Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Review: The Iron King - Julie Kagawa

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4 stars
Cover Rating: 5 stars (Very nice and icy and eye-catching)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: February 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Page Count: 363 p.

Meghan's father disappeared one day when she was six. He wasn't murdered he just vanished. She always felt like she was different from everyone else. Not just because her dad was gone and her step-dad didn't acknowledge her, but because every now and then something bizarre will happen. Though she knows she is strange she would have never have thought that her strangeness comes from being half fey. Meghan doesn't even want to believe that fey can exist, but when her brother goes missing she has no choice but to face the truth and get him back.

The Brothers Grimm would be proud. Julie Kagawa crafts a genuinely haunting fairy tale, full of blood, guts and romance. I really loved this book; it was so creepy and awesome! I can't believe I have to wait until August for a sequel. Honestly if you love fantasy and are not faint of heart you must read this book. There were things that bothered me, like how indecisive of her feelings Meghan was. One second she didn't believe, then she did, then she didn't. It was tricky to keep up with how she was feeling. As soon as the story got going however she seemed to just except that what was happening was, in fact, happening. I loved all the characters; they were fun, frisky and crass. I loved Puck! Although there were definitely elements of other stories in this novel, Julie made it her own with her vivid writing style. I don't want to give too much away but there are winter fey, a cat (think Cheshire), monsters, steampunk fey, summer fey, love interests, goblins, ogres, mermaids, sirens and so many more mythical creatures that everyone is sure to get their faeryland fix. This was a brilliant debut by Julie and I look forward to continuing to read her over and over again.

First Line:
"Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared."

Favorite Line:
"Dark blood exploded in a fine spray, filling the air with a sickening coppery smell."


  1. Awesome review! I'll read this book soon, it's already in my bookshelf :)

  2. Okay, I'm gonna have to read it now!

  3. Wow awesome review! I wasn't sure about this one, but now I'm definitely going to have to read it :)

  4. I'm looking forward to buying and reading this one! Great review - there's a PUCK in there? I <3 Puck from Glee. All the more reason to read this! :)

  5. I liked your review of this. I have it on my TBR list and hopefully I'll get to read it soon. I am interested in the different ways that YA authors portray faeries. I read Wondrous Strange and really enjoyed that but didn't like Melissa Marr's books as much.


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