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Monday, March 8, 2010

The Iron King

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The Iron King
by Julie Kagawa
pub: Feb 2010
pages 363

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.

Fan-fun-tastic! I'm telling you guys, The Iron King is a blast. I'm not even a huge faery fan but this book had me riveted. Interesting mythology that combines Kagawa's unique take along with traditional lore, creative characters and enchanting worlds - it doesn't get much better than this!

The insane amount of new and old mythical creatures is amazing. Kagawa shines in her description with her vivid detail of the creatures, faeryland and the landscape of it's many courts. Visuals kept running in my head.

The action and weirdness gets going fast and soon Meghan's life is turned upside down. Her little brother has been kidnapped (a changeling put in his place - a nasty creature who attacks both Meghan and her mom) and Meghan must head to faeryland to get him back.

Luckily, her longtime childhood friend, Robby, is actually prankster Puck from a Midsummer's Night Dream, and off they go through the 'trod' (or door that happens to be in her little brother's closet) into faeryland. It's as beautiful as it is dangerous, and things are often not what they seem. Who are your friends and who are your enemies can change in blink of an eye.

I got an Alice in Wonderland feel from The Iron King. Especially when Grimalkin, a sly cat faery comes into it as one of her companions on the journey. And what a journey. Everything goes wrong. Meghan finds herself in one pickle after another.

The weird and wonderful adventure never stops. At several points, I was going, "Come on! Not something else going wrong. Can't we catch a break?" And I used the 'we' since I was battling faeries, trolls, gremlins, chimeras, and all other fantastical beings right along with the characters.

Is some stuff predictable? Sure. I mean she's the daughter of the Summer King so of course she has to fall for the son of the Winter Queen - the two courts are mortal enemies after all. I'd be upset if the wasn't the case. But for the most part the story is one delicious surprise after another.

Characters? Fun and complex. It seems everyone, except Meghan (she's just trying to save her brother and get the heck out of Dodge), has a hidden agenda or something mysterious going on under the surface.

Puck steals the show with his humor and dry wit. Meghan is likable and just when you think she is going to be stupid enough to make another bargain with a faery, she surprises you. I enjoyed the way she grew throughout the story. In the end, her grit and determination to save the ones she loves really shines.

And then there's Ash, prince of the Winter Court. Total hottie - yet cold in so many ways. He's ready to kill Meghan several times but eventually warms up. Super swordsman with his icy blade, able to drop predators with shooting icicles (the Winter Court version of ninja stars - so cool) and he waffles between killing and kissing Meghan - love that tension and conflict!

My only complaint would be that he isn't in it enough. We get a glimpse of Ash in the very beginning but then he doesn't show up again until around page 170.

Their developing romance was fun - that hate-love-hate-love thing - and I would have preferred more of it sooner. But Kagawa keeps you busy with the next adventure so I can't complain too much. And I think he'll be prominent in the sequel. Yay!

Which leads me to the other thing I loved about The Iron King. Kagawa does an excellent job of giving you a satisfying ending with, and this is important, just enough unanswered questions and hint of the next adventure that you're frothing for the sequel. I'll be ready for The Iron Daughter when it comes out in August 2010.

There's mild language and the sex is just that yearning sexual tension so I think this is fine for younger readers as well. The Iron King is a terrific romp with crazy creatures, fantastical worlds, fun characters, a fast pace and a satisfying ending. This is one of the best first-in-a-series that I've read!

The Cover: The top one works for me. I like the colors, the partial of the girl's face (although I could do with less - you know me), the swirly things and font. I don't care for the second cover.

First Lines: Ten years ago on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared.
Good. I'm intrigued and interested to find out some details about the disappearance which are explained immediately and intrigue me more. The first pages get you right into some fun.


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124 comments:

Christa Holland said...

I've wanted to read this book since I laid my eyes on the cover for the first time, it's that lovely. Don't fret, though, I love the premise as well. And after reading your review, I'm even more excited. I love novels that include various mythical creatures, especially ones beyond the currently-favored vampires, ghosts, etc. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

Elie said...

Great review. I have this one on my shelf and I hope to get to it soon. although, I would be nice to read them all together, maybe I will wait. hmmmm

Raíla said...

This first line is so awesome. So well planned! I can't wait to have this book in my hands!

misskallie2000 said...

Another Great review and I have read several and all were great. I really want to read this book.


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Adriana said...

This book was great! I loved all the characters. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

Aleksandra said...

Great review! I really want to read this book!

twipippi said...

I want to read this one. And after reading your great review I'm more sure of that I want to read it... :)

Raspberry said...

Definitely want to read this - SO BAD!!!
Thanks for the review. :)

InABox said...

I'm reading this right now and agree 100% with your review. It's so good! I feel like I'm in a grown up Alice in Wonderland mixed with a little Peter Pan for good measure. Even though I usually don't like faery stories, I'm really enjoying The Iron King.

aprilnichole said...

I'm reading this one now. I'm really enjoying it so far and looking forward to reading the rest.

throuthehaze said...

I just won this book in a giveaway. I can't wait to read it :)

~Jennifer~ said...

Everyone has such wonderful things to say about this book. I must get my hands on a copy.

chelleyreads said...

i just ordered this book on a whim without reading any reviews and i hoped to the book gods that i didn't make a mistake. now that i've read your review i can't wait to read it! thanks!

Shy said...

I want to read this. I want to read this. I want to read this. There you go, three times make it certain that in some way I'll be reading this some day! I've heard so many good things about this and yes, your review makes me itches to read it even more. Gosh, CANNOT wait!

elaing8 said...

Great review. This is on the top of my list to buy.I can't wait to read it.

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

great review and I thought all those things while reading it too. Loved Puck, ash and Grimaklin-- it was perffect updated with the new things fey bugs. I loved it

Maria the Bookworm said...

What a great review! I actually have this novel in my bookshelf, but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. I think it will be my next read! I'm not a huge fan of faces on covers either ;s It kind of ruins the readers image of the character.. Thanks again for a great review!

titania86 said...

I'm also not a huge fan of faeries, but I want to read this now! I wonder if Puck is supposed to be the character from a Midsummer Night's Dream.

Stephanie said...

I've seen a lot of good reviews of this book and it's definitely on my list. I didn't realize there was a sequel planned but that sounds really exciting.

donnas said...

Great review. I have read many good things about this one and I am looking forward to getting the chance to read it. Glad to hear there will be a sequel.

Sheere said...

I have to read this soon! I like the new cover more than the one with the crown..

Jessy said...

I really enjoyed this book. I liked Ash out of all the characters. I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel.

Blodeuedd said...

Yay! I am so glad you liked this one.
Ever since I saw that cover I have wanted to read this book

Trillian said...

This is on my to tbr list. Sounds awesome!

KC said...

I have been wanting to read this since it came out!! Great review! Made me want to read it MORE! :-)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great review. Looks like something I should definitely read.

Miriam said...

Wow everyone seems to be reading this book and saying good things - it must be good. I love the first line and the cover. They really draw you in. Great Review.
(btw I'm entered the megabook contest)

Sasha said...

This one looks so good! :D

xxsquigglesxx said...

I want to read this book so bad! I keep seeing it everywhere!

Lily Child said...

Ooooh!!!! I just picked this one up to read today after finishing All Unquiet Things! Your review makes me sooooo excited to read this! :D

Tynga said...

Sounds good! I was still debating If I was gonna buy it, but I just might ^^

MannaB said...

I also prefer the upper cover.

pepsivanilla said...

This sounds great, and I've seen tons of awesome reviews for it! I hope I get to read it soon :)

Orchid said...

Great review! I've been dying to read Iron King since I first heard about it. I'll have to borrow it from my friend after she reads it. :)

Rachael(BookLove:Teen) said...

I bought this hearing it was good and you've made me want to read it more! Oh TBR pile that is so big, what will I do with thee.

Jeff & Nicole said...

Definitely one I want to read!! Can't wait to get my handon it. :)

Tales of a Teenage Book Lover said...

I LOVED this book! I posted my review in the Mr Linky.

elizabeth said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this book! I have it waiting for me!

Dahlia said...

I'm so glad I bought this last week! It sounds so good! Your review was excellent, and makes me regret getting more library books after buying this, thus making me unable to read it for a while. I'll definitely be reading it as soon as possible.
I really like the cover. I don't usually like covers with people on them, even if their head is partially cut off, but this one looks nice. And the color on the spine is really pretty. :)

Kathy Martin said...

I really enjoyed this book too. I linked by review above. I really enjoyed your review too. I can hardly wait for the sequel.

Stephanie said...

I have been wanting to read this since I first heard about it. Sounds great. Great review!

Rebecca said...

The Iron King looks really amazing. Great review!

Jacob Rice said...

Really good review! I saw this at the library at decided to skip it, but from what you have written, I really wanna read it now! Thanks!

Sarah said...

Fab review - I love the sound of this one & can't wait to read it :o)

jmspettoli said...

I've been hearing so much about this book and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for the awesome review!

Kailia Sage said...

hoping to get a copy of this book in my hands soon! great review! I really want to read this book!

May said...

Another novel that has been on my wishlist for a while. I am so so SO going broke. :) Thanks for the great review! Now I can't wait to get my hands on this as well.

Wings said...

excellent review!!!

i got this book today and will be reading it soon!
sounds alot like wondrous strange though...

Leanne said...

I've wanted to read this book for FOREVER!
Your review was awesome, made me want to read it even more :]

Lorielle said...

I hate to admit it, but I am shameless for buying a book for its cover and this book has a fabulous cover... that alone makes me want to read it. :)

Emidy said...

Excellent review! I've heard so many great things about this but haven't read it yet. I need to!

Emidy
from Une Parole

ninefly said...

this is one of the books I'm most excited to win, thanks for the review, I've seen many others with similar praise =)

Chase92 said...

Great review! I wanted to read this book ever since I laid my eyes on the cover...

Kirthi said...

It sounds so wonderful, I love how there's forbidden love :D The large amounts of fantasy mentioned in your review makes me even more eager to read this!! Go faeries! :)

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Wow! What a great review! I've been wanting to read this and now, after reading your review, I want to read it even more. Thanks!

Sarah (Limerick) said...

I love your review! You make it sound so awesome! I really want to read it now. I'm excited to hear that there's mythology weaved into the story, too. I haven't read any faery books yet, so it would be interesting.
Thanks for the review!

Alexa said...

I've seen this book around a lot lately, and normally I'm not a big fan of faery books, but this one sounds promising, so I might just have to get a copy of it.

thekams said...

This is an awesome review! I loved The Iron King, and like you, I'm not usually a fan of faerie stories. I was just so excited that Robbie was Puck (I'm a Shakespeare geek). I can't wait for the sequel!

mariska said...

Great Reviews Alyssa. This book totally awesome !

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

I absolutely loved this book. It's one of my new favorites and I can't wait to get my hands on The Iron Daughter!! Great review! :)

Erica said...

I absolutely adored this one. It's one of my favorites EVER.

Rheanna said...

Oh I am so glad you reviewed this book. I've benn on the fence about it for awhile because I'm not a huge fan of the cover. But I loved your review and explanations of the characters and the interwoven mythology. Now I can't wait to go get this one. Thx so much!!

rachelhestondavis said...

This definitely reminds me of "The Warrior Heir." Protagonist is a pawn in a deadly war, the people around them know and are trying to protect them, protagonist falls in love with someone on the opposite side of the battle lines.

Then again, it seems like a pretty interesting take on that theme.

Rachel Heston Davis
Up and Writing

Bere said...

Wonderful review Alyssa! I've been wanting to read
The Iron King for a long time now. I've read so
many great reviews. I can't wait to finally
get to reading it! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Haku said...

woooow is simply awesome! thanks to review this books really when I saw the cover really loved it, so I visited Kagawa's Blog end wow nice girl really, I want this book! *o* is beautiful!!!

pirate penguin said...

I know what I'll be buying next time I head over to B&N ;)

bookaholic said...
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bookaholic said...

I loved the review!The book sounds so interesting!The analogy to Shakespeare's Puck sounds interesting!I can't wait to lay my hands on this book!I so want this book!

BookFreak said...

Sounds cool. But sound just the same as Need by Carrie Jones.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I recently won this and I cannot wait for it to arrive! Great review :D

Ryan G said...

I keep hearing some wonderful things about this one.

Bunny B said...

Great review! Makes me wanna read it even more! :)

Hesperus said...

I actually finished reading this myself a few days ago and as much as I loved the action and the new take on Feys (the Iron Fey), I thought of Meghan as a damsel in distress most of the time and it kind of annoyed me. She did slightly redeem herself at the end but I keep wondering, will she just revert to her old Mary Sue self in the next book?

I hope not. I like my main female characters strong.

But absolutely brilliant review!

Sandra Stiles said...

This one has been on my TBB (To be Bought) list for a while. I guess now is the time. You have definitely done an excellent job with this review and now I must have the book.

Aye.Me? said...

I really enjoy paranormal/fantasy type books that have strong mythology, it adds so much to the story.

If it's one of the best first-in-a-series books that you've read; I look forward to seeing if you like the sequels even more!

Awesome review, and I really want this book!

InfinitePlaylist said...

I like the first cover better, too, the swirly things are so great :D

YA Vampire Books said...

I've been hesitant about reading this book since I'm not a huge faerie fan, but apparently you aren't either and still liked the Iron King! Sounds like I might have to try this one after all!

Karen said...

I am really eager to read this one, especially when you mention the feel of Alice in Wonderland. I have been reading all sorts of "Alice" connected books, so this one sounds like a good way to extend my reading in fantasy!

EVA SB said...

Ok so did you like it or not? :0)

Sounds like an exciting book. Another one for the TBR list

brandileigh2003 said...

I am excited to read this one

Misty said...

I really want to read this one. And the more I hear about it, the more I want to read it; especially now that you said it has an Alice feel.

Cherry said...

Re-twitted about your review at: http://twitter.com/cherrymischivus/status/10227866181

Cherry
www.cherrymischievous.com
mischivusfairy-warrior [at] yahoo [dot] com

Tina said...

Fantastic review :) This is already in my wishlist!

Jessica Secret said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED this book! Thanks for your awesome review!

Glory said...

Awww!!!! I wanna this book! Absolutely!

Book Addict Girl said...

YAY! I love your review. I read The Iron King and loved it! I'm glad you did as well :)

Ina said...

I'm so glad about your review - The Iron King is already on my wishlist :) I love the cover and after a lot of good reviews I will buy it immediately - thanks so much!

Jen said...

I've heard so many good things about this book. I'm definitely going to have to pick it up.

Sapphire said...

I've heard good thing about this book. I want to read it!!!

Patty said...

I want to read this one so badly! I love faeries!

Orchid said...

Congratulations Your blog has won the Happy 101 award.

Jacob Rice said...

This doesn't look like my type of book at all. I am not much into faeries. I have heard a lot of ranting and raving about it though. I guess i'll give it a chance.

oO Mariana Oo said...

Looks absolutely awesome, cant wait to read it ^^
Grea Review!

Bhumi said...

I love the first few lines!

aqtbenz said...

Wow this book sounds great! I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the review!

elbereth said...

Sounds much better than I would judge from the cover. Thanks for the great review!

Bhumi said...

Actually, I think the cover is very pretty! But it definitely looks like chick lit, something that many guys would probably avoid.

Jen said...

Your reviews are always so thorough and informative. I love it! I've been looking forward to this book coming out for awhile and now that it's out I haven't had a chance to read it yet. It will definitely be read over Spring Break though so I'm excited and as I can see it looks like a great read.

melissa @ 1lbr said...

Still waiting for this one from the library...

Jenny N. said...

I have a copy of this book but havent read it yet. Hoping to read it soon for the Debut Author Challenge.

Amy said...

I've read THE IRON KING as well and it blew my expectations out of the water... I LOVED it! And I'm glad you do too. I can't wait for THE IRON DAUGHTER :D

Tempe said...

I'm dying to get this one, I've entered a few contests but haven't been lucky yet... I'm happy to hear you really liked it and think it's a good book :) And now I really, really, really want to meet Ash, ¡jejejeje! :D

Lea said...

Awesome review! Gotta love a satisfying ending. It's always nice when things get wrapped up just right. :)

vonze said...

I'm not a huge faery fan either, so it's good to know that another non-faery fan enjoyed it! I really like the cover and the plot sounded cool, but I wasn't sure I'd like it cause I find faeries, in general, annoying at times.

Little Miss Youngblood said...

I'm not that reeled in by the synopsis, but it seems like a cool book. Great review!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I've read nothing but good things about this book, but I don't have any desire to read it. I keep asking myself why i feel that way tho???

努力 said...

Actions speak louder than words. ........................................

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

I'm not a big fan of faeries either but this sounds like something I need to check out. Gotta love a book with a good ending. Thanks for great review!

Jenn-ay said...

I'm seeing this book around other blogs and I'm so wanting to read it. I love faeries.

mariska said...

the First line, is really Intrigued me ! love to read the next line too :)

Alessandra said...

Just a thought: your description of this book sort of reminded me of 'Ella Enchanted' and 'Need' as well as 'Alice in Wonderland'. Uhm.

Glory said...

Aww!!! I wanna this book!

Kelly said...

I so want to read this book! I absolutely love the cover.

Cleverly Inked said...

I kinda like the second cover...Love the review

Precious said...

Wow. It looks like The Iron King really is great! I love it when new and old mythology mix together and form a really awesome world with wonderful characters.

Liz said...

Wow! Thanks for the review!! I love the argument and the girl of the cover looks like Kate Branchett xD

A Life Bound By Books said...

Another book I have sitting on my shelves to read. I've been hearing such great things about this book. I think I try to get to this one soon.

As always thanks for such a great review. They always make me excited for books all over again.

-Lisa

Flo said...

i can't wait to read this book! it has been on my wish list for weeks

Zombie Girrrl said...

Eeeee! I' so excited to read this! It's the first faerie book that's really caught my eye. Great review!

babygirlG said...

I just got my hands on this book! Can't wait to read it!

Brodie said...

Wow, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this! It sounds fantastic. I haven't really read many books with faeries, so I'm excited to kickstart into the trend with a healthy dose of Kagawa :)

Kristen said...

I have this at home and really need to read it.. seriously!

Bani said...

I've been eagerly awaiting reading this book. I read an interview with the author and she sounds so interesting and likable so I can't wait to try out this debut. The plot is my type and of course the cover is gorgeous.

Keira of LoveRomancePassion said...

At the top of my TBB (to be bought) list.

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