THE IRON KING
The Iron Fey #1
Author: Julie Kagawa
Source: Personal Purchase
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (February 1, 2010)
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.
When this series first started back in 2010, I heard the hype around it. Everyone was raving about this series by this new author and I had no idea what they were talking about at first. After reading countless reviews on it, I finally broke down and purchased the first book in the series. Yes, I finally caved to the peer pressure from fellow blogger’s. While I am not a huge fan of Fae and fantasy, I am a huge fan of paranormal and romance. I saw the countless badges displayed across the blogs for Team Puck and Team Ash. I heard about the romance and adventure, but I was still skeptical on being able to enjoy it.
When I first started reading it, I let my feelings for this specific sub genre surface and tried not to like it. Yet, after just a few chapters of reading about Meghan and her sweet brother, Puck and his witty attitude, and even the mystery of the man on the horse, I f finally was sucked into the land of fantasy! I absolutely adored Puck for the first part of the book. While I wasn’t a fan of how he abandoned Meghan a few times, I still liked his humor and his carefree personality. Meghan was a great character as well. At first she had a hard time accepting the whimsical and out of the ordinary creatures, but she knew she had to face them if she had any chance of rescuing her younger brother from the evil that took him.
Ash was also a wonderful character in the book. While he could come across as cold and heartless at times, he grew on me pretty quickly. You could guess that he was hurt in the past and he was guarding a part of himself from Meghan. The sparks between the two were slow growing at first, but once they start to reach their destination, you could see that they were perfect for each other.
I still have the “human” part of me thinking that their are no such things as Fae and such, but now that I have read the first book in the series, I am starting to like the “mythical” part of my subconscious that is struggling to emerge now. I personally can’t wait to start the next book in the series titled, The Iron Daughter, and find out what is to come after the ending the author left me with!
Very Good! I would recommend this book! 4 STARS