The Iron King (Iron Fey Series #1) by Julie Kagawa
In a veritable sea of books about Faerie in the last year, The Iron King is a solid standout! Meghan Chase, 16, has always been a little different, especially since her father disappeared when she was only six. When her little brother is kidnapped, she must journey into Faerie, where dangers lurk around every corner. This was quite an adventure, filled with action and humor, and I have to admit, I had a hard time putting it down. The beginning reminded me a lot of the movie, Labyrinth (I may be dating myself with that, but there it is), in that she must journey to another world to save her brother, in spite of unknown dangers.
Ms. Kagawa’s take on Faery was very original, even while maintaining quite a few of the traditional elements. Her descriptions are lush and encompassing without taking over the page, and you really feel like you’re part of the story. The addition of the Iron Court (and its origins), was ingenious, and also incorporated a lot of steampunk elements, which I loved!
This book was just a lot of fun, and I haven’t read a first novel that was this well written in a long time. Meghan is a well fleshed out character, and her supporting cast is just as fun! I’m still not sure if I’m Team Puck or Team Ash (leaning toward Team Puck, but I rarely get my way!) If you haven’t read this one yet (I know, I’m a little slow on the uptake-I may be the only one that hasn’t already read The Iron Daughter), then get your hands on it ASAP!
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