“Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.”
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: February 1st, 2010
My Copy: Privately bought.
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Even though I love getting lost in Paranormal Romance with its alpha males and animal magnetism, it’s great to give yourself to an YA novel/series, especially with so many amazing new ones out there. I had heard wonderful things about “The iron King” (TIK) and after i got its sequel from NetGalley, I just had to bump it up on my TBR pile.
As I have expressed before, the Fey are my least favorite subject in the PNR, UF and YA literary world. They don’t suck, but they definitely don’t have me running to the bookstore either.
I really enjoyed TIK, but it wasn’t the amazing feat that so many people told me it was. It’s a great and exciting read, with well developed characters and a lot of action, but it really didn’t have me swooning over it.
Meghan has never suspected, but she is the daughter of a human and the Summer Fey king. She gets to make this extraordinary discovery when her little half-brother is exchanged by a changeling and the creature attacks her.
That’s when she finds out her best friend is actually Puck, Robin Goodfellow from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and that he has been there to keep her ignorant to the Fey and from them. She demands he takes her to the Nevernever in search of her brother and plans to bring him back home safely.
I really enjoyed the depth of the characters and that it was easy to get behind Meghan’s plea. She is a great leading lady and I was really glad the book was written in first person and we got to be with her inside her head.
We do get some romance with the Winter Prince Ash, but I don’t trust him at all, even though i want to and hope he proves himself in the future.. Puck is obviously in love with her, but she doesn’t even know it… This will certainly get people separating themselves in Team Ash or Team Puck LOL.
For me the most interesting part of the world Julie Kagawa created was The Iron Fey, who are the antithesis to the old Fey for they come from the evolution of technology and the imagination of a world that worships computers.
All in all, I have to say that I really enjoyed TIK and will be reading its sequel “The iron Daughter” next. If you are into YA books with supernatural/paranormal themes, you definitely should give Julie’s Iron Fey series.
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