Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: February 1, 2010
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
ISBN-10: 0373210086 (Harlequin Teen)
ISBN-13: 978-0373210084 (Harlequin Teen)
Synopsis (Product Description):
Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined–the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.
Quick & Dirty: An astounding and absorbing debut that will leave you breathless.
Opening Sentence: Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared.
Excerpt: First Three Chapters
First things first. GRIMALKIN THE CAT IS MINE. Ms. Kagawa, please send him to me post haste. Some creepy guy is blocking the entrance to Nevernever. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, let me tell you all about The Iron King. Well, not everything.
Meghan Chase lives a very simple life on a pig farm in a small backwater town in the middle of the Louisiana bayou. Her family is very poor and it’s a constant struggle to make ends meet. Her stepfather barely pays any attention to her and she often feels as if she’s invisible. Robbie is her best friend and he’s always been there to make her smile. When her little brother, Ethan, is kidnapped by the faeries, Meghan embarks on a perilous journey through Nevernever to bring him back.
Ms. Kagawa brilliantly weaves a highly entertaining tale. She succeeds in capturing the spirit of a teenager. Her vivid and imaginative descriptions made me feel as though I were journeying right alongside Meghan as she discovered the wondrous and malicious things about Nevernever. It’s also refreshing that Ms. Kagawa didn’t sanitize the novel. The language used throughout was appropriate and realistic for teenagers. The story also benefits from a full roster of compelling supporting characters. Chief among them is Grimalkin, a Cait Sith, who is simply awesome. I fell in love with him right away. His behavior reminds me a lot of my own little furry beast. Ms. Kagawa does an amazing job bringing his character to life and capturing the mannerisms of a cat. In addition, the fight scenes are well choreographed and delivered in amazing detail.
With this first part of the series, the foundation has already been set for an amazing love story. Ash is the dangerous and deadly Winter Prince sent to hunt down Meghan and deliver her to the Winter Queen. Meghan and Ash set the pages ablaze with their chemistry. I’m definitely rooting for Ash. The Winter Prince has some pretty lethal ice tricks and he’s dark and twisty. I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about him.
The Iron King is such an enchanting and captivating read. This well-written and beautifully crafted story transported me to a magical place. I absolutely loved the faerie lore. Ms. Kagawa expands upon faerie lore in a very unique way, but I won’t give any spoilers away.
Overall, The Iron King is a stunning debut. Ms. Kagawa delivers a riveting story filled with peril, deadly magic, humor, sacrifice, and angst. This book delivers action, adventure and suspense with style. Readers will be captivated by the rich characters and stylish writing that Ms. Kagawa seamlessly blends together.
Ash stood between me and the chimera, his sword unsheathed. The blade glowed an icy-blue, wreathed in frost and mist. The monster roared and swatted at him, but he leaped aside, slashing with his blade. The frozen edge bit into the chimera’s paw, drawing a humanlike scream from the monster. It pounced, and Ash rolled away. On his feet again, he raised an arm, bluish light sparkling from his fingers. As the monster whirled on him, he flung his hand out, and the chimera shrieked as a flurry of glistening ice shards ripped into its hide.
The Iron Fey Series:
2. The Iron Daughter – August 2010
3. The Iron Queen – February 2011
FTC Advisory: Harlequin Teen provided me with an ARC of The Iron King. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. In addition, I don’t receive affiliate fees for anything purchased via links from my site.
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