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Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 01 Feb 10
ISBN: 0373210086 (paperback)
Format: ebook
Pages: 368
Websites:
Julie Kagawa – official site (be sure to check out the playlist)
Julie Kagawa – blog
Julie Kagawa – twitter

Place(s) Traveled to: Unnamed Small Town, Louisiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; Chicago, Illinois; & The NeverNever

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis:

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.

To say that I love faeries is an understatement. I have also loved the magic and mischief of them and so I love when I hear about a new book dealing with this mythology because I am always curious to see new takes on the old stories. Some authors don’t do such a good job while others knock the old stories on their butts and really breath new life into them. Julie Kagawa’s The Iron King falls into the second category. With The Iron King she creates this magical world that fits so seamlessly with the world that we exist in. Meghan is a believable character and for the most part I liked her. But she wasn’t my favorite character as the girl never seemed to learn the rules of faery. Yes its great that you are willing to risk all for someone you love, but there does come a point when you can be too careless. After all how much can you do to help if you’ve given away everything that you are? I applaud her love of her friends and family but she just seemed a bit too reckless for me at times.

Fortunately for Meghan the cast of characters that surround her more then make up for her personality flaws. Her best friend, Robin Goodfell, is filled with mischief and fun. Then there is Ash, the swoon worthy youngest sun of the Queen Mab of the Winter Fey. I loved loved loved the interactions between Robin and and Ash. These two frenemies were a delight to watch and it was always hard to decided which one to cheer for since they are both so loveble. And then of course there is Grimalkin, a cait sith, who is willing to help out….so long as the helpee doesn’t mind giving him a small favor in return. There were also lots of fun little faeries that you meet along the way that really flesh out this world, like the dryads, Twig, and the pack rats.

I became so absorbed in this book that the ending came as an abrupt shock. I kept hitting the page flip button on Anne the eReader in the vain hopes that more words would appear. But they never did and if it wasn’t for the fact that my train was pulling into my station stop I might have started the whole book over again. It was just that much fun. Kagawa is a gifted story teller and I am so glad that I don’t have to wait a year for the next book to come out. Harlequin Teen plans on publishing all 3 books in the series at 6 month intervals. And between Book 1 and 2 there will be a short story that will help tide one over until August. At least if I keep telling myself it won’t be hard to wait then it really won’t be….but gah! I so could have kept reading for another 300 pages and not been bored! I want more. Now!

I want to say more but don’t know where to find the words. Iron King was just such a wonderful twist on the mytholoy that I’ve been reading about for years. There were so many old faces like Oberon, Tatiana and Mab and yet they weren’t the same old faeries of yore. Their is new life in them, more defined personalities and I look forward to seeing what Kagawa will do with them next. There are also many new faeries…and have I mentioned the swoon worthy Ash? If not then he’s one to look out for.

Interested in learning more? You can learn some faery terms here and be sure to check out the excerpt here or better yet just head out to your nearest book store tomorrow, 01 Feb, and pick up a copy for yourself! I think that you’re going to love the world that Kagawa has created.

Date Read: 06 Dec 2009

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