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Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

In a sentence or so: Meghan discovers she is part fae and thrust right in the middle of a crazy conflict between the Summer and Winter courts, as well as a third court that no one – fae or human – knows exists.

Meghan Chase thinks she’s leading a normal, if supremely disappointing, life. She has a relentlessly upbeat best friend, a loving mother and stepfather and a sweet little brother. After having been publically humiliated by the cutest boy in school on her sixteenth birthday, she thinks her day has hit rock bottom…but it hasn’t.

It’s not until her little brother is replaced with a changeling that she learns she is the daughter of a Faery King. Meghan discovers she is a half fey princess and that her bestie Robbie has been protecting her. Meghan journeys into the world of fey with determination to get her brother back. The journey will be hard, complicated, dangerous, and life-threatening. The journey will also include a dark prince from the Winter court who is ridiculously gorgeous…so it’s not ALL bad.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a fae book. And you know what? I missed it. A LOT. I missed reading about the different courts and creatures and things like CHIMERAS and CHANGELINGS and OTHER COOL THINGS.

Meghan had a genuine teenage voice and reacted to this onslaught of information in a totally believable way. This definitely has some familiar elements for paranormal readers: she doesn’t know she’s special, she requires a guide to tell her information, things have to be explained to her so that the reader can understand them as well, a love triangle, etc. For some reason, these did not bother me in the slightest. Either I’ve been avoiding books like this for long enough that I can read it without getting annoyed, or Julie Kagawa packaged it in such a way that I just didn’t care! Also, her sassy and rad guide Grimalkin is a cat. HE RULES.

For anyone out there who has yet to read The Iron Fey series, it starts off fabulously. I was hooked into the story and the pace was a perfect blend of action, information, character development, and emotional connections. If it isn’t obvious, I’ll be digging into the next book in the series pretty dang soon.

Fave quote: "What if I can't?" I whispered. "What if the Iron King truly is invincible?" 
"Then we will all die," said the Elder Dryad, and faded back into her oak. The other dryads left, leaving me alone with a cat, a prince, and a stick. I sighed and looked down at the wood in my hands.
"No pressure or anything," I muttered. (pg. 279)

Fix er up: The only thing that bothers me in the slightest in all of this was near the end. Again, for those who haven’t read this, I will spare you a spoiler. For those who have, I’m referring to the big nosed girl at the coffee shop. What the what?

Author: Julie Kagawa
Publishing Info: 2010, Harlequin Teen
Genre: Fantasy

I read this book as part of the Rewind and Review feature hosted by Ginger at GReads! and myself. HOLLA at reading books out of my tbr!

[FTC Notice: I read a finished copy of this book that I borrowed from the amazing and awesome and fantastic Yani at The Secret Life ofan Avid Reader. I was not compensated in any way for this review.]

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Ash! I loved these books!

  2. This is an incredibly good series. I think you'll be quite happy with them :) And YES, Grim rocked.

  3. YAY! I didn't care about the love triangle either...Julie is a genius! I don't remember the coffee shop...I read this book SO long ago...

  4. Adore these books! I need to read The Iron Knight still but I love, love, love the world and the characters.

  5. Woo hoo!! I love this series so hard. So many great things! The best part is that they don't really let up in terms of ROCKING YOUR SOCKS. They're always awesome.

  6. I just started this the other day and, while I'm seriously interested, I'm really waiting for it to completely wow me. I hear sooo many good things about this series and so far I'm just meh about it. However... I've felt like this over several other books and then they've completely taken me by surprise and wowed me into next week! So, in conclusion, I'm just going to trust your awesome judgement and say that this book is going to rock my socks off! :)

    1. I don't think I can pinpoint the moment when I fell in lurve with this...it just happened! I hope the same happens with you!

  7. Love love love The Iron King. I just finished reading/reviewing it myself a couple days ago. I am interested to continue the series if nothing else but to hear more about Ash!

  8. YAY! You liked it! :D So happy.

    Grimalkin is the DA BOMB! Love that cat! And honestly, there's really no contest in the love triangle. TEAM ASH!! hehe

  9. Grimalkin is a runaway favorite of mine from the series...Followed very closely by an Iron Horse you have yet to meet!

    I'll agree that a lot of the good stuff didn't happen till very close to the end. I feel like Kagawa does that though. Lots of slow build up to a blockbuster finish. The only book I didn't feel that way with was the last...which was by far my fave.

    So happy you're liking it!

  10. Why can I not remember the coffee shop...hmmm. This is a really fun series - so glad you like it (oh, and I agree Grimalkin is awesome)!

  11. This coffee shop thing is going to drive me insane until I look it up... I'll have to go dig up my copy soon. I cannot FOR THE LIFE OF ME remember what you're talking about.

    I luuurve this series <3 It only gets better after the first book too and all of the characters grow and like, dude, ASH is there. Great review!


    1. It's when she comes back and gets a ride home from the chick at the coffee shop. There is talk of her getting a nose job... ringing bells?

  12. YAY for you reading this FINALLY. I LOVE Faery books. I am a huge dorkus, I know. And I don't care.

    And I have love that is not even normal for Prince Ash. Like, he isn't even real but my love for him is. So sit on that one for awhile. Because I have problems where Prince Ash is concerned. And you will too when you get to about...oh...The Iron Queen. TRUST.

    But knowing you, you'll be a Puck-lover. Because somehow we always end up falling for the opposites. Except for where the television is concerned.


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