Review: The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa
Meghan Chase’s life turns upside down on her 16th birthday when her brother is suddenly kidnapped by faeries. Still reeling with shock at discovering the existence of a mythical race, Meghan is forced to enter the Nevernever, the home of the fey, with her best friend in order to rescue her sibling. On her journey, Meghan will have to face everything from dangerous faery creatures to the ultimate forbidden love. The Iron King is a GraveTells Fave!
- Title: The Iron King
- Series: The Iron Fey- book #1
- Author: Julie Kagawa
- Prominent Characters: Meghan, Puck, Ash
- Recommended Reader Age: 13+
- Sexual Content Level: Very little, practically none
- Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Romance
*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***
Julie Kagawa has created an amazing new addition to the YA paranormal genre. It is, without a doubt, one of the best reads I’ve come across.
At the start of the book, the author introduces us to our heroine, the 15 going on 16 year old Meghan Chase. Her life is pretty normal; she goes to school, has a crush on a jock, but doesn’t quite fit in. On her sixteenth birthday, however, everything changes for Meghan. Her brother is taken…only it’s not humans behind the crime. Enter Meghan’s best friend, Robbie. Turns out he’s been keeping more secrets than Meg ever imagined. He’s a faery, or more accurately, “Robin Goodfellow”, also known as Puck (Yes, THE Puck), sent to watch over Meghan by her father. And Meghan’s father isn’t just any faery. He’s the king of the Seelie court, aka the Summer court… which makes Meghan half-faery herself, and also a princess. But Meghan has no time to adjust to these life-changing revelations; she needs to get her brother back.
Despite the fact that she’s in way over her head, Meghan, with the help of Puck, enters the Nevernever, home to the Seelie and Unseelie courts, to find her brother and bring him home safely. It’s there that she meets Prince Ash, one of the princes of the Winter Court. Sparks fly between Meghan and Ash, but the Winter Prince is a mysterious, cold guy (no pun intended) who doesn’t want to have feelings for Meghan. The two strike a bargain, and Ash joins Meghan and Puck on the quest to rescue Meghan’s brother.
I absolutely loved the interactions between Meghan and Ash. The scenes where they were alone together contained some of my favorite moments in the entire book. I dare you to not swoon over the gorgeous Ice Prince! *winks* Also along for the journey is a cat named Grimalkin, Grim for short, who is all around just a great character.
I love that Julie was able to successfully combine romance, drama, and humor into the story; there’s a perfect amount of each one. And she also manages to keep things fast-paced, and includes plenty of action so the story doesn’t drag. I thought the concept of the iron fey was fascinating and very original, too. Typically, iron is a faerie’s greatest weakness, so having a group of fey actually made of iron is intriguing. Major props to Julie for coming up with such a unique idea!
A small glimpse of the true Prince Ash
Then I made a stupid mistake and looked up at him. His eyes met mine, and for a moment, his face was open and vulnerable in the moonlight. I caught a hint of wonder there as we stared at each other. Slowly, he leaned forward. I caught my breath, a tiny gasp escaping. He stiffened, and his expression shuttered closed, eyes going hard and frosty.
“This is getting old,” he said in a voice that matched his eyes.
“What is that?”
“A hunt,” Puck replied, looking off into the distance. He grimaced. “You know, I was just thinking we needed to be run down like rabbits and torn apart. My day just isn’t complete without something trying to kill me.”
If you liked the Iron King…
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is another great YA book that features faeries. It’s the first in the Wicked Lovely series, and is darker than the Iron Fey series, but it’s a complex world with plenty of romance and drama.
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black. It’s the first book in the YA Faeriewalker series and is pretty similar to the Iron King, but is still unique.
It’s not often that I come across a book that captivates me like The Iron King does. I was completely invested in the story and the characters, and I still re-read it occasionally, just so I can go back and visit those amazing characters. It’s one of those books that grabs your attention and is nearly impossible to put down. This is a must-read for every lover of paranormal romance/young adult books! Read it! ASAP!
Rating: The Iron King
- Buy The Iron King: Amazon
- http://www.juliekagawa.com/ (Julie’s website)
- http://juliekagawa.blogspot.com/ (Julie’s blog)
- Read the GraveTells review of The Iron Knight, the stunning conclusion to this series!