The Iron King (Review)

Book cover for "The Iron King" by Julie Kagawa.Title: The Iron King

Author: Julie Kagawa

Publication Year: 2010

Pages: 368

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library From the cover:

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.

I had heard tons of great things about this series a few years ago when it first came out, but I kind of ignored it. I tend to stay away from the uber popular YA series (or one-off books) when they first come out. Maybe it’s the hype I try to stay away from? Or maybe it’s because I always have so many books that I plan to get to, that they get pushed to the bottom of the list? I’m not sure.

Either way, it took me until now to get around to reading The Iron King. And when I finally did, I was a bit disappointed that I had waited so long. Kagawa did an absolutely fantastic job with this book. I love reading about supernatural creatures, but the fae have never really been something I’m that interested in. That’s changed a bit lately, in large part due to this series. I loved, in particular, the mixing of traditional fairy stories – the Seelie and Unseeli courts, for instance – with the modern interpretation that the author threw into the mix. Adding a fairy race that’s based on new technology, and that’s impervious – even strengthened? – by iron, something that’s usually seen as deadly to fae, was a rather interesting twist. I didn’t love the way that so many of the iron fae were shown as being evil or wanting to destroy the rest of the fae, but I understood why it had to be that way to fit into the story.

I also loved the use of characters from myth and literature in the book. It was fun to have Robin turn out to be Puck, and to watch him acting like a trickster with Meghan and everyone else. But it also wasn’t overplayed, which I think was important.

Definitely pick up this series if you haven’t already. I wish I hadn’t waited so long.


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