Monday, April 13, 2020

The Iron Crown by M.A. Grant


After the last Faerie Civil War, the leaders of the magickal pantheons stripped the shining Seelie Court of its power and tasked the dark Unseelie Court with maintaining the natural balance of the world.

Ages later, a twisted intrigue throws the balance of all Faerie into ruin and ignites a new civil war.


Discounted by his family and haunted in the Unseelie sidhe, Queen Mab’s youngest son, Lugh, leads the Wild Hunt on quests across the dangerous Wylds. At his side is his best friend, Keiran, a Viking rescued from death centuries earlier. Between Lugh’s uncanny gift for being in the right place at the right time and Keiran’s power of persuasion, they’re revered across the Wylds—as long as Lugh keeps his true identity hidden from the people of the Sluagh.

Keiran and Lugh have loved each other for centuries—as friends and brothers in arms. Lugh has long since put aside his romantic love for Keiran to protect their friendship. But with the looming war in Faerie and the ghosts of the dead dogging Lugh’s every move, Keiran realizes there may be room for romance between them after all, if only they can survive.

Rallying the Sluagh to fight in the looming war between the Seelie and Unseelie seems an impossible task. To achieve it, these childhood best friends will have to free Lugh from the restless souls haunting him and turn the tides threatening not only their growing love, but the balance of life and death itself.

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
With each book, this series has become more epic in scope. As the leader of the wild hunt, Lugh’s story feels miles away from the courtly power struggles waged by both Lugh’s brothers. Lugh’s book reads like an epic quest as the hunt moves through the Wylds attempting to protect the Sluagh people. Where book one mixed the contemporary world with high fantasy, this book is more like the second, set firmly in the fairy world. Lugh doesn’t have much skill as a courtier, so this is a book full of gritty action and bloody battles that culminates in an epic battle that will alter the entire fairy world.

Keiran and Lugh are possibly the most developed characters in the series and I really love the relationship between the prince and his poet. Unlike the first two books, this isn’t a traditional romance. Keiran and Lugh work together, battle together, and have enjoyed a platonic partnership for centuries. Both are more pragmatic than romantic, and their focus is on the battle they are preparing for, not their changing relationship. I love their rare, awkward emotional moments and the small glimpses of softness under their battle-hardened exteriors.

Personally, I enjoy political intrigue more than gory battles so this isn’t necessarily my favourite of the three books. Other readers will enjoy the fast-paced action and the escalating tension in this final story. And though I’m still a little confused about how the timelines of the three books match up, all the pieces of the series come together beautifully in the final epic battle at the end of this book. I’ve loved this series from the start and while I can see potential for multiple spin-off books, I feel like this is a satisfying end to the trilogy about Queen Mab’s three very different sons.


Also Available in The Darkest Court Series

Book 1
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Carina Press – Harlequin

For reviews & more info, check out our Prince of Air and Darkness post.


Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Carina Press – Harlequin

For reviews & more info, check out our The Marked Prince post.



M.A. Grant has always loved reading and writing, but fell in love with the romance genre when she started working at an independent bookstore in high school. After meeting her husband in college, they began a steady northward migration and are now happily living in the rugged beauty of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. When she’s not calling out to passing ravens or making a cup of tea, she’s writing dark and moving stories.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Iron Crown (The Darkest Court #3) by M.A. Grant to read and review.

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