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Iron and the Arrow by Wendy L. Anderson: A Book Review

(#4 in the Kingdom of Jior Series)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blurb: The Kingdom of Jior is a wild and tumultuous place carved from hard granite and black crystal and found deep in the heart of the Violent Mountains.
Storm Rider, the untamed grandson of the King of Jior, can call the winds, tame the lightning, and soar with the thunder.
Meurie, a half-human, half-Ny-Failen, has travelled from her home in the Violent Mountains to the streets of Jior to witness for herself the mythical Ny-Failen.
When her path intersects with Storm Rider, he goes after her with a single-minded purpose and will stop at nothing to make her his, and take this wingless girl with him to ride the storms.

A mysterious man barges his way into the nineteenth-birthday celebration for Mercy Rose, daughter of Jagged Edge and Princess Lyra Song. He is on a desperate mission and asks Queen Lililaira to travel through the most dangerous passes of the Violent Mountains to far away Hoarfrost Range.
The Ny-Failen of Jior must set aside their fears and prejudices against him as he begs for the healing of a young innocent who lays dying. The truth has yet to be revealed if this man is Ny-Failen or one of demon-kind!
Unexpectedly, Mercy Rose is asked to accompany the Queen on this mission fraught with danger. When secrets are revealed, lies uncovered and wonderful magic revealed Mercy Rose is faced with the biggest decision of her life, to give her heart to this stranger or possibly lose her soul?

When the Gray King comes to the grand halls of Jior and asks for an arranged marriage between his son and one of King Lorn’s granddaughters, it is met with less than cheerful acceptance. Forced into taking a king’s blood oath to go through with the marriage contract, King Lorn has ten years in which to find a way to thwart the Gray King.
After the ten years pass, the Gray King’s son appears at the gates of Jior and King Lorn must face unexpected consequences. Rain Song is the only granddaughter of King Lorn who can marry the Gray King’s son and while the Ny-Failen of Jior fight the curse of the marriage contract, she decides to take her own path. Defying her father Jagged Edge, and her grandfather King Lorn, she faces black sorcery and risks everything to follow her heart. 

My thoughts: This book was gifted to me for an honest review. It is now the 6th book by Wendy L. Anderson I have had the pleasure of reading, and the talent that appears on these pages just continues to astound me. Iron and the Arrow is the fourth of a five book series and tears are already building at the thought of finishing book five and I haven’t even started it yet. This was the longest book out of the series at 469 pages.

So again, the same problem as last time… I can only give it 5 out of 5 stars. It definitely deserves more.

Iron and the Arrow covers the three grown children of Lyra Song and Jagged Edge (their story is in Book 3; Heirs of Jior); Storm Rider, Mercy Rose and Rain Song. It is broken down in to three novella’s in which each of these characters finds their mate. Each story is absolutely phenomenal and although they all meet their true love, the stories are always completely different.

Storm Riders story comes first and after finishing that I thought there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY any of the other stories could be better. Storm Riders story made me draw fan art (something I’ve unfortunately not been able to finish due to carpel tunnel syndrome), and I’ll tell you now, I have never ever in my 30 years drawn fan art with just words as a reference. Then, along comes Mercy Roses’ story. HOLY SH*T! Some how it is better than the previous. No way Rain Songs story can be better than Mercy Roses’ I say to myself, it’s just impossible. To quote the Swallow from Thumbelina:

“Nothing is Impossible”

Jacquimo, Thumbelina (1994)

Everything in this book is absolutely brilliant and well thought out – the new characters, the scenes, the story-line, the character development. Also, the metaphors in this book just blew me away. Read it, you’ll know what I mean! As I’ve said already for the other books of this series I’ve reviewed, each time I had a question, it was always answered which I think is just fantastic attention to detail when it comes to an author writing their work.

This book, along with the other books I have read by Wendy L. Anderson, are genuinely some of the best work I have ever read and I look forward to reading more of her work hopefully for years to come. I am genuinely so sad that I’ve only got one more book to read of this series and then I have to say goodbye to all the Ny-Failen friends I have made. I’m definitely going to a shed a tear or a million. I can already feel it welling inside.

Iron and the Arrow is available in the UK for just:

£2.33 on Kindle here: Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 4) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Kindle Store

£12.32 on Paperback here: Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series: 4 (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644560822: Books

For the US you can buy Iron and the Arrow for just:

$3.30 on Kindle here: Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series 4) eBook: Anderson, Wendy L.: Kindle Store

$15.95 on Paperback here: Iron and the Arrow: Book Four in the Kingdom of Jior Series (Kingdom of Jior Fantasy Series): Anderson, Wendy L.: 9781644560822: Books

Thank you for reading

Gee Liz Reads ❤

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