The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages (Paperback): 363
Series: The Iron Fey (Book 1)
Read Next: The Iron Daughter
Genre: Fantasy (Faeries)
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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 Iron King is a brilliant debut from author Julie Kagawa; it is a mystifying start to a fantastic series. There is so much to be said about this book that I am not sure where to begin.
The hardest part about reading this book was the speed at which we were introduced into the world. It is always a unique experience to learn things about the world (i.e. The World of Fey in this case) as the character(s) learn about them. I understand that Meghan is a strong, dedicated heroine but it is hard to believe she is as successful as she, given the speed and haste at which everything about Nevernever is thrown at her. There were times, in the begining, it was hard for me to keep up and I wasn't fighting for my life.
But that doesn't erase the magnetism this book holds over me. The character introductions were smooth and transistioned with great detail.
"...tall and lean, garbed in silver and black. A dark cape fluttered from its shoulders. Through the rain, I caught the barest glimpse of a face: young, pale, strikingly handsome..."
Julie Kagawa has a way with words and in my heart and mind, has created a wonderful male support lead when she developed Prince Ash. Dark and brooding, the iciness of his heart melts away in his obvious desire for the lovely Meghan. But the fragile companionship that Meghan, Puck, and Ash all share is tried and tested in the action and adventure the small group encounters in their haste to save the Nevernever and her brother.
Magical and entrancing, The Iron King, has a well rounded cast of characters with a well-paced action, albeit a hasrh introduction to the world. Within this one book, Meghan risks it all and makes the sacrifices that win her a place in my heart as a wonderful heroine.
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