Sunday, August 28, 2011

Review #51: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Greetings once again my fantastic comrades :). Have a review for you tonight as well. Lets get started! :)

The Iron King is the first in the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. On Meghan Chase's 16th birthday, she comes home to find her little brother Ethan standing over their mom, holding a butter knife and grinning evilly. She finds out he has been stolen by the Fey, taken to their magical realm, called the Nevernever. Along with her best friend, she embarks on a journey that will change her and shape the Nevernever's future.

I have to be honest, at first I didn't like this book. I mean yes it was interesting, but I predicted the first two plot twists, and that is not good. But luckily that was early in the novel, and it got better and better. I absolutely love it now. The story is fantastic, and I confess I am in love with the world of the story. Kagawa borrows from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and builds a fantastic world upon it, layering and adding great characters. Apart from the beginning, of which I still hold contempt, the story is fantastically amazing. I enjoyed the ride it took me on, playing on my emotions in the best way possible. 

I think Meghan has become one of my literary heroes now. Her strength and her determination and loyalty make me admire her so much. Plus she has some great lines. But I just admire her character so much, and the journey she goes on is great to watch, you root for her. Puck, he is brilliant. I am in love with him and his wit and humor, and how much he cares for Meghan (although I wish it were me instead hehe). And I completely prefer him to Ash. *Sigh* Oh Ash. I mean, he's cool and all, and I understand why he was cold and kind of nasty for most of the book, but still, I think he's an ass. He really is. He only showed care for Meghan near the end. I can't find any real redeeming qualities in him. Maybe in the next book, but for now, I dislike him. I find Grimalkin utterly fascinating. He is quite complex, never knowing what his next move will be. I hope he's in the next book more, because I adore him. Oberon, oh god. I'm sorry, but he's an ass as well. I know he had good reasons for what he did, but I hate how he treated Meghan, just hated it. Yes, he's a literary character, and yes he's an adult, but I wanted to smack him. Titania on the other hand, I'm conflicted. Of the little time I saw her, I also wanted to smack her, but she also had good reasons as well for acting as she did. 

I absolutely adore Julie Kagawa's writing style. It's so fluid, and her world building was just flawless. I can't wait for the next book so I can see more of this fantastic world. I want to live there, despite the dangers. More Nevernever! 

If you love a good Fey novel, with some romance and action, pick this up. Love YA? Read this!

I'll next be reviewing The Strange Case of Finley Jayne/The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross.

Until next time, viva la literature!


  1. I have been wanting to read this series and now I think I will pick it up, sometime.

  2. Go for it, it's a great fey novel :)