Tuesday 25 May 2010

Review: The Iron King

Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Reading Level: Young Adult
Other titles in the series: The Iron Daughter (Aug 2010)

Rating: 3/5

Publisher's 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.

Good book. Loads of Faerie Lore and politics. A bit dark, and there is even a forbidden love! This story takes place in the mortal world as well as Faery. It has all the makings of a contemporary faerie story. Winter and Summer Courts, Un-Seelie and Seelie Realms, and a reference to Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well some of his characters making it into the book. The love story is what sets it apart in my eyes.

What I liked:
I'm a sucker for anything romantic, and a forbidden love is just the best. How can a love that is doomed from the beginning last? Ash is our dark hero, Prince of the Winter Court and he is DE-LISH! What is it about the bad boys? I definitely can't wait to learn more about him. I also like Puck. He is I think going to be the other part of a love triangle. Oh how I love a love triangle!! We'll see what happens in book 2. I'm secretly rooting for BOTH boys.

What I didn't like:
I'm more of a character development kind of person. This was more plot development. It left me wanting for more about the character's and their feelings. There is also just SO much of the typical faerie lore, which requires little imagination. You can google these things.

"I licked my lips and whispered, 'Is this where you say you'll kill me?'
One corner of his lips curled. 'If you like,' he murmured, a flicker of amusement finally crossing his face. 'Though it's gotten far too interesting for that."


  1. I really liked this one, but I understand what you mean about the character vs. plot development thing. Personally, I think that gets a lot better in the second book. Hope you enjoy it! :)

  2. I really, really need to read this book! I love character development so I'd probably feel the same way. But a nice, plot-driven book is always welcome. :)

  3. Awesome review. Thanks for pointing out what didn't work for you.

  4. I'm semi reading this right now, the beginning is creeping me out lol!

  5. Are you going to do a review of the newest Fablehaven (or have I missed that post)? I have such mixed emotions on it, so I wanted to know what you thought!

  6. I still have mixed feelings of whether to get it but I think I want to anyway!

    That made no sense did it!

  7. Sa Toya-Totally read it! I just read the sequel and it ticks ALL the boxes! So good!! You will like it! Don't think, just buy it and read it!

  8. Great review. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars also. I like how you put it...it is very much plot development.


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