Throwback Thursday | The Iron King by Julie Kagawa



Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Published: January 19, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance, Supernatural
ISBN: 9780373210084
Age Range: 15+ (Due to language, sexuality)
Rating: 3.5/5

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.

As you can probably tell, I like Julie Kagawa’s writing. I think she’s got a unique approach to storytelling, and takes older ideas and makes them into fresh stories. The Iron Fey series is built around the play ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ by Shakespeare (Which was one of the first plays I ever read), but focusing more on ‘illegitimate’ daughter of King Oberon – Meghan Chase.

It does follow the same outline of most teen novels – Lead character is an ordinary outcast within her life, suddenly discovers that is actually extraordinary in the grand scheme of things, goes on a quest to save the world, has a love interest. It’s true. Kagawa hits all those points, and creates angst between the characters of Robbie (Robin Goodfellow/Puck) and Prince Ash of the Unseelie (Winter) Court (Son of Queen Mab). There’s also an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ style character in Grimalkin, the cat, who provides sarcastic and hilarious remarks throughout the series.

Meghan, like a few other characters I’ve seen, is a very reluctant hero. She initially wants nothing more than to save her step-brother Ethan, but ends up being pulled into a world she doesn’t fully understand, and she ultimately, must save, in order for her world to remain unchanged.

I won’t give away too much more since it’ll ruin the book, but it’s a really lighthearted read if you’re looking for a quick series. The characters and writing pull you in and keep you entertained.

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