Friday, July 9, 2010

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (Iron Fey #1)
Publisher:Harlequin Teen
Publish Date: February 1, 2010
Trade Paperback, 363 pages

My Review:

If you enjoy an author who is excellent at world building then this is the book for you.  Ms. Kagawa shines while developing the world of the Fey and the Nevernever.  The descriptions take you there without being too wordy and she does an excellent job balancing the world-building with the plot of this first installment in her Iron Fey series.

And if that isn't enough for you, the characters are amazing too.  Robbie, Meghan and Ash are well-developed and you really feel like you get to know them.  This is another one of those books that has you as the reader trying to decide which boy is better for the main character and if you scroll down you can find out which team I am on.  Meghan is very human as a character, she makes mistakes, but she also tries her best and it endears her to the reader.  She is strong and stubborn, but still a girl who loves and wants to save her little brother and not hurt those who are dear to her.

Finally, the icing on the cake is The Iron King has a plot that keeps you moving through the pages at lightning speed.  Moving from one world to the next, facing strange creatures and never losing her determination, it is a joy to watch Meghan develop and grow through this book.  The plot is well-paced and I am anxious to read Winter Passage (a novella that is free to read until August 1) and The Iron Daughter which will be out on August 1.

Excellent young adult paranormal fiction for the young adult and for the adult.

My Rating;  4.75/5.0

About the Book:
Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

Which team are you on?  My choice:

About the Author:

Julie Kagawa's website.
Julie on Blogger

FTC Information: I checked this book out from my wonderful local library for my reading pleasure.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.


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