Monday, August 1, 2011

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

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

Release Date: February 1st 2010
Publisher: Harlequin
Page Count: Paperback, 363 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

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. - Good Reads

I discovered this book in my local library in the Young Adult section, which is my lurking place of choice.

 This is the first book in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kawaga. This particular world is based on the fantasy of William Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, but brings a new and fascinating light to it. I'm all about fairy lore, so you can imagine I really loved this series.

This book is definitely not a stand-alone. It's basically the foundation for things to come in the books that follow. When I first finished reading The Iron King, I felt a tad bit disappointed. Where was the romance? There was romance, but it felt unbelievable to me. I'm a romance junkie, so that put me off a little.

The characters and lore of the book were done wonderfully. Kagawa is very good with painting a fascinating scenery. She doesn't overdo it to the point where I want to skip past drawn out descriptions, which is a big deal to me. The characters again, were very well done. Meghan Chase is easy to identify with most of the book, though I felt in the first half of the book she was full of angst and could be a little bit too whiny for my tastes, but when you look at the situations she's facing, I'm sure I might have acted in a similar fashion. She improved and grew throughout the book. I loved Robbie's character and was glad to see Puck again in literature, as I usually am! My favourite character of this particular book though was Grimalkin. Ash was brooding, mysterious and a plain 'ol jerk - the set up for a really good romantic hero - I just didn't feel it much in this book. I definitely felt enough of a connection with the characters to care enough about what would happen to them in the next book though.

This definitely was a good read though! I loved it.

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