Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Review: The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

Synopsis (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.
My Thoughts:  When I first started this book I had that moment of panic where all the good stuff I had heard about it was churning in my head and I kept thinking that there was no way it could live up to the expectations I was building up.  I took a deep breath and told myself to stop being such a pessimist and just read the damn thing.  So I did.  And it turns out the book did indeed live up to the hype and I had nothing to worry about.

Whew!  *wipes brow*  Sometimes when I read things turn very dramatic and I fall into a downward spiral and there are a lot of tears and wailing.  No, not really.  Mostly I just read and I'm like, "Whoo-hoo!  Books!  I like books!"  Then I finish that book and move onto the next book and I'm like, "MOAR BOOKS!"  This entire paragraph has nothing to do with The Iron King, I'm sorry to say.  I'm just babbling.

Meghan really came alive for me once she took a stand and made the choice to willingly step into a world of fairies to save to her little brother.  She shoved aside her fear and did what she had to do.  I love that.  Puck confuses me.  I can see a deep attraction to Meghan in him but at the same time he hides it.  Is it because of his place in the Summer Court or is there some other reason?  I adored Ash.  There's something about his unwillingness to betray his oath that got to me.  I get that his word is his bond and breaking it could have dire consequences for him, but it still made me give him a second look.  I admire nobility.  Especially in the Fey.  Maybe that was it.  I never got the feeling that he was trying to trick Meghan.  He said what he was going to do and he stuck to it.  I can't think of a time when he tried to wiggle out of a commitment he made.

All in all, this was a fun, fantastic read that plunges us into the world of the Fey and sends us on a wild ride.  The sometimes brutal, sometimes bloody, always living lands of the Summer and Winter courts made a good foil for the stark, bleak world of the Iron Fey.  Meghan's journey is just beginning and I'm glad I decided to see where the story will take me.

More books by Julie Kagawa

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge, The YA Reading Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
The Iron King was a free download from MiraInk the week of 02/13/11.

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