Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Iron King 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.

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I have to say that I did not like the Iron King as much as everyone else has.  It might just be that it was so built up that I expected it to be exceptional.  That said, I did still enjoy it.  The characters were likable.  Once I got to the middle of the book and the introduction of the Iron Fey, I was impressed.

Think about it: faeries are normally pretty immortal.  The one thing that can harm them is iron.  Now, what happens if you have a new faction of faeries that are made of iron?  That’s right.  It adds a whole new mind-boggling dimension to faerie life.

Meghan’s little brother is kidnapped by faeries.  With the help of her best friend, Robbie, Robin Goodfellow (Puck), Meghan enters the faerie realm to find him.  She also discovers that she is the daughter of Oberon, Summer King.  What follows is court intrigue, lots of traveling through the faerie realms, and the discovery of the Iron Fey (who the faerie kings and queens don’t even know about).

Meghan picks up a few friends along the way: a cat sidhe, and one of the winter princes, Ash.  As the daughter of the summer king, Meghan and Ash should be enemies, but they are still drawn to one another.  Hence, the forbidden love that the cover promised.

Things I liked about this book: the Iron fey, Meghan’s little brother Ethan, Ash (how you couldn’t tell whether he wanted to kiss or kill Meghan), and the cover.

Things I did not like: the amount of time spent “traveling”.  I feel like we spent most of the story traveling from one dimension of the Nevernever (fairyland) to another.  I guess it gave us plenty of descriptions into a new world, but I hope Iron Daughter gets more to the point.  I would have liked more dialogue so I could see Meghan and Ash getting to know one another better.  I also loved that Meghan was supposed to be a computer whiz-that’s not a hobby we see much in our heroines, yet it did not come to play in the story at all.  Maybe next book.

4 Stars

368 pages

Released: February 1, 2010

Teaser quote: “No one touches her,” Ash said, his voice coated with frost. 

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