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April 15, 2014

Loved It: Cold Iron & Silver Skin by D.L. McDermott

Cold Iron 1 & 2
eGalley
February 10, 2013
Pocket Star
From the publisher via NetGalley
Paranormal Romance
A paranormal romance series that puts the urban into urban fantasy, COLD IRON is set in contemporary Boston, where the Irish gangs of Southie and Charlestown are really warring clans of Fae. Sorcerer Miach MacCecht rules a fractious clan of petty villains from his Victorian mansion in Southie’s City Point, and rival Finn controls crime across the water in Charlestown. Survivors of a brutal war with their formal vassals, the Druids, the Boston Fae have put down roots in the human community, and the last thing they want is the return of the decadent Queen and her dissipated Court from their exile in the Otherworld. But the wall between worlds is two thousand years old, and weakening.

Cold Iron series by D.L. McDermott has all the makings of becoming an epic urban fantasy series. Druids, Aes Sidhe, Tuatha De Danann, and unsuspecting civilians are the main players in Cold Iron. As a whole, I love Cold Iron because I love fae based stories to begin with and McDermott went hard core on this one, her fae are along the same lines as KMM's Fever Series, they're achingly beautiful, cold, ruthless, entitled f*ckers set on destroying humans in the most atrocious way possible. You won't find gentle woodland nymphs here, the magic is very ancient, malicious and purposeful and though the featured fae have been tempered by an abundance of time spent with humans, they can still be as cruel as their race. 

Book 1, COLD IRON, debuted the series splendidly. Archeologist and newborn Druid, Beth Carter, stumbled upon the fae race's greatest warrior, Conn of the Hundred Battles aka The Betrayer, in one of her digs. One thing led to the next and all the rumors of the walls getting weak and a fae trying to summon the court back is true. And masterminding this attempt is The Prince Consort and in order to do so, he needs Beth and Conn's sword to complete the task and kick off The Wild Hunt. Which sent shivers down my spine because of how that outcome was described. For those of you who've read Iced (Fever 6, Dani O'Malley 1), you'll know what I'm talking about. The Wild Hunt is a fae-pocalypse we don't want in our doorstep.

SILVER SKIN follows a thread that was opened in COLD IRON this time featuring Beth's BFF, Helene Whitney who's been a victim of fae compulsion in the previous book. I felt so bad for Helene because she doesn't have any powers like Beth to counter the magic. She's a mere human and very susceptible to fae abuse and only Miach, a fae sorcerer, is the only person at this point who can help her. After much chasing and investigating, it is apparent that The Prince Consort is once again behind the attacks and is clearly the main villain of the series because the conflicts always lead towards his machinations and plots to summon the fae court. SILVER SKIN's is more complicated and layered than COLD IRON not only because of the expanding conflict and cast, there's also themes of family disloyalty, friendships and forced suspicious alliances incorporated. My only critic can be viewed as either good or bad. Although I appreciate the virtue of doing recaps of the previous book, if you're reading the series back to back it could feel a little redundant. But as I mentioned this could be a good thing as we tend to forget details from the previous book after a while or some of us may even jump in the series mid-way so this could be a plus depending on how you're reading the books. 

Overall, I love everything about Cold Iron series from the plot down to the pace. The Prince Consort is such a fascinating villain I'm anxious to see what he's up to next. The books are throbbing with magic filled with fantastic fight scenes mixed with enchanting lores and legends about the Fair Folk, it's a great cautionary tale if anything. The romance is scorching but it's not the focal point of Cold Iron so this reads more like urban fantasy than paranormal romance. And even if every book features a different couple, all the events are connected to the main plot and the build up is exciting. D.L. McDermott's debut is strong, promising, captivating and worth following. It's been a long time since I've read a great, not good but GREAT, fae series backed by real/historical myth and not a mish-mash of different pantheons and legends and Cold Iron is certainly one of the better ones out there. This is a definite must-read.












45 comments:

  1. Okay... I'm curious! :) I don't usually go for Fae (they are really not my thing), but this is set in Boston...and you make it sound fun. Thanks for a great review.

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    1. Give it a try, it's a great fantasy/adventure story, it'll be worth your time

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  2. I don't usually like the fae but this sounds kind of cool. Is there a different couple for each book?

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  3. The Prince does sound like an interesting villan and I love the sound of how this uf is set up

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    1. The Prince Consort is very clever, I hope he doesnt become predictable though.

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  4. I want to read this one and the cover is just so hot ;)

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    1. I'm not fond of naked chests but I do love the claymores

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  5. I have both of these downloaded because they looked really good, but after reading your review I see that I need to start reading them NOW!

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  6. Oh this sounds kind of like the Iron Druid Chronicles which is one of my favs. I am definitely going to have to check these out.

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    1. It sounds similar from the titles, this might be perfect for you

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  7. Cover candy! Yummy! Love them. This sounds like a great series! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. :)

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  8. You've sold me on these. I love stories where the fae aren't harmless and there's a lot of excitement.

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    1. Yup they're the kind grandmothers scare the kids with so they sleep early

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  9. This series seems to be getting really good reviews (including yours)! At first, I was really turned off by the covers, but now I'm beginning to regret not having added them to my wishlist. At least there's an easy fix for that. Thanks for the chance!

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    1. I can't wait for book 3! Thanks for joining, Carmel!

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  10. Hhm this sounds like one i might like. I'm adding it to my ever growing tbr pile.

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    1. If it's any consolation, I think all of our TBR's are taller than us at this point.

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  11. I like the sound of this series. Definitely have to add this to the list!

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    1. I promise it's worth the space in your shelves. The world building is so awesome!

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  12. really? in the line of the KMM series? Wow. And druids? Faes? LOL now I'm really really curious. I really love all that. It sounds really great. Thanks for bringing the series to my attention.

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    1. Yes! This series is a frickin winner!

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  13. Okay, you got me. I just requested Silver Skin on Netgalley. I love the sound of these. I entered the giveaway too. This totally reminds me of the series I just finished.

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    1. I saw that book you reviewed. I wish I can take in one more book, I'd love to have read that after this. Oh well, maybe I can do that when book 3 releases.

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  14. Oh I am loving those covers. Been a while since I've read a good fae book. I do find them fascinating in their non-human ways/coldness.

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    1. There's something about their "soullessness" that beckons to me

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  15. I think this series sounds awesome. Fae are my Faevorite *snickers*

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  16. Okay first, I really like those covers! Second, they sound like they have everything I want in a series. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  17. I love stories involving the fae, too, Braine...especially if the fae are in line with KMM's! I've gotta read this series!!

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    1. Yeah, she didn't butcher the original Celtic fae myth, gotta love her for that

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  18. I'm so happy you liked this ones as much as I did. Now we have to wait for Stone Song.

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    1. I can't wait for that one, wanna buddy review it when the ARC is out?

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  19. oh a new and exciting Fae series :D looks kick ass, totally adding this to my list

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    1. You should, it'll be worth your time.

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    1. Make sure you add this to the list!

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  21. OOOH! Fae and Irish gangs? HELL YES!

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    1. I'll count on you to read this then

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  22. I've been seeing these books everywhere and now I think I'll give them a try knowing that you loved them! :)

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