03 May 2011

Title: The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 363 Pages (February 1st 2010)
From: purchased from Amazon

Synopsis: 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.

Review: 3 Stars - The Iron King is the first installment in the Iron Fey series by Author Julie Kagawa. With highly entertaining characters and a new take on Faery, Kagawa takes readers throughout her unique world and adds in a further twist of Iron Fey.

When sixteen year old Meghan Chase’s world is turned upside down she’s forced to come to terms with many things. One main thing is who she really is and what that means to her future and of those around her. One of those people is her younger brother who is kidnapped and it’s up to Meghan and her best friend to get him back. She’s a character who takes a ton of risks, makes some wrong turns and a few wrong choices, but in the end is stronger then she realizes. Watching her figure out the strength she has, or even how much she’s willing to give up for those she loves makes her a heroine that grew and continues to grow on me.

Within the land of Faery, she’s going to need people on her side. One would be her best friend Robbie/Robin Goodfellow, or Puck. The other would be Ash who just happens to be a Prince of the Unseelie Court, to bad for Meghan that she’s part of the Seelie Court. Both of these guys have a lot to offer. Each is different – One’s a bad boy with good in him, the other is kind of a good guy who teeters on the edge of bad. I really enjoyed the banter between both boys, which was at times humorous and added so much to the story. They offer support, guidance, friendship, frustration and love to Meghan. Which one does she choose? Well, I’m not going to give that away.

Another character that needs to make an appearance in this review would have to be Grimalkin. He’s a cat with an attitude and knows more than he ever lets on. It’s part of his kind of “fae” and his personality that after reading I just couldn’t see him any other way. Kagawa has written the personality of a cat exactly how I could almost envision any house cat acting… even my own. It’s bloody brilliant!

Kagawa’s Fae, and the world she has created leads the way to her characters and the story. She has given us a taste of the new Iron Fey series with the first book and has left the door wide open as to what’s to come next for her characters old and new. While it did start out a bit slow, the middle and the end picked up the pace and made me eager for any future books in this series… and anything else that Kagawa writes. If you like a good story filled with Fae and magic, then I would recommend you go out and pick up this title and the next two books in the series soon. Trust me; you’ll thank me later when you’re able to read each book back to back. Review for The Iron Daughter coming next week.

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  1. I really enjoyed this one a lot. I'm curious to see what you think about the others.

  2. Meghan had to grow on my too. I wasn't as found of her in the first two books.

  3. I really liked this book!

    I actually really enjoyed it. My first book about faeries! I liked it enough to want to read the other books in the series. I think Paul is going to end up being an interesting character later... though it is sad that Meagan forgot all about him. No one wants to forget their parents (biological or not). This book made me think what memory would I not want to give up... wow. Well this is hard. I wouldn't want to forget any people... mom, dad, sister, husband. As far as memory it would be the day I graduated college.

    It is kinda sad that Ethan just gets dumped back in the real world. I mean, we never even find out what happened to him when he was in the Iron Court. What were all those cords stuck in him?

    I guess this book would remind me of Percy Jackson series. There is a lot of things going on and the normal human's can't see it.. very similar to this book.
    I think we will find out more about Grimalkin in another book. I loved the cat! I wonder when he will call Meagan to his side and what she will have to do for him? I like how he is only following her around because she is interesting. I can totally see a cat doing that. If I am upstairs making noise the next thing I know the cats pop up and check out what I am doing.

    XOXO Angela's Anxious Life

  4. Also... if you are interested in discussing the book further we talk about it in my book club here:



    XOXO Angela's Anxious Life

  5. GRIMALKIN!!! Loved his attitude, though not if it were directed at me, haha.

  6. I just loved the first 2 books in this series. The 3rd book is still on my shelf waiting to be read. Your review makes me want to read it soon! :)

  7. I've never been a huge fan of faeires (which is probably why this one has lingered on my shelf) but I've been told that this series is perfection. I plan on giving it a shot sometimes soon. My fingers are crossed that I'll enjoy it :)


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