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Book Review: The Iron Web by Kristin Ravelle

* I am reviewing this book that I received from the author but this in no way affects my review *

The Iron Web - Discovery (The Iron Web, #1)Title: The Iron Web
Authors: Kristin Ravelle
Source: Author
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 3/5 stars

Book Summary: 

Based on themes from the mystic Nag Hammadi texts, ancient Egyptian texts that speak of mysterious, unseen intruders in the human condition; themes expounded in many online sources.

“Original and Compelling Dystopian Read.” Tina Williams

Penrith, Wales.
Bryn is turning 22 and must register for One Earth Dynamic ID.

Buried in the mysterious N800 texts is a horrifying secret, an ancient evil that Bryn feels compelled to unearth. A secret that may underpin One Earth, the global agency that monitors and tracks everyone.

Curran, gorgeous, tortured OED fugitive, finds sanctuary with Penrith’s underground, Luxent, and discovers Bryn and her strange ability to throw condensed light. And unexpected love in a world suddenly seeming to go mad.

Can Bryn’s primaeval earth magic help Luxent overcome other-worldly forces and the OED or will her growing feelings for Curran and learning the horrifying reality of the OED only lead down the road that goes straight into its ancient and evil web?

Book Review:

I was really excited to read The Iron Web novella as the author was proud of the work and I am always in the mood for a good dystopia. I really enjoyed the first in this series and would love to read more. 

Although on the whole, I did enjoy this novella, I did have some problems with it. I found that many of these came from the setting. I believe that the author is not Welsh but this is the main setting for the book. There were some minor errors in the book that took me out of the series. This was the use of the cell phone (which in England is a mobile phone) and words like Mom threw me off. I am not sure whether to take this with a grain of salt as it is a fantasy setting but it did take me out of the story. 

Although there were inaccuracies within the story and the setting, I am always a fan of any book which is set in Wales as I don't see this often even though I read a lot of UKYA. This is even more special due to the fantasy setting as I don't tend to find reads which are based in the UK and are not contemporary.

The protagonists in the story are also in their 20s which definitely make for a more interesting read as much of the YA read focuses on characters who are 16-18 and as someone in their 20s, I want more stories that are based on people in my age range so I really loved this. The characters themselves were really interesting and I enjoyed reading about them. I did get confused about them at some points but I don't think that this impacted my overall enjoyment of the story.

This is only a small part of a much wider story so I would love to continue on to read about what happens next. It seems like we have only just touched the surface of the world so it could go to a completely different place.

The Verdict: 

The Iron Web is a fast-paced novella that dips it's toes into a much wider world that I would love to explore. 

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