Series: The Iron Fey #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on February 1, 2010
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Immortal Rules, Rogue, Soldier
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.
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.