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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 363
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy
Reading Level: 14 years old+
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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.
When I first started reading The Iron King, I wasn't very into it. There was something about the story's beginning that turned me off. And then, about 30 pages in, it was like someone had flipped the switch to 'on'. I couldn't put The Iron King down! Not even to eat!

The Iron King is filled with some truly complex and entrancing characters. Meghan, our female protagonist, is seriously kick ass. She traveled to an unknown, dangerous world to save someone she loved, even though she could have died in the process. She wasn't fearless by any means, but she pushed aside her fear, knowing what she needed to do and having the courage to do it. Puck--yes, the Puck-- helps Meghan along the way. He's a prankster and a jokester, and he cares really deeply for Meghan. I would be on his team, if Prince Ash wasn't in the picture. Ash is the prince of the Winter Court, and after he and Meghan make a deal, he tags along with them to help Meghan. Along the way, the two of them get closer than Ash would've liked, but he has no control over himself. Oh, Ash... he may be the prince of the Winter Court, but he had me melting!

Plus, Ash has the best line I have ever read in a novel, EVER:

"Touch her, and I'll freeze your testicles off and put them in a jar. Understand?"

Also, there's a talking cat named Grimalkin. That speaks for itself.

The Iron King is a whole new take on the fey, using the old lore and mythology, and throwing a completely new--and completely deadly--element to spice things up. I admit I really wasn't expecting the ending. I'm SO GLAD that I have the next books in the series, will start reading them soon! I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars.


  1. That line is hilarious! I wanted to read this so bad before and now can't wait. It looks like I'm missing a lot!

  2. AHAHA! I forgot about that line from Ash! HILARIOUS and AMAZING!! LOL So glad that you loved this one! Like you, it was slow for the first few pages for me but then the story really took off from there and there were no lulls in the story at all!! =) Great review!!

  3. Grimalkin is fantastic! Probably my favorite character in this book. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!

    Stopped by from the Saturday Situation!

  4. Yay! So glad you enjoyed this book. I think they only get better as they go on, especially the third book.

  5. Oh, do you have the novellas? I can give you Winter's Passage if you need it (shoot me an email) and Summer's Crossing is available for free download on Amazon (and Barnes and Noble, I think).

  6. @Small Review, yep I have the novellas! Thanks for the offer though! I actually started Winter's Passage, as I read that it took place between The Iron King and The Iron Daughter.


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