By Julie Kagawa
amazon - paperback £4.12
Book Description (taken from goodreads)
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.
What a stunningly imaginative world Julie Kagawa has created in The Iron King, the first of the Iron Fey series. Kagawa’s vivid descriptions and inventive fey creations make The Iron King the winner of its genre. With her attention to detail and vibrant and evocative prose, Julie Kagawa takes her place among the greats of fantasy writing - her writing is reminiscent of classics such as Alice in Wonderland and moderns such as The Mortal Instruments.
I was completely swept up in the world of the fey, at once enchanted and terrified by the mercurial creatures and the realms they live in. Reeled in and hooked by the genuinely creepy and sinister beginning, I traversed The Iron King with awe, intrigued and utterly content to be there. The plot is unique and gripping, full of suspense, action and romance.
As far as characterisation goes… awesome. Meghan, the heroine, has the most character development. She was likeable from the get go, snarky and fun with those she was comfortable around and yet brimming with all the insecurities many teen girls possess. Despite her fear of the fey she dives into their world to save her little brother and it’s over the course of her journey that she gains the strength and confidence to match her bravery. The heroes of The Iron King, Puck and Ash, were fantastic. Puck was funny and mischievous and adorably cute, his loyalty to Meghan endearing and kind of hot. Speaking of hot. Hello Ash of the burning ice. Yum. Ash was the ultimate bad boy and I can’t wait to see where his character goes over the course of the other novels. My favourite secondary character has to be Grimalkin, who reminds me of the Cheshire Cat. He says and acts exactly how you imagine a cat would if he could talk. Arrogant, witty and occasionally just a little bit nice.
The iron fey characters were particularly distinct and ingenious. I loved the charming and cute pack rats and the terrifying Ironhorse and Iron King. Kagawa describes these characters so well I could see them crystal clear before me.
As you can tell from this review I was amazed by The Iron King and cannot believe it has taken me this long to read this novel. It is definitely the most captivating and beguiling novel I’ve read in a long time, and I’m now a HUGE fan of Julie Kagawa. I think she’s awesomesauce.
The Iron King gets my rarely given…
Ten Explosive Stars!