Review: THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) 
Julie Kagawa
363 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: February 1st, 2010
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: LOVED

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.

The sound of faeries in a YA novel use to make me cringe. I have avoided all faery and magical creatures ever since Peter Pan and Harry Potter. After I started my blog, however, I thought I should give fearies a try. Now, I can’t wait to pick up The Iron Daughter (book 2).

Meghan Chase lives a boring life where everyone avoids her. She was never able to fit in, and has only one friend – Robbie, who’s her best friend, despite the fact that she’s never been to his house or met his parents. She soon finds out that Robbie…isn’t Robbie or what he seems.

When Meghan’s brother, Ethan, is kidnapped, no one knows. In his place there is an exact replica of Ethan, but a more violent one. No one can really tell the difference, but Meghan knows. And Meghan will do anything to get the real Ethan back, even exchange her own life.

With her friend Robbie, now called Puck, she sets off into the land of Nevernever – through her brother’s closet. Meghan is shocked by new secrets, the most shocking of all – Meghan Chase is not fully human, she’s half-fey. Nevernever is full of trouble, most creatures want to eat her, kill her, or do worse things. But the faery world is eroding, losing its lands to a new and powerful element – iron.

I made a mistake of not picking up The Iron King when it first came out. I like how its serious and suspensful, but has humor in the most unexpected places! I was hooked from the very first page, and I am already on the hold list for book two – The Iron Daughter.

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    September 30, 2010

    Hey girl! Great review :) I loved the suspense tone of this novel too. I have yet to pick up IRON DAUGHTER though :S

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    September 30, 2010

    I avoided fairies for a long time too, and didn't realize what I was missing with Iron King.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    September 30, 2010

    I've never really found any good faerie books over the years. A few titles here and there and they were good. Been thinking about this one for awhile. Might have to add it to my list.

    Great review!!

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    September 30, 2010

    Thanks for the review! I haven't picked this series up yet but I've heard from everywhere that it's amazing so I'm planning on snatching it. So glad you enjoyed it like you did!

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    Lea (YA Book Queen)

    October 3, 2010

    I still have this one sitting on my shelf…sounds like I need to read it soon! Awesome review :D

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    October 10, 2010

    Team Ash! I loved this book!! Have you read the short story? I still need to read the Iron Daughter.

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    Mishel (P.S. I Love Books)

    October 10, 2010

    I have this book waiting patiently to be read on my shelf at home. I'm definitely thinking I need to bump it up on my list of books to read! Loved the review =)

    P.S. I totally love the look of your blog. You probably designed it yourself and I wanted to say great job!

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    Imel Cullen

    February 8, 2012

    I'd read Iron King, oohh I love this faerie story…especially Ash…

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    March 7, 2012

    I got the whole series! XD I love reading about fearies/fey but im critical with it… hopefull this series inst a dissapointment!

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    January 18, 2013

    I unfortunately havent had a chance to read this series yet. :( I will have to remedy that!