Monday, May 30, 2011

Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

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.
Having heard so many rave reviews about this book, I was curious to see for myself if it could live up to all the hype. My first impressions though, weren't all that great. I think my biggest issue to get past was the other Faery themed books I had read and loved. The characters here had to compete with certain prejudices I had built up.

The story definitely took a different turn though, which more than made up for any initial short comings I felt it had. A new court created from modern society's advances and the potential of loss the older fairy kingdoms are told here in an interesting way. It is more than just a tale of a love triangle or the ongoing battles between Summer and Winter Courts. It is, to a degree, a social commentary on where we place our priorities these days. It was this element of the storyline that I enjoyed the most.

I didn't feel much for the relationships between the characters, especially Meghan and Ash. Part of this, I think, comes from the chilliness of Ash's existence (being a Prince of the Winter Court); he was just so (literally) cold all the time, it was hard to warm up to him, so to speak. There were a few situations that made me feel for Meghan's dire circumstances, but overall, none of the people involved really made me fall in love with them.

What surprised me most were particular scenes that gave me shivers (besides those around Ash). Ms Kagawa's changelling was downright creepy! Though Meghan comes off innocent for the most part, some parts of the story have a more mature feel to them, making it more appealing to someone from my, ahem, age group. Overall, I liked the basic idea for The Iron King and look forward to the next book; I am very curious to see how the rest of the series will play out.

You can purchase The Iron King at Amazon, Book Depository, and Book Depository UK


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

You know I really enjoyed this book as well, but I just didn't think it was the outstanding read so many people harped about. I will definitely read the rest of the series, and I've heard the books keep getting better. But all in all I did enjoyit. :)

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