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

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6644117Meghan 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.

 

I…..have mixed feelings over this one. It started out really good, but then it just sort of….tanked. It was really weird how that happened, because I thought that it was 5 star quality until about the last 20% of the book. HOW can a book stay SO good for SO long and then just flop like that?! I’m just a bundle of emotions right now.

I liked how the book first started out with Meghan living in the real world. The first several chapters had an almost mellow, dark quality to them that really helped set up the foundation for when Meg entered the Nevernever. When she finally did enter the Nevernever, I was absolutely blown away. The pictures and details that Kagawa created were outstanding! I mean, seriously! I could see everything that I was reading in my mind. Just gorgeous!

The Iron King had just the right amount of fantasy and disbelief, but it also had that humanity to it that reaches into your heart and breaks it into itty bitty pieces. There were moments that were very cold and distant, as the Fae are often portrayed, but there were also moments that showed the Fae to be more than fairytales describe them to be. I loved the way that Meg brought out those emotions in the Fae around her.

For most of the entire book, I felt like I was in a cross between Alice in Wonderland meets Wizard of Oz meets The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Normally that wouldn’t really be my taste, but trust me when I say that it worked. It’s not a retelling at all, but it was definitely like being in some mythical, magical land that only exists in dreams.

As far as the characters go, I was on the fence. Well, let me rephrase, I was on the fence with the main characters. All of the supporting characters were amazing. I thought that the real downer of the book was Meg. There was just something about her. She was a little whiny, a little pathetic, and a lot annoying. If that makes much sense. I also wasn’t the biggest fan of how lacking in power she seemed to be. I know, I know, the book goes on and on and on and on about how powerful Meg truly is and how everyone is afraid of her because of what she can do. SO WHAT? What did she REALLY do in this book? I’ll tell you what she did, a fat load of nothing! I was waiting for some epic showdown where Meg realized her full potential. Yea, no, that didn’t happen. Not once. It was really a downer. I know that there are several books in this series, but that doesn’t mean that nothing major shouldn’t happen in the first book!

As far as the two male characters, Puck and Ash, I’ve read about better male characters. There was nothing overly special about either one of them. And, while there wasn’t a love triangle in this book, I’m dreading the one that I know will inevitably happen sometime during the series. I am not a fan of love triangles!!!!! There was nothing super sexy or interesting about either of the boys in my eyes. Hopefully that picks up in the next books so I don’t get annoyed with them all over again.

Overall, I thought that this was a okay book in what could be a (hopefully) amazing series. I definitely am interested in continuing the series, but I’m also not rushing out to nab all of the books at once. It was good……just not great. And maybe a bit too much weird for my personal taste. But I can see why this is a favorite series for some people, and I would definitely recommend it!

 

Pages: 363

Publication Date: February 1st 2010

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Rating: [rating: 3]