Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

March 5, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 6 ★★★★

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie KagawaTitle: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on February 1, 2010
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
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four-stars

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 - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Also by this author: The Immortal Rules, Rogue, Soldier

I haven’t read too many fae books, so I still enjoy reading about them and this series is one I’m eager to continue. It was a bit long-winded and some details didn’t really do anything for me, but it was still interesting and Kagawa painted a very vivid and beautiful picture of the faery world, the different courts and creatures.

This first book introduces us to Meghan, a seemingly ordinary girl who turns out to be half fey. You join her on her quest to save someone she loves and meet some very interesting characters along the way. I really loved them all and praise Kagawa on developing them so well. My favorite would have to be Grimalkin, a magical cat that I immediately related to the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland. I enjoyed the relationship between him and Meghan and his part in her adventure.

There is also a love triangle between Puck, Meghan, and Ash, but it’s very subtle and well written. You can clearly see Puck’s devotion to Meghan and feel for him, but also the passion and heat between Ash and Meghan, although their moments together were few and far between. They kind of just fell for each other and I don’t think their relationship developed quite so much in this book, but I have hope for the next book. I admit, I was jumping back and forth between Ash and Puck, although I found myself drawn to Ash and his “bad boy” quality more.

I won’t say it’s a page-turner or anything, but it’s a great read and worth your time. I genuinely enjoyed the characters, the magic of it all, and the realness behind the history of the Iron King. In a world where we all practically live and die based on our technology, I love how Kagawa adds a bit of truth to a fictional tale. Faery lore has always been interesting to me and Kagawa stays true to them all and adds a few twists of her own, making her story stand out from the others.

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time (okay, at least the illustrations did), but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a
real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, an obnoxious cat, an Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and a hyper-active Papillion.

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  2. Eileen

    Hehe I totally loved this one but I definitely do see your points! 🙂 A lot of people have said the romance developed too fast but I still loved Ash and he was so cold and had a badboy broody quality to him that I just fell in love with! 🙂 I actually have to admit, I wasn’t THAT over the moon with this book at first (like I am now lol) but then I read The Iron Queen and there was no turning back O_O Seriously Ash! And Meghan! And Puck! Oh I love Puck’s hilariousness and I love Ash’s coldness but how on the inside he really cares and how Meghan’s so strong. And the plot and the world-building and the fantasy element but how unique it is! Ahh I could go on FOREVER about this book ahh! O_O

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