The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
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.
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I’ve been meaning to start The Iron Fey series for a while now. Julie Kagawa popped up on my radar last year but I never managed to find her books at the library until now. I’m so happy that I’ve finally gotten my hands on The Iron King because it is a fantastic book, filled with intriguing characters, action and discovery.
The main character, Meghan, is Oberon’s daughter, kept hidden from the world until her sixteenth birthday, when her brother Ethan is replaced by a changeling. She sets out with the help of her friend Robbie to find Ethan, and finds herself thrown into a world she doesn’t understand and doesn’t belong. Faced with obstacles and tough decisions, Meghan proves herself to be loyal, headstrong, and driven purely by emotion, which often puts her in great danger. As a reader, I love it but I understand why some of the other characters in the book were trying to make her understand just what she was doing some of the time. Meghan rushes into everything head first and it doesn’t tend to end well. 🙂
A semi-love triangle exists between Meghan, Ash, and Puck. It’s well written. You can see that Puck’s had feelings for her for quite some time and you can also see the instant attraction between Meghan and Ash, even though they’re destined to be enemies as children of different courts. There’s something so haltingly captivating about Ash. Even when he’s threatening to kill Meghan, you can still understand the attraction. Or at least I could, though I’m not sure what that says about me…
Perhaps my favourite character in the book is Grimalkin. He’s just such a cat. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve read the book, or know someone with cats. There’s just something untouchable and insouciant about him and I adored it.
Julie Kagawa has created a marvelous world. It’s pretty classic in many ways — the Seelie Court ruled by Titania and Oberon and the Unseelie Court by Mab — but I loved the idea of iron fae and where they come from. (I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to mention this since the series is called “The Iron Fey.”) It’s a really creative and novel twist on the world of Faerie and it makes me excited to read more of the series.
Of course, I have to mention the sheer gorgeousness of the cover. It’s got so many gorgeous details and the font really speaks to the nature of the story. I don’t always love covers that focus on just the head of a character but it’s a stunning cover. And I love the tiny crown underneath the series title.
I saw The Iron Daughter at the library and I’m kicking myself for not borrowing it now! Thankfully, I have a copy of the e-novella, Winter’s Passage, which should help me survive until my next trip to the library. I just hope The Iron Daughter is still on the shelf…