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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa Review

iron king‘Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

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’ Summary from Goodreads

Series: Book #1 of The Iron Fey

Genres: YA, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Fairies

I have being meaning to read this book for SO long. Anything fairy-tale is right up my street and The Iron King had some great reviews on Goodreads so I took the plunge and brought it. And I am so glad I did.

Characters – I immediately warmed to Meghan. She is such a likeable character and I really wanted her to do good. The way she was written was beautiful, I loved the first narration. Now, on the negative, Meghan isn’t really an action girl. In fact she’s pretty useless in any life threatening situation. Although I found myself saying ‘just get out the way’ on more then one occasion whilst reading the book, I also thought that in the same situation I’d probably be equally useless. I also loved Ash – what can I say, hot bad boys make for interesting reading. He was brooding and standoffish but also showed glimmers of kindness and I wanted him and Meghan to get together SO bad! I also ADORED Grim – talking cats are just so cool!

Writing – I think the writing and world building made this book for me. The writing is beautifully done and the world building is AMAZING. I absolutely loved immersing myself into the never never and all the faery customs. There is so much detail and mythology and its just really cool.

Plot – The story was kind of a slow burner to begin with, but once it got going I really loved the twist that the author had done on traditional fairies. It was new and exciting and I am looking forward to seeing where the plot goes on in the next two books!

Love Triangle – I actually quite liked this love triangle, which is a shocker because I normally get very annoyed very quickly with them. I am definitely team Ash, but I do have a little soft spot for Puck! I think the reason why I enjoyed this love triangle so much was because it wasn’t done in a in your face way! It wasn’t the main focus of the book or the heroine, it just slipped nicely into the story.

Final thoughts – I really enjoyed this book. It was a great and easy read that has really got me back into books after my exams. I loved the world, and I cannot wait to read more – I will definitely be picking up the remaining two books in the series when my book buying ban ends!

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