Thursday, October 22, 2015

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)Title: The Iron King
Series: The Iron Fey, #1
Author: Julie Kagawa
Category: Fantasy/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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.

My Review

What can I say about the first book I have ever read by Kagawa? That I absolutely enjoyed it!  It was such a wonderful read.  I think it was the world that Kagawa built that swept me away. I adored the faery world she created and woven so meticulously into modern society.  It was rich in imagination. 
“You made me feel alive again.” 
I found Meghan to be a main character who I instantly liked. I loved that she was so willing to do what she must for her brother. She never pauses to help those she loves. I always admire that in characters. And Meghan proved to be smart. In a world filled with characters just waiting to take advantage of her, she did her best to always be ready for anything. Never really allowing those to take advantage of her. 

So I’m also now an official Ash girl. Hand me the bumper sticker, the coffee mug, and the t-shirt. I’m full-fledged now! I want a pillow shaped like him; so I can sleep with him every night! Though Ash does give you the hot and cold attitude at the beginning, his dark allure kept pulling me in. And despite his shifty attitude, I could feel he really was a great character. So I really can’t wait to learn even more about him. 

The book is filled with a diverse range of very interesting characters. Human, faery, and mythology.  I did fall for Puck as well. I loved his humor and how he always made tense situations not so, well, tense. The variety of characters was refreshing. 
“As cities grow and technology takes over the world belief and imagination fade away and so do we.” 
The only thing I didn’t enjoy, or couldn’t truly like, was the pacing of the story. It was very much rushed. Events happening without pause. Meghan was readily swept into the fey world, almost too easily.  But despite that, the book grabbed my attention and sucked me into a world I loved getting lost into.

I am so glad I finally picked this one up and I can’t wait till I can pick up the next one. I’m really curious to see just where Meghan, Ash, and Puck are now. 


  1. It is a very fast paced read, action around every corner! I am glad you love Ash, I did too! The broody men always appeal to me! Great review girl, look forward to your thoughts on more books in this series!

  2. YES! Welcome to Team Ash! It is a lovely team where we oogle over dark haired boys with icy hands. He is really good at bringing the swoon that one and just you wait to see just how swoony he can be GAH I loves him. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. Great review!

  3. i love a good world building, and this one sounds so exciting. The pacing though, eak

  4. Been iffy about starting this one. But I like your review. You make me want to pick this up asap. Ash seems like a really hot character lol if you want a pillow shaped like him. I don't mind hot and cold behavior with guys in books, it makes them more dark and edgy I think. That's just crazy me though. Great review!


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