Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Blurb: 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 Thoughts: It took me a long time to get into this one. I don’t think it had anything to do with the writing or the characters, it was just me. I read the beginning a few months ago, got to the part about Grimalkin, decided I wasn’t up for an Alice in Wonderland kind of thing and shelved it for later.

I was glad I did that.

I recently decided to ditch book one realizing that basically Megan’s brother Ethan is stolen, she goes into Faeryland to save him, meets an ice Prince who wants to kill her, falls in love with him, defeats an evil bad guy and the end.

The second book got me into the series so much that I went back and read the first book. I know that sounds weird but that’s what I did. I loved the descriptions, the different types of fae, the lay of the land. I loved how there was the Seelie and Unseelie Court, the Wyldwood, the Nevernever, the Court of the Iron Fey, and then of course the human world. The world building isn’t overbearing but it’s familiar.

In fact, there were a lot of familiar things about this book. Faeryland reminded me a lot of Avristar, except without all the creepy crawly faery things. Recaps, goblins, nixies, you name it, Kagawa includes it. Quite dangerous and weird too.

I wasn’t a fan of Meghan right off the bat. She’s just not the type of girl I would hang out with. I mean there’s making a girl poor and then there’s making her wear ratty clothes to school. As a mom, it’s just something I would be embarrassed about if that were my kid. It got much better when Meghan got into the Wyldwood with Puck and began to self actualize.

Puck and Ash were two of my favorite characters. Puck because of his similarities to my character Pux, though Kagawa’s Puck is prone to falling in love whereas my Pux isn’t. Ash was absolutely perfect in terms of what an Ice Prince should be. I liked the clear differences in his personality as the book progressed. Ash also reminded me a lot of my character Krishani, but let’s be clear, I just started reading Kagawa’s books so these similarities are pure coincidence.

The tone of Kagawa’s books are sometimes light and jovial, other times dangerous, but they’re always adventurous. It’s one thing I like about her, she has a lot of fighting / action scenes and she blends the Faery world with the Modern world quite well.

All in all this book is a hit, and if you don’t get into this one, at least read book two because it’s fantastic.

Namaste,
Rhi

Comments ( 2 )

  • ~Sara @ Just Another Story says:

    I read this early last year, and I thought it was ok. I have the next two in the series but I have yet to read them. I don't think their that great- seeing as you enjoyed the second two books more I might move them up on my TBR.

  • Medevac says:

    I'll admit I had my doubts about this one at first. Mostly I was afraid I wouldn't be able to separate it from the original series, but Ethan was a strong enough character to help me with that and I ended up loving this even more.

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