The Iron King
By: Julie Kagawa
Summary: 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.
First I want to say how much I liked the cover. I think they got Meghan just right with the straight blonde hair and blue eyes. On most book covers the characters don’t look like there described in the book. Plus it also gives a great feel for the fantasy you’ll find throughout the book.
To go along with an amazing cover is a truly great book. Julie Kagawa’s writing is fantastic. She describes everything with so much detail. It’s like your watching a movie in your head. She never puts anything in that’s not important to the story, everything is there for a reason. Like in the beginning her step-dad forgets about her birthday, and basically all about her. Later you find out it’s because of her heritage. So such a small thing in the story has a bigger meaning.There are so many stories that focus off of Midsummer Nights Dream, but the new twist on this fairy mythology with the Iron Fey was mesmerizing.
I loved the characters in The Iron King, from Meghan to Grimalkin (the cat). Meghan is a strong female protagonist, who will do anything to save her brother. Sounds a bit like Katniss from Hunger Games right? Which is one of the last books I’ve reviewed. It’s nice to read about such determined main characters. If you don’t like the main characters how are you suppose to endure reading about them?
Then there’s Ash, the winter prince. From the beginning he reminded me of the fairy prince from Thumbellina. Who was one of my favorite fictional characters growing up. So I got attached to Ash very early in the book. Actually from the first scene he was in. While he’s cold and mysterious, he also proves to be gentle and romantic.
Then straight from Midsummer Night’s Dream you have Puck who Meghan’s only real friend in the human world. He’s also who brought her over to nevernever (the fairyland) to save her brother. He has a humorous and fun personality. Which makes the bickering and fighting between Ash and Puck fun to read.
I loved everything about this book, from the adventure, to the romance, and the fun character of Grimalkin. If you haven’t read this book yet I suggest you hurry up before the sequel comes out in August.