The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

I borrowed The Iron King from Celina, sorry it took me so long to read it and thanks for lending it to me. πŸ™‚ 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 truthβ€”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. πŸ™‚

38 thoughts on “The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

  1. I’m glad you liked it! I was afraid you wouldn’t enjoy it because I couldn’t make up my mind about it either.:) I love the characters though, my favorite was probably Grimalkin.

    Yes, Team Ash all the way!:)

    • I enjoyed reading it and I like it more than the other faery books that I’ve read. πŸ™‚ Yes, the characters in this one were fun to read about. I’m hoping to see more of Puck in the next book. I felt like his character wasn’t fully developed in this one.

    • This is a debut novel, right? I’m glad that Julie Kagawa is getting more exposure. I’ve seen several good reviews of this in the blogosphere. I hope the sequel is just as good (if not better).

  2. Hey Chachic! I’m Mia from another blog named Mini.

    I think it is so cool that you’re from Manila! I was just wondering what your favorite book is?

    Bye and please reply:)

    • Hi Mia, thanks for dropping by! It’s hard to pinpoint just one favorite book because I have several. I actually have a list of favorite books, which you can check out here. πŸ™‚

  3. Can you help me? I’m going on a trip for a month and I’m trying to find some new books to read. I clicked on your favorite books page and saw that you liked Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith.

    Can you by any chance recommend a few books like Crown Duel? I really like fantasy books that are kind of medieval and set in a fantasy world like Crown Duel or Iron King or my personal favorite, Poison Study (if you haven’t read it, you should and if you can’t find it, you can totally borrow it from me) .

    So……do you have any books to recommend? I would really appreciate it, thanks! πŸ™‚

    • Hello again, Mia! Yes, I loved Crown Duel and I was lucky enough to meet Sherwood Smith in person when I was in the States last year. Have you read her other books? I recommend the Sasharia en Garde duology if you haven’t read that. Also, A Stranger to Command, which is Vidanric’s story when he was sent to study in Marloven Hess. Her Inda series is also awesome although that’s not YA so I’m not sure if you’ll be into that.

      I have read Poison Study and I did love it as well. πŸ™‚ Other great YA high fantasy reads are The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley and its companion novel The Hero and the Crown; Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore and I would have to recommend one of my absolute favorite series of all time: The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner starting with The Thief.

      For books that are about faery, similar to The Iron King, I would recommend Maggie Stiefvater’s Lament and Ballad, Holly Black’s Tithe, Valiant, Ironside and Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely.

      Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks! That would probably have helped a lot if I wasn’t such a bookworm:) I’ve kinda read all of them except The Blue Sword and the Inda series. I’ll make sure I try the Inda series.

    Bye and thanks again!


    • You’ve read the Queen’s Thief series? What did you think of them? πŸ™‚ If you want other fantasy recs, check out the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones and the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan. For historical fiction, Elizabeth Wein’s books have been recommended several times for fans of Megan Whalen Turner. Also, Eva Ibbotson’s YA books are lovely – my favorites are A Countess Below Stairs, The Reluctant Heiress, A Company of Swans. If you’re interested in fairy tale retellings, I recommend Beauty by Robin McKinley, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale and Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.

  5. Yeah, it’s one of my favorites:)

    I keep finding recommendations on Howl’s Moving Castle but I can’t seem to make myself read it cause I already saw the movie. I also heard about the Countess Below Stairs and the Goose Girl.

    The Goose Girl seems really good but maybe for younger children? The Countess Below Stairs is on my reading list though. Did you really like it?

    Oh, and I’m definitely reading the Demon’s Lexicon!

    • Have you been to the LJ community of MWT fans, Sounis? I’ve gotten some pretty great recs from there. You should read Elizabeth Wein’s books then because her character, Telemakos, reminds me of Gen. The books about Telemakos are The Sunbird, The Lion Hunters, The Empty Kingdom. Another Gen-like character is Miles Vorkosigan from Lois McMaster Bujold’s books although that’s not YA and they’re sci-fi.

      You should give Howl’s Moving Castle a try! The book is very different from the movie and Diana Wynne Jones’ books are a lot of fun. A Conspiracy of Kings is dedicated to her. πŸ™‚

      The Goose Girl is YA so same level as the other books that I mentioned. I loved it as well as Countess Below Stairs. Those are in my favorites.

  6. I just read the synopsis to The Sunbird and it seems interesting. But it doesn’t seem as good as The Thief. Is it?

    I also think I’m going to read The Goose Girl.The other day I read a synopsis to Forest Born which is another book written by Shannon Hale. To me that seemed super interesting, but I felt as if I should read Goose Girl before it since Forest Born is kinda like a connecting series. Have you read it?

    Have you ever read the Green Rider series? It’s kind of like Crown Duel but it isn’t YA. You seem as if you would like it. Try it:)

    • The Sunbird is a pretty short book, it’s only a couple of pages long so it’s not as meaty as The Thief but it’s very good and if you’re going to read it, I recommend you get the duology that comes after it as well because those are even better.

      The Goose Girl is the first book in the Books of Bayern series. It is followed by Enna Burning then River Secrets and lastly, Forest Born. I haven’t read the last one because I’m waiting for it to come out in paperback so my copies will match. The first book is still my favorite out of all of them.

      I have read the Green Rider series and the books weren’t that good for me, I thought they were just okay. 😦 I wanted to like them but I didn’t.

  7. Are there any other books you would recommend? Maybe some similar to City of Bones? Or actually, more along the lines of Tamora Pierce?

    πŸ™‚ Yeah when I read it it seemed to go on forever. It wasn’t the best book but it was decent.

    When I read your favorite books page, I saw that you read Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. Have you’ve read any of her other books?

    • Oh how can I forget, have you read Mistwood by Leah Cypess? I have a review of it here on the blog, it’s recommended for fans of Kristin Cashore, Tamora Pierce and MWT. For other recommendations, maybe you can browse through some of my posts here and see if there’s anything that you’d like? πŸ™‚

      I’m sorry to say that I’m not a fan of the Mortal Instruments series. I wanted to like it but I just couldn’t get past that major plot twist (you know what I mean).

      Yes, I’ve read the Song of the Lioness series and the Protector of the Small series. I’m curious about her other books but I still have a huge TBR so I don’t know when I’ll get around to reading them.

  8. Yeah I have read it but I didn’t really like it. Did you enjoy it? It was an okay book but it seemed a bit spread out and empty.

    Yeah I know what you mean:) That twist did take me by surprise. Are you going to try her new series though? Th Clockwork Angel? I’m pretty sure it won’t have a twist that dramatic again:)

    I’ve been trying to read all of Tamora Pierce’s books but I’ve hit a road block. I was going to read Sandry’s Book next but I saw that the reviews for it were pretty bad. Now I’m kinda afraid to read them:)

    Let’s see….have you read the Hunger Games or Percy Jackson? Or Brightly Woven? I enjoyed those books very much.

    • Aww really? I really liked Mistwood so I’m kind of sad that you didn’t.

      I might try out her new series just to see if it’s better than the old one. I liked her writing style but was just put off by that twist. I’m hoping the new series will be better! I might wait for the book to come out in paperback though.

      Have you read the books about Daine? I’ve heard good things about that. Also with her latest, the Beka Cooper series. So maybe you can tackle those first. πŸ™‚

      Yes, I’ve read The Hunger Games series, can’t wait for Mockingjay! I’ve read the first Percy Jackson book before I watched the movie and I liked it but it’s middle grade and not YA, right? I want to read Brightly Woven but it’s not available over here! 😦

      Have you tried Juliet Marillier or Sharon Shinn’s books? I recently finished reading Daughter of the Forest and I have a review of it here. I loved it. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. As for Sharon Shinn, I love her Samaria books. These aren’t YA though.

  9. I’m sorry! πŸ™‚ I thought I would like it and but I didn’t. If there is a second book, I will give it another try.

    Yeah I’ve read both the books about Daine and the Beka Cooper series. You should try them, they’re really good.

    I know! I’m going to get Mockingjay the first day it comes out! So excited:)

    Yeah, Percy Jackson is middle grade but I think they’re good for all ages. I read them when I was in late seventh grade… I think.

    😦 Brightly Woven is one of my favorites. I hope you can read it soon! Do you speak English, Filipino, Spanish, or another language?

    I just read the synopsis to both Juliet Marillier’s and Sharon Shinn’s books. Daughter of the Forest seems good. I’m going to make sure I read that soon:) But the Samaria books seems sci-fi. This is the sentence that makes me feel that way, “the armed space cruiser Jehovah still looms over the planet Samaria, programmed to unleash its arsenal if peace is not sustained.” Why is there a space cruiser above them?

    • I think there’ll be a companion novel but I’m not sure when it’s going to be released.

      Yes, I’m planning to give those a try but maybe later when I’ve made a significant dent in my TBR pile. πŸ™‚

      I’m planning to get Mockingjay the moment it becomes available here!

      I asked one of the local bookstores to order it for me since it’s not in their inventory. They said it’ll take 4 to 8 weeks to get here, I hope I get it sooner! I speak just English and Filipino. πŸ™‚

      Juliet Marillier has a YA book that you might want to check out: Wildwood Dancing. Although Daughter of the Forest is really excellent. Although it’s hard to read (as I mentioned in my review). Oh no, that was mentioned in a synopsis? Hahaha you’re not supposed to find out about that until the second book! In any case, maybe you’ll like Sharon Shinn’s YA books? I’ve only read Summers at Castle Auburn.

      Give the Bartimaeus trilogy a try, you might like them. πŸ™‚ I don’t know if I also mentioned the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix but that’s really good as well.

  10. If there is a companion novel, I promise to try it:)

    I hope you make a dent in your TBR pile soon! I love Tamora Pierce:)

    Have you read Linger? I thought it was really good, and it’s gotten great reviews. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick?

    Do you read your books in English? I had a thought…wouldn’t it be cool if we did a YA book trade so that we can review the books on our blogs and read each others books? But… I bet the international shipping fees would be costly, plus you seem to have read every single book I named:)

    My friend just recommend Wildwood Dancing to me. But the plot didn’t seem enticing enough. I will try it though:) Is it in your top ten favorite books?

    Does that mean the Samaria series is ruined for me? But the synopsis for Summers at Castle Auburn does seem good. Did you enjoy it? I think I’m going to put it on my reading list. Gosh, you’ve given me so many books to read:)

    I’ve read Sabriel but I’m putting off buying the other books. What happens in the second book? Can you give me a quick summary?

    • You mean Shiver, right? Because Linger isn’t out. I’ve read Shiver and I like it as well. I look forward to Linger. Hmm the reviews I’ve seen of Hush, Hush aren’t that good so I have a feeling I won’t like it. The cover’s pretty though.

      Yes, I read books in English. πŸ™‚ I’m planning to do a post about reading books in English actually. I might do that next week. Hey, it’ll be great to trade books! But you’re right, shipping will be really expensive. I’m willing to try it if you set-up something and let me know the details.

      Wildwood Dancing was good but not that great. Daughter of the Forest is in a different league compared to it. Haha I don’t know if I can name top ten favorite books, I have so many!

      I think you can still read the Samaria books. πŸ™‚ That little bit of information is given in the second book. I liked Summers at Castle Auburn but not enough to put it under my favorites. The Samaria series is a lot better for me. Yay, glad to have given several recommendations! I hope you follow my future reviews so you can get more ideas. πŸ™‚

      Sabriel is my favorite in that trilogy. The next two books occur a generation after and focuses on finding the new Abhorsen so the main character isn’t Sabriel anymore although she does make an appearance in those books. Do you have Goodreads? It’s a great site for book lovers. You can talk about the books that you love and get recommendations from others.

  11. Opps, yeah I mean Shiver-sorry! Can’t wait for Shiver either, I have it marked on my book calendar. I have a whole calendar on my email devoted on incoming book releases:) I need it for my blog though:)

    Hush Hush is good if you have nothing to read. It’s a good last resort book. It’s plot is good but a bit too ordinary. Have you read the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson? It’s a bit more on the sci-fi side with a little to none romance. It still good though.

    I was reading a blog by Richelle Mead, the author of Vampire Academy (have you read it?), where she was talking about Media shipping. It’s this very cheap shipping thing for more than three books. The only problem is that it takes along time to arrive. If you ever want to try it, I could send a box of like…ten books? to you and you send me ten and then when were done reading them we can send them back with like 5-10 more books of our own.

    I know ten books is probably a lot but if they take such a long time to deliver then you should have a lot to read until the next batch comes. I could try sending you Brightly Woven to see how long the deliveries take? πŸ™‚

    YAY! I will read the Samaria books then. They do seem really interesting! By the way, have you read Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder? It’s the follow up series to Poison Study.

    Yeah, I love I find good recommendations every time I get their newsletter. Have you ever been on I love that place too. It’s okay if you don’t have an account but it gives even better recommendations if you do have an account. I also love the Harper Collins Catalogues. Have you ever been on those?

    • I also have a lot of books that I’m waiting for. πŸ™‚

      I’ll keep that in mind. I haven’t read the Maximum Ride series but I’ve heard it mentioned several times.

      I’ve read the Vampire Academy books although not the latest one. I think it’s the best vampire series out there. I saw her post about media mail but the thing is, I don’t know if we have that over here. 😦 Where are you based, by the way?

      I haven’t read Storm Glass and there’s another book out by Maria V. Snyder, right? Inside Out? I’ve seen it reviewed in some blogs.

      I have a Goodreads account, there’s a button in my sidebar if you want to add me up as a contact. πŸ™‚ I could recommend the two YA groups that I’m most active in. I’ve seen several Harper Collins catalogues but I’m not subscribed to them.

  12. I love the Vampire Academy series too. And I totally agree with you. Vampire Academy does seem to be the best Vampire based series. But I enjoy the Morganville Vampires and my personal favorite, Strange Angels.

    I live in Chicago, IL, United States of America. And you’re in the Philippines right?

    I’ve heard of Inside Out but that also seems very dystopian and sci-fi. I’ll probably read it in the future though, you?

    I mean their catalogue website. You can find release dates for books before they’re mentioned by the author.

    You just have to keep clicking on the arrow till you get to the YA books. They also have some for adult and paperback books.

    Have you read the firebird short stories like Firebird Rising? I heard those are suppose to be good.

    • I need to read the final book soon because people have been telling me that it’s the best one in the series.

      Oh you’re in the States. Yes, I’m in the Philippines. πŸ™‚

      Not sure if I’ll get it. I’m not a huge fan of dystopian books. The only ones that I’ve liked were the Hunger Games books. I’m more into high fantasy than anything else.

      Oooh thanks for the link, I’ll go check it out!

      I have both Firebirds and Firebirds Soaring but not Firebird Rising because Sherwood Smith published short stories about Mel and Vidanric’s kids in those two books. πŸ™‚ The short stories from other authors are good as well. By the way, I just posted about A Stranger to Command, have you read that?

  13. YES! Go get it! I’m not sure if it is the best in the series, but it is certaintly good:)

    Yup, do you like the Philippines or the States more? Just wondering since you’ve mentioned that you visited.

    I agree with you. I’ve been trying to read The Forest of Hands and Teeth because everyone gave it such good reviews. But I can’t get over how the whole settlement is so Pilgrim-like. I’m only on Chapter two:)

    Darn, you’ve really have read everything:) I’ve been trying to read the firebird short stories but I keep finding other books to read:)

    There’s one book that I so want to read. It’s called Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. The synopsis seems good but it’s not coming out till October:(

    • Do I like the Philippines or the States more? Hmm, that’s actually a difficult question to answer. I love the Philippines and I always will, this is where I grew up and spent most of my life but I would like to try working or studying in the States because there are so many things that I could do there and I couldn’t here. There’s a huge difference between a first world and a third world country after all.

      I saw good reviews of that book as well but I haven’t gotten it because I’m not a fan of dystopian books. I do hope it gets better for you. πŸ™‚

      Have you read the outtakes from Crown Duel? I mean the scenes that were written from Vidanric’s point of view? I love those. They’re available in the Crown Duel e-book.

      Nightshade seems interesting. There’s a giveaway for it over here in case you want to join.

  14. Thanks, but I truly believe I won’t ever finish it:)

    But…there is one dystopian book that I like- at least I think it’s dystopian- it’s called Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. You probably have read it. I thought it was so good πŸ™‚

    !!!:) I haven’t read the outtakes but now I want to. Is it free? And is it on Sherwood Smith’s website??

    I already entered a giveaway on goodreads:) I hope I win.

    Are you thinking of going to a college or university over here? Or have you passed the opportunity to go away?

    • Really, it’s not that compelling?

      You know what, I haven’t read the Uglies series! I’ve heard so many good things about it but I haven’t gotten around to getting copies. The only Westerfeld book that I have is Leviathan, which I still haven’t read.

      It used to be available for free in Sherwood’s website but now you have to purchase the e-book to read the outtakes. You can buy the e-book from Smashwords, I have a link for it in my review of A Stranger to Command.

      I’m already working so maybe I can explore further studies in the States later on or try to find a job but I don’t have definite plans as of now. πŸ™‚

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  16. AUGH! I was away the whole summer in France. This comment was on page six of my inbox. This weekend, I cleaned my email and found this. Opps! πŸ™‚

    It does seem kind of late to start the convo where we left off. But I read the last comments and I saw something about Nightshade.

    WHOA! Did you read it yet?? It has a lot of romance in it but it was still a really good paranormal genre book. I totally think it’s going to be a big hit. I was walking down the street in downtown and I saw five people reading it.

    But yeah, it was good. If you haven’t read it, you should.

    What else did I read??? …..MOCKINGJAY! πŸ™‚ This book was sad! Have you read it yet?

    Oh, I also read the Lost Hero, Clockwork Angel, Spy Glass, Magic Lost Trouble Found (Kind of slow but good) and some others. You?

    • Oh wow, France! Looks like you had a great summer. I haven’t read Nightshade and I don’t plan to do so anytime soon. πŸ˜› I’m trying to stay away from paranormal YA because I feel like they’re all the same and I don’t end up liking them anyway.

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