Wednesday, March 10, 2010

THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa

Publisher Harlequin Teen
Date published February 2010
ISBN 978-0-378-21008-4
Young Adult/Fantasy/Contemporary
Mass Market Paperback
Obtained via: Library
Reviewed by Dawn

Meghan Chase is a lonely, unpopular girl who is about to find her entire life as she knows it is about to change when she turns sixteen and finds a past and a future about to collide in a way that will change everything she ever knew. Sixteen was to be the year for Meghan…what she gets instead is secrets, wars and a life irrevocably changed…for good or bad even Meghan doesn’t know. Can Meghan steer her way thru faerie court and rescue her brother before it is too late…for herself, her family and the faerie world?

THE IRON KING is a story that will leave you spellbound. I could not put this one down, it was that good. It has been a bit since I read a young adult story that has kick butt action, intriguing characters, a new spin on faerie worlds and has me eager for the next book in the series. Ms. Kagawa does an amazing job incorporating faerie myths into her new take on it and delivers it with a dash of the matrix, romance, danger and some interesting secondary characters that had me grinning in delight. A new to me author, Ms. Kagawa writes an intriguing story that will have you flipping the pages to see what would happen next.

Meet Meghan Chase, a girl who thinks the best thing in her life is getting her permit when she turns sixteen. What she gets instead is secrets revealed about who and what she is and danger on every corner. Meghan was a fun heroine to read-sassy, vulnerable and determined to do the right thing even if it meant her death. She was a strong and intelligent heroine who connected with me as a reader. It was a nice change of pace to see how this author created such a wonderfully complex character in THE IRON KING. Then you have Puck and Ash, two very different heroes yet they really keep the reader glued to the pages as well. Puck made me laugh as he tried to lighten up things and Ash was the opposite with his sometimes stern and cold demeanor. Total opposites but both held a place in Meghan’s heart. Ms. Kagawa delivers some wonderful secondary characters as well to keep the story flowing smoothly.

is a story that will literally transport you into this wonderful world Ms. Kagawa created. Full of interesting and complex characters, a fast paced storyline and a romance that leaves you wishing for a happily ever after, this is an author that must be on your reading list. The setting itself was a contrast, one minute all sweetness and light, then next it was edgy and danger filled. It was a nice mixture to keep the reader entertained till the very end. THE IRON KING is a story that will literally keep you guessing from all the plot twists. One minute you might have figured out what happens next then this author will turn it on its head and deliver something else that has you go “oh my god!”. If you haven’t picked up THE IRON KING, then I urge you to do so quickly. Ms. Kagawa is a masterful storyteller who will literally keep you spellbound until the very end. I am eagerly waiting the next book The Iron Daughter, in August and cannot wait for more adventures of Meghan, Puck and Ash in the world of faerie. Run; don’t walk, to grab this one. This is one book I am definitely reading again.


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