Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron King (Book 1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: February 1, 2010
Format: Trade Paperback ($11.99 CDN) 
Age Group: Young Adult
Copy: Provided by Big Honcho Media
Click here to read chapters 1 - 3 of The Iron King 

From the Publisher: 

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.

My Review:

It seems that all I have been reading this past month is young adult modern faery tales and while each novel has been unique and entertaining I was at first apprehensive about picking up yet another story about a half human half faery princess.  I had thought to myself, how many more times can I read about the seelie and unseelie court and still be entertained?   It wasn't long before I realized at least one more time!

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa was the most outstanding young adult faery novel I have read in a long time!  As a matter of fact I think it may just have been THE BEST young adult faery novel I have ever read.  The Iron King had a Labyrinth feel to it with a darker twist.  The pace of the novel was perfect, the plot and character descriptions were done just right but most importantly I was charmed and captivated from the very beginning to the bitter sweet end. 

I feel as though Julie Kagawa reached into my brain and took little pieces of all my favorite faery tales and wove it into something that managed to honor the best of traditional feary mythology while adding a unique and modern twist to the story that truly showcased the authors creativity.  From the very first chapter the characters came alive for me and through them I saw the feary realm with whole new eyes.  Julie Kagawa created a world both beautiful and terrifying with complex and dynamic characters that I fell completely in love with.  I can not wait to read the next two novels in this series, The Iron Daughter and The Iron Queen.

If you haven't yet read The Iron King then this novel needs to move up on your summer reading list. I hope you will be as enchanted by this modern faery tale as I was and like me wonder if all those things you "think" you see out of the corner of your eye and quickly dismiss deserve a second look....

My Rating: 5/5


My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

loved this book too

Linda said...

Great review. I'm looking forward to reading this!

brandileigh2003 said...

Great review-- I loved it, and I am team ash all the way :D

Amelia said...

Hey! I'm glad you like it :D
There certainly were some creative twists to the seemingly familiar world of faeries, and TIK was definitely a fun book to read!

Anonymous said...

Sounds great :) I'll have to check this out for my younger sister.

Lily Child said...

So glad you liked it! It's such a great book! :)

The Book Guru said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! It was a fantastic book and I can't wait to read the next one!

Najela said...

I just started this book. It's taking a little bit of work for me to get into, but I can't wait until it picks up. It sounds really interesting. They also have a novella called Winter's Passage that goes between books one and two.

The Book Guru said...

Najela - I hope it gets better for you I was really into it from beginning to end. I have yet to read Winter's Passage but I definitely need to!

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