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Monday, July 19, 2010

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa


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.


Meghan is an outcast at her school, either people don’t even notice she’s there or they take great pleasure in tormenting her, her best friend Robbie is the only exception. Sweet sixteen is suppose to be the day of your life, but Meghan’s sixteenth birthday has a sour after taste when on top of being humiliated at school, she gets home to find her mom injured and her brother in an violent tantrum. Life as she always knew it is now over, and it might not be for the best…

I find it kinda hard reviewing this book because it is so unique. The best way I can think of to describe this world is Alice in Wonderland turned into Faery, where countless weird creatures are out there to eat you. The story really begins when Meghan crosses an hidden door in her 4 years old brother’s closest to land in Nevernever: The Faery world. She then starts an epic journey full of creepy creatures, magic and adventure.

Our protagonist is driven but oh so naive and will get herself in a lot more trouble than she bargained for. Thankfully, she has many companions helping her, with more or less shady intentions. One of my favorite is Grimwalkin, a Cait Sith (magical cat). He is corky and smart, we don’t really know what his ultimate goal is, but he appears and disappears as he pleases, with amazing timing. His dry humor really worked for me. Puck and Ash, respectively Summer fey and Prince of the Winter Fey, will also accompany Meghan in her task. While Puck is selfless and friendly, Ash is dark and brooding, and he might be Meghan’s demise.

While there is a touch of romance, the biggest part of the story is about adventure in a weird and foreign realm where motley creatures crashes into each other  to amaze the reader. The journey the main characters live will change them forever and I really enjoyed watching them grow. The end isn’t a deadly cliffhanger but you really want to know more, because even thought quest comes to an end, there is a promise of much more to come. 

Kudos to Julie for creating such a marvelous world where each character is more prodigious than the next. I really had a great time  living their remarkable story and I can’t wait to learn more about the lot of them =)

Read an Excerpt

The Iron Fey series:

The Iron King
Winter’s Passage
The Iron Daughter

Book Stats:

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Original edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210084 The Book Depository


    Book Source: Harlequin for review.

  • Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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    8 People left their mark' :

    1. One of those you can really "sink your teeth into" and I am NOT a Fairy person - LOL - loved this book, wonderful review...now you have to read Winter's Passage and The Iron Daughter - the Iron Daughter is AMAZING...even better than The Iron King, I thought anyway! :) I cant wait to see what you think!

    2. This book is absolutely amazing. I adore it! Honestly, I hope it starts to get the hype that Twilight did because it definitely deserves it. The Iron Daughter is even better than the Iron King. And you definitely need to read Winter's Passage if you haven't!

    3. I just finished this one as well and really liked it! It's so different from the supernatural stories that I've been reading, and I found it refreshing in it's whimsy. Really nice review!

    4. Great review!!! I still haven't read this one yet. I think I am going to order it at the end of the week! Thanks for reviewing it.

    5. Great review! I really liked The Iron King it was definitely filled with a lot of adventure.

    6. Enjoyed your review! I love this series, so glad that you liked it too! Grim was my favorite character as well. Love that cat!

    7. I am all about romance but I also enjoy a book which hasn't been taken over by it. Sounds good