I borrowed The Iron King from Celina, sorry it took me so long to read it and thanks for lending it to me. 🙂 I’ve heard about this book from several bloggers and it has been recommended in some of my Goodreads groups.
Here’s the summary from Julie Kagawa’s website:
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.
Look at the cover, isn’t it so pretty? I’m tempted to get the book just for that cover. Celina got her copy from Fully Booked for more than P600 so it’s a little pricey for a paperback.
Meghan is not a typical teenager. She lives in an isolated area far from town with her mom, step-dad and half-brother, Ethan. The family’s main source of income is pig farming so they aren’t very well-off and Meghan doesn’t even have her own cellphone or laptop like the kids in her school. To make it worse, she doesn’t get along with her classmates and she only has one friend – Robbie Goodfell. Everything changes when Meghan turns sixteen and her brother Ethan is kidnapped by the fey and a changeling was left in his place. Meghan embarks on a quest to bring her brother back, never knowing that there’s much more in store for her in the faery world.
There are several books about faery that are available nowadays. They are all similar in a lot of ways – they have the Seelie and Unseelie Courts, they portray the fey as dark and cruel creatures who willingly prey on humans. What’s different with Julie Kagawa’s novel is the presence of the Iron Court. I liked this new concept considering that in this book, the fey exist because of human dreams and emotions and it just follows that with the boom of technology, other forms of fey developed. I also liked that Meghan is a smart girl and was able to outwit faeries on her own. Meghan’s companions – the prankster Puck, the aloof Unseelie Court’s Prince Ash and the sly cat Grimalkin – make the story much more interesting. This was a fun, enjoyable read with plenty of action.
You can read Winter’s Passage, a novella that occurs after The Iron King for free at this site. I’m going to read it soon and I look forward to the sequel, The Iron Daughter. To those who are wondering, I’m for TEAM ASH. 🙂