I loved how the author takes us to the Otherworld where a true adventure begins. I am going to tell you how much I loved Jaye. She is very intuitive. As she and her brother Thomas get trapped in the Otherworld I could envision the faeries and their powers in full display. It’s not everyday that a mortal is asked to be the Fair Assassin. It is an honor and with it comes great danger and power.
Ravven is definitely my favorite character in the story. Oh I know he is a faerie but I think there is more that he isn’t sharing. There are subtle hints that he is more powerful than others . Jaye has to perform three tasks in order to pass the test and become the Fair Assassin. These tests are difficult and really show her strength mentally. Behind everything she is doing, she is trying to save her brother. Their bond is undeniable and I liked how the author showed the importance of standing up to protect family.
There are quite a few characters that I wasn’t sure I trusted. They each have a desire for revenge. Is it possible that Jaye is being used ? It is hard for Jaye to trust Ravven but I don’t think she has a choice. She needs to rely on her instincts to determine who is lying to her. Her life and her brothers life depend on her making the right choice. The ending is oh so good but alas it is cliffhanger. I hope the author writes fast, because I need to continue the story. I have become invested in the characters and I must know who has betrayed Jaye.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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