Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Friday, July 22, 2011

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Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: February 1st, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 363
Source: Library
Series: The Iron Fey (#1)
Other Titles in the Series: The Iron Daughter (#2), The Iron Queen (#3), The Iron Knight (#4, out in stores in October)
Summary ( 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.
My Review:
It starts off great and only gets better! The Iron King starts off like a ghost story with bogeymen in closets and seemingly possessed little brothers. The story moves into a world that slightly resembled that which Alice finds when she falls through the rabbit hole, complete with a snarky talking cat (who, by the way, I love). In the end, it is a fantastic adventure story full of danger and magic, love and laughs that I couldn’t put down! I adore Meghan, who is so strong and selfless! I also love her best friend who is so funny at the most inappropriate times. There’s also an Ice Prince who is quite intriguing. The Iron King has it's share of bad guys too, one of which is called Ironhorse. He is supposed to be rather scary and fierce, but everything he says is in capital letters even when he isn’t necessarily yelling. I found this to be extremely funny. I imagined this horse to be really aggravated with everything and if it was possible for a horse to flail, I’m pretty sure Ironhorse would. I could go on and on about this book and never get tired of it. I can’t wait to get the rest of the series from my local library. I urge you to check this out if you like tales of the Fey.


Danmark said...

Many stories have fairies and some even talk about how they're related to the old myths and beliefs, but The Iron Knight really takes that lore and enriches it. The fey are created by human imagination and dreams. They exist on their continued belief and remembrance in human minds. They strengthen and wither as humans fear, revere, and forget them.