Thursday, 21 April 2011

A review for The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa


Posted by Donna
Published Date: February 1st, 2010
Finished Date: April 21st, 2011
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.

The Review:  Wow! I'm so glad I started this series. I loved every minute of it! 

The Iron King follows Meghan Chase, a school girl who has always felt strange since her father disappeared when she was six years old. When Meghan turns sixteen, her little brother is kidnapped and replaced by a changeling aka a faery. She would have never believed that faeries existed until she finds out that she is the daughter of a faery king and her whole world begins to changes over night while trying to rescue her little brother from some dark evil. 


I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Don't get me wrong, I've read a few Fae books before and they've been........okay! (Nothing special other than Wings by Aprilynne Pike) Anyway, again, this story was great. Ms Kagawa has created such a magical world that sucks you right into the story and you can't help but imagine your there. The creativity in this book is just so amazing. This has to be my favourite Fae book so far! 

When I found out the some of the characters were based on A Midsummer Nights Dream, I was a little put off by it, but I found I really enjoyed them. I loved Puck. I loved Meghan and.....of course, I LOVED Ash! Oh Ash! Where have you been hiding! Lol As you can guess, I'm Team Ash! Puck is such a funny guy and I really love him but I found his character to be more of a friend to Meghan, although this story doesn't touch on Puck and Meghan's relationship, there are a few hints that he may feel differently to her than she does. I'm actually looking forward to seeing how that plays out even though I'm batting for the other team. 

Overall, this was a fantastic read. Its a book I've been waiting for, that has showed me that the Fae are just as good as all the other mythical creatures out there and I'd like to thank Ms Kagawa for creating such a beautiful and imaginative book. Its left me picking up the next book....NOW!!!
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Posted by Jessica
Published Date: February 1st, 2010
Finished Date: June 21st, 2011
Source: Brought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 363

The Blurb from Goodreads: 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.

The Review: What to say about this book? The Iron King, was fabulous. I've wanted to read it for some time. I heard RAVE reviews about the series, and in the end I bought the first 3, and I'm glad I did.

The Iron King is a mix of faery tales and mythology, two of my favorite things in the world. Julie Kagawa creates a fantastical world that pulls you in. Just by Julie Kagawa's writing, all her descriptions, I was able to imagine this world and truly feel like I was apart of it. The characters are witty, mysterious and totally believable. You instantly like Meghan Chase, she's pretty strong all things considered. All the side characters are awesome especially Puck, who just turns a serious situation into a funny joke, and it just lightens the atmosphere. Grim the cat is fantastic with his one liner of "I am a cat", which basically says "I don't give a f*ck". Nice. The relationship between Ash and Meghan was beautifully written, it wasn't dragged on (in this book), and it didn't happen as fast as most books did. All their scenes are wonderful. And yep, I'm partial to the dark, brooding bad boys. I loved the concept that she is Summer and he is Winter, that created a nice friction between the two, but still managed to see their relationship grow into some sort of 'starcrossed lovers' affection. 

The story line was well thought out, and pretty much had me from page one. It was written well, and the introduction to all the different faery creatures was wonderful. Goblins, dragons, rat packs (those guys ROCK), piskies etc...all wonderfully written and well thought out. 

The ending was great, not what I was expecting but hey a faery contract, is a faery contract. 

Overall this was a wonderful read, I'm so glad I read it. It's a fabulous story, and I recommend it to everyone. 

On with The Iron Daughter!


2 comments:

Sarah said...

Glad you liked it as much as I did! I'm team ash all the way! Gahhh...I can't wait to read 'Iron Daughter'!

Natframpton said...

ooo this is on my to read list. looking forward to it