Iron Shoes (Tales From Hawks Folly Farm #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney (review)

May 31, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance 0 ★★★★

Iron Shoes (Tales From Hawks Folly Farm #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney (review)Iron Shoes by J. Kathleen Cheney
Series: Tales From Hawks Folly Farm #1
Published by Amazon Digital Services on September 30th 2011
Number of Pages: 113
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Mythology, Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased
Format: eBook
Purchase: At Amazon
four-stars

Imogen Hawkes is running out of time. She must come up with enough money to prevent the bank from foreclosing on her farm. All her hopes are pinned on her horse winning the Special Stakes.

But things keep going wrong, and it's soon clear someone is determined to stop her. As race day draws closer, Imogen finds unexpected sources of help...including the new stallion she's purchased from Boston, who's not at all what he seems.

She's always tried to deny it, but now Magic might be her best ally...

I really liked this book! It had more magic in it than I expected it to, and the story caught my attention from the first pages. I loved how the historical elements blended in with realistic race horse information, as well as the magic. It all felt realistic, and there were no information dumps. None of the book felt slow to me at all, even though there were non-action scenes and sweet scenes, and places where Imogen kind of ‘grew up’ in the book even though she’s already in her middle 20’s.

I adored Guaire as a character. He fit his puca role perfectly. Everything I expected about a puca character from mythology was there, as well as a few unique twists to give him his own personality. The main bad guy was obvious, but I’m pretty sure he was meant to be so. Imogen’s mother-in-law and Paddy were also characters I liked a lot.

There was just enough mythology/folklore in the book to make things feel real, without being so much it felt like you were in school. My only complaint is that it was a novella instead of a full-length novel. I wanted to read more!

So if you like fantasy books with mythology elements, as well as a touch of the historical and horses, you need to read this book. I’ll be picking up book 2 very soon.

four-stars

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