The Iron King by Julie Kagawa(Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository)
Release Date: February 1st 2010
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
MEGHAN CHASE HAS A SECRET DESTINY—ONE SHE COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED… Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth. For Meghan is the daughter of a mythical faery king…and a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014
This review has been a long time coming! By that I mean I should have read this as soon as it came out! I’m usually not one for faeries because they are portrayed as kind of cutesy/silly rather than the ones we read about in poems and myths. From these, I can say that the faeries in THE IRON KING stay true to their legend, the way they were originally depicted-conniving, mischievous, and a little sensual.
I was pleasantly surprised when I finally read this, it kept my attention from start to finish and was completely in awe at how the descriptions made it so you could perfectly picture this fantasy world in your mind. When dealing with imaginary creatures, or ones the average person has never heard of, it’s nice to have good details to correlate to what you were imagining.
In particular, there’s this character named Grimalkin, who resembles a cat. I dubbed him the Cheshire cat in my mind despite how he was described because of the way he acted. He’s just so fun and lovable even though he’s sneaky. I adore him, he’s one of my favorites.
Anyway the story focuses on a girl named Meghan Chase, a seemingly ordinary girl in a typical family. I liked how there was some back-story built up about her and her family, and just being a normal teenager. Of course, before you get bored with that, the action kicks in, her brother is kidnapped and replaced by a changeling which throws Meghan into the Nevernever, the land of the fey. Meghan finds out she is the half-breed of a powerful faery king and that her best friend is another species entirely, sent to protect her all this time.
Going back to the characters, I love them all! They each play such an important role and are so developed, their traits and actions are so believable and it’s amazing to watch them all come together in this diverse, fictional world.
And now because nothing is perfect, something I didn’t like was the progression of the relationship between Meghan and Ash. I liked the speed it was going at first, Meghan being apprehensive and afraid but interested, and then soon after things were moving a little too fast considering the circumstances: different kingdoms/promises/old loves/fighting/danger. This point has redemption though, I like how Ash kept his promise to his kingdom at the very end of the novel.
Oh! And Beau. Why, Ms. Kagawa, why? I loved that dog for the few pages he was in the story!
I went in with no expectations and didn’t even read the back cover and came out with another book to add to my favorites shelf.
I’ll be reading the rest in the series and you should start reading them too!