Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Title: The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
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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For the first few chapters of this book I couldn't help but wonder if I was reading something different from everyone else. So many reviewers I trust rated this book highly and I was wondering if I was missing something.
At the start, Meghan is completely unlikable and whiny. She has a best friend that she treats terribly. I was really disappointed with how mean she was to Robbie at the start and I seriously wondered why he was even friends with her.
However, as this book progressed and I really got into the meat of it, I had a change of opinion. Or Meghan changed. Or both?
I started liking her a lot, despite the whole damsel-in-distress syndrome she suffered from throughout the first 85-90% of the novel.
Where Iron King started to shine was when Ash was around. He was an interesting and complex character (and the chemistry he had with Meghan didn't hurt!). Part III of this book was absolutely phenominal! I couldn't put it down.
While slow to start, the journey Kagawa takes you on is absolutely magical. I was skeptical about Nevernever at first, but as the story went on I felt as though I was really there. I didn't like Meghan at first, but later on I felt myself rooting for her and liking her and wanting things to work out for her. I even felt myself admiring her at the very end.
I immediately put the next three books in this series on hold at the library. I can't wait to dive in to them and continue Meghan's journey. And I want to see more Ash. And Puck. And Ash and Puck bantering together.
Yeah, all of that.
4 out of 5 stars.
Link to Kala's review on Goodreads: