The Iron King (The Iron Fey: Book 1)

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Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Type: paperback
Pages: 363 pages
Published: 1st August 2010

4 Stars

My name is Meghan Chase.

In less than twenty-four hours I’ll be sixteen. Countless stories, songs, and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset.

I don’t think it will be that way for me.

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 sensed 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’s 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.

The Iron King is the first book in Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. Meagan, the heroine of the story, gets thrown into the world of the fey when her younger brother is kidnapped. She finds out that her best friend Robbie is actually is Robin Goodfellow from all the fairy-tales. Then, to top it all off, she finds out that she is daughter of the Summer King making her half human, half fey. So much scene setting in this book!!

The faery world was very believable and it was obvious that a great deal of work went into constructing it. I really enjoyed the creation of an Iron Fey race, it is such a modern twist on an old classic.

I have however, found the characters lacking. Meghan is a bit annoying and it would have been nice if the heroine didn’t constantly need saving, especially when she is supposed to have all this untapped power.

You can see a love-triangle in the making, which is rather typical of YA books I have noticed.

Throughout most of the book, I am rooting for Puck. He has been her closest friend, he is lighthearted, fun, witty and just so typically fey. As the journey continues into the land of the Iron King, Ash does grow on me and show a softer side rather than just the icy exterior but I do take issue with Meghan and Ash’s whirlwind romance. Their story is Romeo and Juliette-esque and you can see they are destined to be together but it all happened very quickly and didn’t make sense how they were suddenly in love.

Overall, it’s a good book, looking forward to reading The Iron Daughter.

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