Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

From Goodreads: 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 Rating: 3.5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: Having read Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series, I recently decided that it was time to give her other series a try. Over the past couple of years, I’d seen great reviews about The Iron Fey series – and I finally wanted to see what all the fuss was about. While I didn’t find the first book, The Iron King, to be amazing; I did think it was a solid read.

A huge reason why I enjoyed The Iron King was because of the worldbuilding. I really liked the idea of the faerie realm’s existence being dependent upon human imagination, and seeing the rise of the iron fey and the deterioration of the faerie realm as a result of humans dreaming about science and technology instead.

There was just something lacking with the characters, however. For example, although I found Meghan to be very determined in her quest to get her brother back, I still felt a bit disconnected from her for some reason.

I also didn’t care much about the romance because Ash was cold and kind of a jerk. As well, it seemed that he fell for Meghan because she reminded him of his dead girlfriend, which I find a bit creepy. But, I’m not on Team Puck either because he came off as friend material to me. 

The Iron King was released by Harlequin Teen in February 2010.  

Comments About the Cover: It’s okay; I like the foreground and the font.


  1. I've heard lots of great things about this series too. In fact I picked it up several time from the library but always returned it unread. I don't know why, maybe I wasn't in the mood? I did hear that book 1 is the weakest but it does pick up. I'm curious to see what you think!

  2. It took me a little while to settle into this book when I first read it as well Z, but the series just got better for me as it went. I felt this was the weakest of the 4 (though still enjoyable), so I hope you'll give book 2 a try, I'd love to know what you think!

  3. This was my first Kagawa read so I quickly fell in love with it but when I think of myself rereading it I think I would recognize the same issues you did. I hope you enjoy the rest of the books!

  4. Yay finally you read this! Lol. Hey, 3.5 is good. Are you going to read book 2? I hope you like it more, Z. :D


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