Sunday, September 9, 2012

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

I'm very sorry for my long absence, combining school with life is harder than I expected.
While sorting through my goodreads account yesterday I came across an old review. Seeing I absolutely loved this book I though it would be nice to share it with you guys.

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 tells the story of Meghan, a 16-year-old girl. She never understood why she always felt like she didn't fit in, until she finds out about fairies. And that her life is tied together with their world more than she could ever have imagined.

"Me? Die? Didn't they tell you, princess? I'm Robin Goodfellow."

At first I was a bit wary of reading this book, because it is so similar to A Midsummer Night's Dream. However, Kagawa manages to create a complete new world, with only the same old names. And I like it.
The writing was amazing, the Nevernever so beautifully described I felt like I could almost touch it.
The story was even better. This was a true fairytale, not the usual bittersweet love story, but a spark of beautiful hope in a void world.
The Nevernever, filled with dangerous creatures wanting to eat you and manipulating Fey hoping for you to say two words, signing a binding contract. Thank you.
Julie Kagawa is a genius.

"Bravo," said Grimalkin, peering down from Cold Tom's chest. "The Winter prince and Oberon's jester agreeing on something. The world must be ending."

The characters are amazing.
Meghan. Brave, stubborn, selfless. She's a likeable character, a character you can't help but empathize with. Even though she is a tad naive and has the bad habit to freeze when things are coming to eat her.
Ash and Puck, two Fey with a shared troubled past.
Grimalkin though, he steals the show. A big, sarcastic talking cat. I mean, how can people not like that? HOW?! Days after finishing the book I still wondered whether Grimalkin is a good guy or a bad guy. Only one way to find out.

The only reason why I felt a bit uncomfortable while reading was the relationship between Ash, Puck and Meghan. Still, a love triangle. While it wasn't necessary for the story.

I'm definitely reading the other books in the series, I can't wait to find out more about the Nevernever, Meghan, Puck, Grimalkin and Ash in particular...

You must get your hands on this one. Promise me.

My rating of this book

Ordered it. Glad I was smart enough to buy the entire series at once.

Other links
Find this book on Goodreads
Visit Julie Kagawa's website here

~ Sylke


  1. Yup you were smart, while I still need to read book 3

  2. Never read this series, but really want eventually. Have so much more to read as well, but this is highest on the wish list;) Love your review, good work:)

  3. You should order it soon then, Blodeuedd ;)

    This series is amazing Elin, I hope you'll enjoy it! Thank you :)

  4. I bought this one purely because I loved the cover (shallow I know lol.) iI'm probably in the minority but I wasn't a fan so didn't continue with the series.

  5. I really love this series but that's mostly because I'm the big child and I love everything that has to do with faeries. The second book in this series wasn't so good for me. All in all I do love this series.

    Marlene Detierro (Air Medical Transport)


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