Sunday 19 May 2024

Book Review: Long Live Evil (Time of Iron #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan

Long Live Evil (Time of Iron #1)
Sarah Rees Brennan
30 July 2024
464 pages
eBook - EPUB
YA Fantasy
ARC via NetGalley


When her whole life collapsed, Rae still had books. Dying, she seizes a second chance at living: a magical bargain that lets her enter the world of her favourite fantasy series.

She wakes in a castle on the edge of a hellish chasm, in a kingdom on the brink of war. Home to dangerous monsters, scheming courtiers and her favourite fictional character: the Once and Forever Emperor. He’s impossibly alluring, as only fiction can be. And in this fantasy world, she discovers she's not the heroine, but the villainess in the Emperor's tale.

So be it. The wicked are better dressed, with better one-liners, even if they're doomed to bad ends. She assembles the wildly disparate villains of the story under her evil leadership, plotting to change their fate. But as the body count rises and the Emperor's fury increases, it seems Rae and her allies may not survive to see the final page.


Long Live Evil was a fun read from start to finish. Quirky and meta, it pokes fun at the fantasy genre in a way that reveals deep love for it (much like Forbidden Broadway does for musicals). It was amusing to follow Rae's exploits as she attempted to twist the familiar story to suit her needs and aid her return home, and you could definitely see her evolution along the way. Most of the twists I did see coming, including the big one at the end, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment, and I would certainly been keen to read on to book two and find out how everything will end. I am giving this book 4 stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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