Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Review of The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa





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The Iron King (Iron Fey #1)

Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 363
Publication Date: Feb. 1, 2010












Back Cover

Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.


First Lines

"Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared.”


My Thoughts


Hmmm…where should I begin? I think I’ll start with this: I went into The Iron King with a little hesitation. After all, I had heard SO many great things about the book, and I was afraid that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. Turns out, my doubts were unfounded. The Iron King is honestly one of the best YA books I’ve read in awhile. I can’t remember the last time I stayed up all night just so I could finish a book I’d started a few hours ago.

First of all, I know that the YA paranormal romance/urban fantasy genre has been growing by leaps and bounds. While that’s great for all of us fantasy lovers, it also means that themes, plots, and characters get a bit repetitive after awhile. I was afraid the this would be the case with The Iron King, since faeries are extremely popular right now. But I found that this book was unique—it offered an interesting perspective on the faery world, as well as characters that I fell in love with.

You guys know those books that just grab you? The ones that have you screaming at the characters, telling yourself ‘just one more page and I’ll turn off the lights?’ This is one of those books. I loved the characters, which any of you who read this blog frequently know is high praise for me.

The only complaint I have at all about this book is that the beginning was a liiiiiittle bit slow for me. But I understand that this happens with a lot of first-in-a-series books, as it's necessary for the author to establish the characters and the background before jumping into the main plot.

And (of course) I can’t finish off my review without putting my two cents in on the Puck vs. Ash controversy. Frankly, I’m completely and utterly frustrated with myself. Why? Because I can’t seem to make up my mind. One second my heart’s melting at a scene between Ash and Meghan, and the next I’m wishing she’d throw Puck’s snarky little ass up against the wall and kiss him senseless. At the moment, I’m completely wishy-washy on the subject, and I hate myself for it!
This is a book I think most of you will (or should) end up buying. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that with confidence. Pick up this one as soon as you get a chance. I think you’ll find it well-worth it!


In a Sentence

The Iron King is an excellent debut novel—a must read for any fantasy lover!


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2 comments:

  1. I just read this book and felt the same way on Ash vs. Puck. I think I'm leaning a little more towards Puck since he knows her the best and seems to care for her more. I have the second one on my Hold list from the library so we'll see how that opinion holds. :)

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  2. Hi Natalie, I am using your review for a scavenger hunt. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series, I love the covers but not my cup of tea.

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