Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Posted November 8, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King

by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Pages: 363
Published on February 1st 2010
by Harlequin Teen
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

3 Stars

I don’t even know how to start this review. I wanted to love this book so much because Julie Kagawa is awesome and I love the Blood of Eden series, but there’s just something about fairy books that doesn’t always work for me. And I’ll admit that I liked it quite a bit, but I didn’t love it. And it’s not even the fairies that are the reason for that.

First of all, I didn’t understand some references. They refer to A Midsummer Night’s Dream a lot and some characters are even from that but I don’t know what that story is. All I know now is that it’s from Shakespeare apparantly, but that’s it. I have no clue what it’s about or how the characters are called. Also, I’ve read a few fairy books so far and there seems to be one thing they all have in common. The Seelie and Unseelie Court. I don’t know if that’s just a part of the basic mythology of fairies or not, but it’s kind of stupid and confusing. And it makes it a bit unoriginal in my eyes. Why use the same stuff everybody else does? It’s fantasy, you can make it up! Other authors do that too with all the other paranormal beings like werewolves and vampires. Why not fairies? Be original, will ya? That’s so much more fun! I love that freedom you get when it’s fantasy. It’s not real, so you can just make stuff up and create creatures and worlds from the ground up and you can change existing beings as much as you like! And I would love to read a book about fairies that have wings. Why do they never have wings?

Anyway… The writing is great, but I expected that. The story, though some parts are not that original, is pretty cool and I liked the world of the Fey. World-building is no problem for Kagawa, so that’s awesome. I guess the things that made me not love the book were the romance and some of the characters. Meghan is the main character in this book and well… she’s okay. Sometimes she’s really smart and she can handle herself and she’s stubborn. With the right motivation anyway. But most of the time it feels like she needs to be saved by someone. And I hate that. I love it when the main character is a girl that can kick some serious ass and doesn’t need help or saving from anyone. Meghan is not like that. And I’m sorry, but I really don’t like Ash. He’s just… I don’t know I can’t stand him and I totally don’t get the romance between him and Meghan. I don’t like it, I don’t believe it and I don’t feel it. Now that I think about it, there are only two characters I do like. Puck and Grimalkin. Puck is a great friend and he’s so sweet and cool and he doesn’t blindly follow the main character. He thinks about what it would mean for him when he does something. He has a mind of his own. And Grimalkin… just an awesome cat. He’s so sneaky and cool and I wish my cats were like that. Oh and I like Ethan too, but he isn’t in the book that much.

To sum it up, I’d say that this is a pretty good book. Definitely one of the better ones in the fairy genre, but it has some unoriginal elements. I didn’t like most of the characters and the romance, but I did like how the book ended and I will read the sequel, just for Puck.

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3 responses to “Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

  1. I’m quite disappointed that you didn’t love this one as much as I did! I guess it might be because this was one of the first books I read from the YA genre (meaning I was basically a reading virgin at the time). I do sincerely agree that Puck’s crush-worthy! Grimalkin’s adorable.

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