Monday, March 29, 2010

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Iron King
Series: Iron Fey – Book 1
Author: Julie Kagawa
No. of Pages: 363
Release Date: 1st February 2010


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.

My Thoughts:

The Iron King doesn’t live up to the surrounding hype in my opinion.

It’s all been done before, daughter of Oberon, the close friend Puck, the trek through faeryland and a changeling somewhere in the midst of it all. The Iron King has its high points and there was a good plot driving the story, but I couldn’t help but get the feeling of déjà vu.

Meghan’s brother is taken by someone from faeryland and replaced with a changeling. Meghan who has never fit into the society around her finds out that her best friend, Robbie Goodfell, is actually the Puck of legend. She asks him to help her get her brother back. And so, the adventure ensues.

The start was a bit slow, but once we get out of the summer court The Iron King does get quite intriguing. The detail put into the book was very vivid and although a bit much at times, created a colourful image in my mind that I quite enjoyed exploring through the eyes of Meghan.

Meghan is a strong character, she is focused and wilful. And smart. That was the high point of The Iron King, Meghan wasn’t stumbling around waiting for people to save her, she actually figured things out for herself, and while making a few mistakes they weren’t the cringe worthy disasters I have grown so used to when it comes to YA adventure stories. She worked out exactly how to bargain with the fey, where to go and after being taught, tapping into her power source.

Meghan was also believable. At one point towards the end, she is tempted by an offer, and to be honest I probably would have had a tougher time saying no to what was on the table. Yes she was tempted, she’s half human. She didn’t take it, but she was tempted. She also wasn’t all over Ash, the love interest, she was able to stay focused on the task at hand, and although some tantalising flirting was explored, Meghan didn’t lose sight of what she was there to do.

Grimalkin, the cat, I loved him, so smart, so funny, so witty, so Cheshire. Every time he spoke I got the Cheshire cat in my head. I don’t know if Kagawa did it intentionally, but if she didn’t...

The only other point was the swearing. We were censored for the first part of the book, when her mother was around. But as soon as Meghan entered faeryland, it’s like the gloves were off no holds barred so to speak. The language that was used was not offensive in my opinion but considering the fact that we had the line “said a word my mother would have grounded me for” in the first part to full blown S-bombs in the second and third, it was just a little unexpected.

So The Iron King, intriguing, strong character – read it for Meghan in my opinion – a little cliché, funny and strong story. Anyone who like faeries will love it, anyone who likes smart characters who don’t need to be told what is right in front of their faces will love it, and anyone who likes Alice in Wonderland will love it as well.

Others in this series:
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen

Others who have reviewed this:
Tigers All Consuming Books
I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!

Available at:
Book Depository


Maria said...

I'm sorry you didn't like it more. I have only 50 pages left and so far I love it :D Great review!

Tribute Books said...

Must read,thanks

Julie@My5monkeys said...

Great review and loved the cat too along and I agree about the swearing..sometimes its a bit much in Young adult novels.

Anonymous said...

Nice Review- yours is the first Ive read that hasen't been a 5-star review. I loved your honest thoughts.

Thanks for participating with the BWB!

ParaJunkee said...

Thanks for the honesty. Total fangirl on this one though. Thought she brought it, same old story, different portrayal.

Emily said...

Honest reviews are always the best ones! I find that I agree with your points, too- while I definitely loved this book, I do think that if I'd read this book in a different mood or wasn't "ready" to read it, I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. This one spoke to me at the time though. Thanks for participating in Blog with Bite!

Lola said...

I am sorry you didn't enjoy it more, but I like your honesty! I totally fell for this one hook, line, and sinker! :P

bookaholic said...

I am really looking forward to reading this book and I feel kinda sad that you didn't like it that bad?

Justine said...

I've heard mixed reviews about it, but that's okay. Some books are just not for everyone. But I've only read one fey book and I've yet to start this one :)


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