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Friday, June 8, 2012

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Published: September 2011
Source: Publisher for review

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.

I'm so late to the Iron Fey party, I know, but I made up for it last month when I read the whole series and loved it! I wasn't sure what to expect but I had high expectations after shelving The Immortal Rules as a 2012 favourite. While I prefer Kagawa's latest book over this series, I still think it was very enjoyable, thanks to another mythical world and well-developed group of characters with great chemistry.

Meghan Chase will be turning sixteen in 24 hours and has plans to make Scott Waldron finally notice her. She's always been teased for her "poor clothes" and lack of friends besides Robbie Goodfell, her cheeky protector, and is practically ignored by everyone around her, even her family, like they've forgotten she exists. After her four year old brother, Ethan, is attacked by something in his closet, Meghan discovers that a changeling has taken his place and that she must enter Nevernever to rescue him. She can finally see through glamour and learns that her real father is the King of Seelie Court too. I truly loved exploring this world of Kagawa's, filled with creatures I've never heard of and exciting Court politics. It's Seelie versus Unseelie and, trust me, there's a lot of bad blood between them. Oh, fun! This world is so detailed and exciting, but also manages to leave room for expansion in future books!

Queen Mab of Unseelie Court has a son. Well, several actually, but we only care about one! He's the gorgeous and complicated Prince Ash who's heart is as cold as the land of ice he lives in. He's a character who you would normally dislike, but knowing that he becomes Meghan's love interest, you give him a chance and it's so worth it. Ash completely ensnared my heart and had me constantly swooning at his dark, handsome self. In direct contrast, Robbie (aka THE Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream) is relaxed, easy-going and absolutely hilarious. I promise he'll make you laugh more than once with his well-timed jokes! Meghan has her hands full with both, as they try to defeat the darkness slowly taking over Nevernever, and it was a dream watching them interact. Meghan has almost opposite kinds of relationships with the boys, who also share a dark and hate-filled history together. Mysterious and suspenseful, much?

You know, I love a book that gives you a lot to talk about. Sure, reviewing's tough because there's so much to filter through, but it means the author's done an amazing job creating a world and story with so many layers and corners to explore. From the adorably mean Grimalkin (hello, kitty…) to badass fights with iron fey, The Iron King always entertains. The painful moments from the romance are just as mouth-watering as the intense highs, and just about every single character in this book, good or evil, is memorable. This is a fast-paced read you'll have no trouble getting addicted to!

Let me just say that it's very strange reviewing a series that almost everyone's read already LOL. Are you a fan? ;)

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