REVIEW The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (Iron Fey Series #1) by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin

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.

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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  1. This one has been on my list sort of . . . so I'll get to it soon! OH and POKE! thanks for entering the contest!

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  3. I love this series! It's the only faery series I like and continue to read. The Iron Daughter and The Iron Queen are just as good. I just love Ash! I put all three on my best of 2010 list. (And if you didn't already know, you can read the ARCS on NetGalley.) Glad you liked it, too 🙂

  4. Lady Q-I grabbed The Iron Queen on netgalley a while back, getting ready to read The Iron Daughter…can't wait!

  5. I can't believe I haven't read this series yet! Sounds so awesome!

  6. Aylee-
    I'm late getting to it as well, lol! It's absolutely wonderful!

  7. Totally team Ash here, but I agree it is an awesome book.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  8. Brandi-
    I can't decide, LOL! I like Puck's sense of humor, but Ash is just, well, sexy 😀

  9. I seriously need to start this series soon. I've heard wonderful things and all the covers are just so pretty! I've never read a book containing faeries so this is uncharted waters for me!

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