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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Hello my friends,

I now have another series that I'm officially obsessed with, and that is The Iron Fey series. I finished the first book, so now it is Review Time!  

 Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Published: February 1st 2010
No. of Pages: 363

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.

                                         5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
                                         flying with joy.

My Thoughts:

I'm officially obsessed with this series. It is just awesome! I think of it as steam-punk meets faeries (I'm aware that I have spelt it right.) just because of the whole Iron thing. Oh, and by the way, I've definitely chosen a team. Definitely.

Onto the storyline. Meghan Chase (I love how she spells her name) never suspected anything would go wrong on her sixteenth birthday. She knew that her step-father would probably forget so would her mum, but at least Robbie, her best friend would be there. Then her four year old brother Ethan, who is usually quiet, suddenly becomes a creature that bites her and swears. But it's not Ethan and Robbie reveals the truth: the creature is a changeling, a creature that looks like Ethan but isn't him, and there is more. Turns out, the tales and myths about Fey are true, because Robbie is actually a very famous, mischievous faery. At Meghan's request, Robbie leads her on a journey through the Nevernever to the summer court, so she can start her quest for her brother. When Robbie runs away after an attack, Meghan is left alone in the strange, twisted forests where she encounters Grimalkin, a cat that can talk and that helps Meghan several times along her journey.
When she gets to the summer court, all is revealed. Meghan is half-faery and half-mortal, but she is one of the children of Oberon, well, the only one that is alive. 
Despite her efforts, it is clear that Meghan's brother is not at the court, so Grimalkin helps her escape again as she follows a tip-off that she got from her ipod. I know that seems weird, but there is a reason behind everything.. 
The ipod transmits a message saying that her brother is with Machina, the Iron King, and Meghan goes on a hunt for this kingdom, even if it shouldn't exist.
Robbie helps her, as well as Ash, prince of the Winter Court. Meghan makes a bargain with him that she'll go back to the Winter Court with him if he and Robbie promise not to kill each other. Grudgingly they agree and follow Grimalkin through more forests and things called Trods, which are like portals. Another small detail, during this journey, Meghan and Ash didn't expect to fall in love.

Now this brings us to the small matter of teams.. Team Ash all the way! You would be too, I promise. I don't want her to be with Robbie because she and Ash are perfect for each other. Could you imagine tearing them apart because of some other random faery? No. That is the answer. Despite these reason, there is also the fact that Ash is awesome. And hot. And loyal. The list goes on. Now Robbie, he managed to get queen Titania to fall in love with a man with the head of a donkey. (You might be getting an idea of who he is!)

Another thing I loved about this book was the world. It was amazing, with all the monsters and the food, satyrs, etc. I loved it. One of my favourite creatures/character was Grimalkin. For some reason, in my head, he's sort of a Satanic cat. However, I'm pretty sure he actually loves Meghan in an "Pet and Owner" sort of way because he keeps coming back to help her, and he wouldn't do that if all he wanted was favours. I hope.
The books was incredibly descriptive of the forests, monsters and all the different characters, like the pack-rats of the Iron Kingdom, which actually play a very important part.
I can't praise this book enough and you have to read it, because it is made of pure amazing-ness. That is now a word.

Meghan is also an amazing character, another reason I loved this book. She's strong, stubborn (that could be considered a bad thing) and most of all, you can see how much she loves her brother and how much she is willing to do to save him. Meghan also manages to place a bit of sarcasm when it is needed, as demonstrated here:

“Yeah, Mom, Ethan’s turned into a monster and my best friend thinks he’s a faery. How was your day?”
― Julie Kagawa, The Iron King  

Have fun reading this book because I truly think it is a great read!


rita xo

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