The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa The Iron King

363 pp.  Harlequin Teen  2010  ISBN: 978-0-373-21008-4

Source: Purchased

Summary (From the publisher): 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.

I’ve read nothing but good things about The Iron Fey series on Twitter, blogs, Goodreads, etc. so I decided to give it a try.  I think I started reading The Iron King in December, or at least the winter.  Honestly, I’m really picky about faerie stories.  I have no idea why because I love fantasy.  I enjoyed The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney.  I started Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin and was enjoying it, but I stopped reading it and I don’t remember why.  That’s my thing, though.  I’ve noticed that quite a few faerie books are easy for me to put down and pick up later, if at all.  I haven’t given up on them though!

While there were times that I thought about giving up on The Iron King, I changed my mind once I got through the first 75 pages or so.  I was more interested in the story when Megan finally met Ash.  It took a while to build the plot and the characters, but Ash added something extra.  Plus, Megan meets Ash after some very interesting secrets about her life were unveiled.  It took a while, but I’m glad I stuck with it.

Now on to the good stuff!  I enjoyed just about every scene with Puck, especially once Megan meets Ash.  You see, awesome happens when Ash is a bigger part of the story!  Anyway, Puck has a very witty sense of humor that I loved.  He pairs well with Megan because she is awfully sarcastic and full of comebacks.  And Grimalkin?!  I love that sneaky little cat.  Nothing gets past him and he’s full of wit as well.  Then, of course, there’s Ash.  He’s dark and brooding and mysterious.  Sometimes Megan can see beneath is icy exterior (Ha! I love puns) and gets the feeling that he’s capable of love and affection.  But most times he’s reminding her that they’re enemies.  Puck and Ash don’t get along either, so I’m sensing a possible love triangle.

I’m still on the fence about the Iron Fey.  I’m not going to go too much into detail because that will spoil parts of the book, but the word “hokey” comes to mind.  I’m just not sold on the whole idea, although I understand the reasons for including it in the story.

All in all, this was a pretty good book.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read The Iron Daughter, but my mind changed as soon as I read the last two pages of The Iron King.  I need to get The Iron Daughter pronto!

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