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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

December 3rd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Won in a giveaway

Publication date: February 1,2010

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Description from Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined–the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

I’ve heard all the hype about this series and people raving about how good it was but I’ve put off reading it for so long because often I end up being disappointed in books others have raved about.  I finally decided I had to read it after one of my favorite bloggers kept mentioning it on Twitter.  So glad I finally picked it up and so disappointed I didn’t follow their advice to have The Iron Daughter on hand to start right away.

The Story Line

I loved the take Julie Kagawa took on the fairy world.  I’ve seen stories before where fairy land is dying because people stop believing in them but the idea of Iron fey being born from our obsession with technology is something I haven’t come across before.  It makes so much sense though and is a fascinating idea.  In this book we just get the inital glimpse into the Iron fey world and what its inhabitants are like but I assume in the next few books we will see more.   One thing I’m not entirely clear on is why the Iron King is so fascinated with Meghan unless it’s simply because she is the summer fairy king’s daughter and it gives him twisted pleasure to have her in his grasps.

The Characters

For the most part I enjoyed the entire cast of characters.  At first I could not get over what jerks Meghan’s mother and step-father were but once that is explained everything fell into place.  I loved Puck’s character and he really cracked me up.  It’s been a long time since I’ve read A Midsummer’s Night Dream but Puck isn’t at all how I remember him from the play.  Ash is your typical bad guy who you know is starting to fall for Meghan yet feels the need to act tough and gruff towards her.  He’s so formulaic and yet I still love him.   Meghan’s character had me feeling slightly ambivalent.  I really liked her relationship with Ethan and thought it was sweet watching them interact but sometimes she was so foolish that she got on my nerves.

The Romance

Unlike most of the recent love triangles I do not have a definite “team” I’m rooting for yet. Like I mention above I loved what we have seen of Puck and I always have a soft spot for the bad guy gone good.  I think I need to see more interaction between Puck and Meghan now that she knows what she is to really decide which guy I am rooting for.  I will say the one thing that really went over wrong with me in this book is my pet peeve where Meghan and Ash basically start making out while being chased by a dragon.  Come on people! Let’s focus on not getting killed and put off the kissing until we are some where safe.   I hate when the characters all of a sudden pause for a love fest in the middle of a war or while being chased. 

This book was a huge surprise for me.  For the most part the fairy series I have read so far have been enjoyable reads but not books I love and feel the need to get my hands on the next book asap but this was one I loved. Definitely a book you should check out.


Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Fantasy, Young Adult

6 Responses

  1. Emma Cunningham

    Keep reading to find out why the Iron King took an interest in Meghan! You’ll find out more in the next two books.

  2. LunaMoth

    the series only gets better, im sure youll love the iron daughter as well =)

  3. Casey (The Bookish Type)

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this book! I adore this series! I think my favorite part is that Puck IS so different from Midsummer Night’s Dream, even though that’s one of my favorite Shakespeare plays =) Hahaha you make a good point about the making-out-while-being-chased-by-a-dragon. I hadn’t really thought about it, but that is pretty ridiculous. Although, Ron and Hermione finally kissed in the middle of the final battle, and that worked pretty well =) Hmmmm…

  4. Erica

    I love this book so much – the next two books in the series are just as good as this one :)

  5. Michelle

    I’m so glad you loved this one too! It’s definitely one of my favorite series going. You should plow right through the remaining two….they get so much better!

  6. dsuzuki

    Emma-thanks so much!
    LunaMoth-I can’t wait to start it
    Casey-lol. I haven’t watched the latest HP movies so didn’t see that.
    Erica-so glad to hear that. So sad when the rest of a series doesn’t live up to book 1.
    Michelle-so glad all your mentions made me finally pick this up.

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