Thursday, January 13, 2011

Review (5): The Iron King

The Iron King 
by Julie Kagawa

Series: Iron Fey (#1)
Release Date: February 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Pages: 363
Source: Library

Challenge: None

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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. 

Why I Read This: I got a NetGalley ARC for The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #3), so I decided to start from the very beginning.

Plot: Although there are a lot of elements that are commonly found in other faery books (Seelie and Unseelie Courts, Summer and Winter Fey, etc.), the world created by Kagawa is still unique. She created her own Fey that I had never read about before. Meghan's journey takes her to many different places and there was no way to anticipate what would happen next or who she would meet. There is action, suspense, and a little bit of mystery as the characters try to find Ethan and figure out who the Iron King is and where he came from. 

Characters: I loved all of the characters in this book. Meghan, the main character, is half human/half faery who also happens to be a princess. She is a pretty awesome heroine and I loved her sarcastic personality. She was also independent, selfless and extremely stubborn which made me admire her because she knew what she wanted and fought for it. I just wish she hadn't been so dependent on the boys to save her all the time. The other characters include Ash, the Winter prince, Robbie/Puck, Meghan's best friend and Grimalkin, a cat faery that helps Meghan along the way. I genuinely enjoyed each and everyone of these characters. They were all different and had their own distinct personalities. They all stood out in their own distinct way. However, my favorite would probably have to be Puck because of his great sense of humor. He had me laughing out loud quite a bit. 

Cover: The cover is gorgeous! I love all of the swirly vines/tress. Also, the girl represents Meghan nicely. 

Overall Impression: Awesome! Why did I wait almost a year to read this? I can't wait to start The Iron Daughter (Iron Fey #2)!

Rating: * * * * 1/2 


  1. I've yet to start this series, but I definitely think I need to soon. Everyone seems to love the books. Great review!

    I'm your newest follower, by the way! I can't wait to see more from your blog :)

  2. They are great! And they keep getting better.

    & Thank you! I really appreciate it. :)

  3. I just finally finished The Iron King a week or so ago! I actually wasn't a huge fan, but I just read Winter's Passage (the novella in between the first two books) and it got me a lot more excited to read The Iron Daughter! Have you read it yet? If you're interested, you can download the full novella for FREE on the Harlequin Teen website until April!!


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