Another older first book of an already ended YA series!
Author: Julie Kagawa
Title: The Iron King
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Release date: 1st of February 2011
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Fantasy, YA
Published by: MIRA Ink
Pages: 363 pages in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
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.
Well, first of all, there are various reasons why this was an excellent YA book (despite me not particularly liking fairy-themed YA): the writing was skilled and colorful, the action was constant and there wasn’t one boring moment, the plot was straightforward and easy to follow but exciting, two swoony guys to appreciate without a love triangle to destroy everything (at least not anything solid at the moment thankfully). I also liked how vast and inventive the imagination used to build up this story was. The latter was one of the highlights to me.
The friendship between Puck and Meghan was also something to enjoy, there were like teasing siblings who secretly cared about each other heaps, but weren’t very keen to show feeling toward one another.
I also liked the ending, I would usually consider this sort of finale annoying, but for some reason it just creates buzz and excitement for the next book to come. It was very effective and final yet not final at the same time.
And I thought I’d never say it, but the fact that the romance wasn’t in my face contributed to the pros of this story. Between everything happening and all the issues and dangers it was nice to read about an attraction that wasn’t insta love and that actually worked well as a subtle plot line amongst the action-packed foreground.
Now for the aspects that didn’t have me cheering:
I couldn’t warm up to Meghan at all, she came across too cliché and stayed in 2D mode. Unhappy, poor and socially unpopular girl suddenly realizes she is something else than human, but instead of thinking that maybe, despite all the issues, it might be a something to appreciate at least a little or find slightly fascinating, she only starts thinking how shellfish her father and mother were and how her father and his court/world don’t really deserve much respect or consideration (the clothes issue) despite him trying to make sure that she was safe as possible through her life, etc etc. I don’t expect her to jump from joy, but she was straight out opposed without any thought. And some other of her reactions and actions were quite questionable to me as well. She was a damsel in distress.
I also couldn’t really understand how the iron fey were seen as so incredibly more evil, when the winter and summer fey themselves weren’t poster children for kindness and consideration, they could also be cruel, careless and selfish.
I’ve already said that I didn’t really care for Meghan so let’s leave it at that.
Ash wasn’t in the story a lot when you think about it, he made his appearance quite late, he didn’t really talk much and his emotional and characteristic colors were well hidden, he was a typical calm and collected enemy/love interest, BUT despite these disadvantages I found him quite charming and positively mysterious.
Puck left me puzzled and I couldn’t really figure him out, thus, I can’t be sure if I like him yet or not. I guess he was a great support for Meghan and quite handy and a trickster in battle, but yes, I’m yet convinced about him. Grim, however, was by far my favorite character. What’s not to like about a sneaky kitty cat!
A likable main character is a must for me so despite all other positive aspects of the book, I couldn’t enjoy it as much as I would have wanted to. Nevertheless, this is a good fairy-themed fantasy YA which I’ve noticed many people adore. And who am I to argue with them.