Book Review: To Bear an Iron Key by Jackie Morse Kessler


To Bear an Iron Key is the first in a new and exciting series from acclaimed author Jackie Morse Kessler.

Five years ago, the young witch Bromwyn refused a gift from the powerful fairy king. Tonight, on Midsummer, that decision comes back to haunt her. When her best friend Rusty picks the wrong pocket, he and Bromwyn are all that stand between their village and the rampaging fairies who have pushed through the World Door. If they cannot outwit the fairy king and queen before the World Door closes at sunrise, the friends will lose everything—their village, Bromwyn’s magic, and Rusty’s life.

From To Bear an Iron Key by Jackie Morse Kessler

“Bromwyn turned to face the burning fields. Reaching deep inside of herself, she closed her eyes and touched the core of her power, the place where her magic lived, where it connected her to all of Nature. She held onto that magic, let it fill her almost to the bursting point, and then she cast it out onto the fields. It blanketed the rows of spelt, and she felt as it rode the wind—Air—and then touched the grain—Earth—and then sizzled around the fire.”

About the Author:

Jackie Morse Kessler grew up in Brooklyn, NY, with a cranky cat and overflowing shelves filled with dolls and books. Now she’s in Upstate NY with another cranky cat, a loving husband, two sons, and overflowing shelves filled with dragons and books (except when her sons steal her dragons). She has a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature, and yet she’s never read any Jane Austen (with or without zombies). She also has a master’s degree in media ecology. (The living study of technology and culture. Which is cool, but she still can’t figure out how to use Tweetdeck.) 4611069

Jackie spends a lot of time writing, reading, and getting distracted by bright and shiny new ideas. (She just came up with a new idea right now.) She has a weakness for chocolate and a tendency to let her cat take over her office chair.


My Review: 

I absolutely loved this book! I’ve read a lot of Fae stories recently, and they seem to still be the poor cousin of vampire and werewolf books, which is so unfair. To Bear an Iron Key had the feel of an old fashion fairytale, it had morales and questions and was written in a way that deserved to be read aloud. It paced well and kept me reading well after I should have gone to sleep!

From a writer’s perspective, the prose was lovely and had just the right amount of description and character to balance the reading experience. The world building was spot-on and the characters themselves were easy to fall in love with. It’s pretty obvious how much hard work went into this book, and as a reader and a writer, I throughly appreciated it.

The front cover is pretty, but I think it let’s the book down a little. In a genre that is jam packed with exciting covers, a landscape (although giving the impression of high fantasy) might get overlooked by the impressionable teen reader look for their next literary adventure – Which this should, without question, be.

Overall I’d give To Bear an Iron Key 5 out of 5 stars – I’d give it more if I could! If you want to get lost in magic and spend some time away from this grey, dreary world of reality, then look no further.



One comment on “Book Review: To Bear an Iron Key by Jackie Morse Kessler

  1. Pingback: TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour – Day 8 « Jackie Morse Kessler | Blog

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