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The Iron King (The Iron Fey, Book 1) Paperback – 4 Feb 2011
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Two companions, funny Puck and dishy Ash, and a dry-witted talking cat, accompany Meghan through fairy-tale landscapes and scenes of more primitive mythology, with monsters and earthy sensuality. Faerie lands, we learn, are sustained by human imagination; as new technology is changing our dreams, we have conjured up an industrialised wasteland that threatens to destroy the nature sprites. The story works because of Meghan s voice, with her incredulity and her teenage frame of reference, while good ideas leaven what could be a tired formula. --The Sunday Times Children s Book of the week 24th Jan 2011
If you are crazy about fantastical books then you ll love this supernatural tale. Told through 16-year-old Meghan Chase s eyes, she learns that she is the daughter of a mythical king and has to follow an enchanted destiny. A stan-out in this fairy-filled genre. 9/10 rating --Kiss Magazine March 2011 issue
This debut novel, part one of Julie Kegawa s Iron Fey series, comes with a winning combination of magic, suspense and romance. A genuine page-turner, it brings together myth, fantasy and Shakespeare, all underscored with ideas of science and technology. --Sunday Express
About the Author
Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.
Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.
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Review first published on Secret Paths: http://about-books.secret-paths.com/?p=32
Megan thinks her luck is about to change when she is finally on her life-long crushes radar. Too bad her luck backfires and she becomes the target of a cruel and awful prank. Things go from bad to worse in Megan's life when she discovers Ethan has been taken...and only she can get him back.
Robbie reveals to her that he is not what he seems and neither is she. She is part fey, and Ethan has been taken into Faery. She can get him back, if she's brave enough to make the journey.
When Megan arrives in the Nevernever, she discovers more about herself than she ever could have believed. She is not the daughter of the mortal who disappeared when she was six like she thought. She is the daughter of Oberon, the Summer King which makes her an easy target for many enemies.
Megan attracts the attention of Ash, the Winter Prince. Winter and Summer have always been foes, but Ash may be the one person who can help her get Ethan back.
Megan was a strong character to lead us through the story with a likeable voice and personality. Her struggles in the beginning of the book is something most teenagers can identify with. Being in first person, you really get inside her head, feel what she feels. And trust me, I felt every bit as mortified.
The introduction of Ash was beautifully done. A dark prince who says he may yet kill her, or at the very least betray her, Ash is the ultimate bad boy. His rivalry with Puck increases the reader's curiosity, making them want to know every moment of their past.
Julie Kagawa has created a beautiful knew story world, combining old legends and modern dreaming with an incredible cast of characters to keep the story going. The romance was tender and bittersweet, the humour dark and twisted. I loved every second of this book.
Meghan Chase, our main protagonist, has a pretty ordinary life. Or at least, aside from the tragic death of her father years ago, she thinks she does now. So that sounds boring right? Ordinarily I'd agree but wait, there's more: Meghan's little brother is missing; stolen from his bedroom in the night and replaced with a changeling (a faerie baby - a.k.a A look-a-like faerie imposter) and Meghan HAS to get him back. How? Well lately Meghan has started seeing things: Gorgeous boys on horseback, hooded figures in closets and odd looking characters in the streets. For anyone that has read faerie fiction before I imagine the beginnings of "seeing" the Fey usually come across this way because Kagawa seemed to deliberately leave little clues like this for us to pick up on.
Essentially, once Meghan realises she can see the Fey, and maybe more, the story really kicks off into an action-packed adventure through the world of the Nevernever (a world with three faerie kingdoms within it)where Meghan begins to learn more about the Fey and herself. As it turns out, Meghan is FAR from ordinary.
I loved Ash, Meghan and Robbie/Puck. The relationships between the three of them are really interesting - particularly between Robbie and Ash. Moreover, it's rare for me to really connect with a character and to find them especially likeable but I did with all three; Robbie is especially witty whilst Ash is more mysterious. But the character I loved the most has to be Grimalkin - Meghan's eventual tour-guide who just happens to be a talking, occasionally invisible cat. He is just fantastic! I challenge anyone not to love him; he's very similar to "Alice in Wonderland"'s Cheshire cat.
Was there anything I didn't like that you might notice too? Actually there was one thing (but notice that it absolutely does not affect the star rating this fabulous book deserves, nor does it cause me to question how much I enjoyed reading it). Although Ethan (Meghan's little brother who goes missing) only features very rarely at the beginning, I just got the impression within the first few chapters that Meghan resented him a bit. Actually, it sometimes came across as though she wasn't his biggest fan at all. So it seemed a bit of a sudden change when she charges into the world of the Fey to search for him without putting up a fuss. Having said that, he is her brother so I wouldn't have expected any less - it just seemed a bit of an abrupt switch in opinions.
So overall, do I recommend this? Absolutely! Get a copy quickly! I'll definitely be getting the sequel. Also, there's a funny little guide to the Nevernever at the back of the book which is good fun alongside a Q&A with the author - always nice to have some extra bits.
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