Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Category:  Fantasy
Release date: February 1st, 2010
Pages: 363 (Paperback)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Won
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.

From the time Meghan Chase steps foot into the world of Faery, it's not hard to tell that fantasy is Julie Kagawa's strong suit.  I'd been wanting to start this series for over a year, and as it turns out, I'm glad I did.  She wastes no time jumping into the action and adventure, leaving no way for you to guess what will happen next.

When the story first begins, Meghan seems like a naive young girl.  She's turning sixteen and she feels like her family had forgotten about her, bringing you back to the familiar story of Molly Ringwald's character in Sixteen Candles.  There were points where I got annoyed with this character easily.  She's clumsy and a little ignorant; even I knew exactly what was happening around her when it came to both faeries and the real world.

On the day of her birthday, her little brother is switched with a Changeling and with the help of her best friend- who turns out to be a very old, well-known faerie himself- she decides to travel to the land of Faery and rescue Ethan.  Puck, as her friend Robbie now calls himself, begins leading her to the Seelie court to his King, but they get separated along the way and now Meghan is leading the adventure on her own.  Lost and alone, she gets mixed up with evil little creatures, a Grimalkin who aids her along the way, and the Prince of the Unseelie court.  Prince Ash is the enemy, but when she makes a deal with him, he promises to help her find her brother with a large price to pay.

I thought that the author did an incredible job portraying the realm and courts, the physical features of each creature and the different personalities.  Since I'd gone into the book knowing some things about the creatures that Julie Kagawa mentioned, it was refreshing to be thrown back into the world after years of drifting away from it.  Though it's not the best book I've read including fey, the ending left me wanting more.

1 comment:

  1. I too have been waiting a while to read this book. I really don't know whats been stopping me, I just haven't picked it up! Great review, I love all the books on the fey. I am off to go get a copy =)