The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) Meghan Chase Has A Secret Destiny One She Could Never Have ImaginedSomething 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 HomeWhen 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 ChangeBut 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 Something was happening, something strange and creepy and terrifying, and the scariest part of all was that it wore a familiar, ordinary face3 1 2 stars.While The Immortal Rules series is still Kagawa s winner for me so far, I was actually really pleasantly surprised by this book Almost everyone I know picked up this series a few years back and I deliberately avoided it YA paranormal with a love triangle Yeah, no thank you But I ve been meaning to see if I was wrong ever since I really enjoyed The Immortal Rules and this first installment is bursting with Kagawa s trademark humour and a likable cast of secondary characters It s far from perfect but I ve heard it s the weakest book of the series We shall see.The foundations of the story aren t breaking any new ground an awkward teenager called Meghan Chase discovers that the world isn t quite what she first expected when her brother gets kidnapped and taken to the Nevernever Fey world She must then go rescue him with the help of her friend Puck and other interesting creatures she meets along the way Of course, things aren t that simple and Meghan uncovers a bunch of dark secrets that have remained hidden in the Nevernever for years.Despite the familiar premise, The Iron King had a completely different atmosphere to most of the YA paranormal genre A lot of the genre is very loosely based in fantasy and focused around the central romantic angst, which this book wasn t, in my opinion It has a very Alice down the rabbit hole or A Midsummer Night s Dream kind of feel to it, almost dreamlike at times and full of magic and illusions There is some romance, of course, like when Meghan tries to convince herself that Ash is definitely not Mr SexyThat is Ash, prince of the Unseelie Court He tried to kill Puck, and he might try to kill you, as well He is not sexy He s notBut I think what I like most about Kagawa s work is that she creates a wonderful balance between dark, fast paced survival stories, and hilariously charismatic characters I admit that this story gets a little messy at times with the influx of every paranormal Fey like creature imaginable, popping up one after the other and causing drama, but I think the series may have been finding its footing.My love for the characters started with Puck, whose sense of humour was EXACTLY the kind I loveCharming, Puck commented, gazing around in distaste I love the barren, dead feel they re going for Who s the gardener, I wonder I d love to get some tipsandOh, we re playing nice now Shall we have tea first Brew up a nice pot of kiss my assI m sure Kagawa is going to try and persuade me to change my mind, but Puck is so much my type than Mr Broody smoldering gaze Ash I ve said before that I can be sold on a love triangle if it s told well and I think this is one I could get invested in And then there s GrimalkinI am a cat, Grimalkin replied, as if that explained anythingKagawa put an hilarious, completely lovable, frequently sarcastic cat in her book How could I not love it He is easily my favourite character so far, Puck coming in a close second The only character that hasn t wowed me yet is Meghan herself, but it also took a while for me to like Allison in The Immortal Rules so hopefully the MC love will come later.As I said, this book is far from perfect but it is enjoyable, fast paced fantasy And sometimes that s all I want.Blog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr ICOFA InCase of Fairy Abduction In the event that you are abducted by fairies, please adhere to the following guidelines so that I don t have to watch or read about you blundering through fairyland like an incompetent idiot.1 Never thank a fairy for services rendered.2 Never eat fairy food.3 Never dance with fairies.4 Never strike a bargain with a fairy unless you ve agreed on the fine points The Iron King is a book about a sixteen year old girl, Meghan Chase Can I advise all people reading this review never be sixteen It s a horrible age Avoid it as much as you can Meghan is dragged into the fairy world when her younger brother is replaced by a changling She soon discovers she has deeper ties to fairy than she d originally thought.The Iron King, like many modern day fairy tales, tries to adhere to old school fairy myths yet still manages to balls up and humanize certain fairies with all the eagerness a coming of age book about a sixteen year old on a magical adventure CAN balls up and humanize fairies I take particular exception to the depiction of famous fairy Robin Puck s character and the introduction of romantic lead, Ash The fact that Robin Puck has been turned from a wicked, mischeivous sprite with a penchant for disaster, into competition for a sixteen year old s affections was really just traumatizing to me Suddenly Puck is sexy, serious, occasionally brooding and suave Excuse me while I choke back tears and reread A Midsummer Night s Dream.We ve gone from To image error 3rd reread May 15, 2017 I still love this book to pieces Ash, you sexy motherfucker.I know that a lot of people might be surprised that I like this book, considering I tend to rip other fantasy YA to pieces I just don t think it s bad I don t think Meghan was annoying, she reacted appropriately freaked out at times, but that s reasonable I think Ash is HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG there s a reason he s one of my 3 book boyfriends Grimalkin is absolutely a devilish little delight Puck was a bit grating, but he was appropriate, given his character The Nevernever is enchantment itself The only thing that really bothered me was the fact that Ash and Meghan seemed to fall for each other so easily, with so little evidence Overall, this is still a rock solid book that I evidently love through an unprecedented three readings Original review I don t think there s anything further I can add to what s already been said about this legendary book There is so much to love, and very little I found objectionable This is my second time reading it, with a critical view, and I found that I enjoy it even this time around.The plot in a nutshell Meghan s little brother Ethan has been acting strange, and it turns out he has been replaced by a changeling She and her long time best friend Robbie popularly known as Robin Goodfellow, or Puck goes into the Nevernever to rescue him Along the way, she discovers the truth about herself, encounters numerous dangers and a cat , and falls in love.Sounds like your typical YA fantasy, right Oh, but this is so much As someone with a short temper for TSTL characters and unbelievable characters, I can tell you that there is nothing I can complain about here.I was starting to write a list of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, but there is so few of the latter two And whatever there is that is ugly in this book is so eloquently described that it becomes beautiful, if only the writing So here s the list of everything I love about this book.The settingThe Nevernever, in all of its lands and aspects, are beautifully and vividly described.A warm breeze blew into the closet, carrying with it a shocking assortment of smells smells that should not be together in one place Crushed leaves and cinnamon, smoke and apples, fresh earth, lavender, and the faint, cloying scent of rot and decay For a moment, I caught a tang of something metallic and coppery, wrapped around the smell of rot, but it was gone in the next breath And the creaturesIn the scattered moonlight, faeries danced and sang and laughed, calling out to me from a distance Satyrs whistled tunes on their pipes, piskies buzzed through the air on gossamer wings, and willowy dryads danced through the trees, their slender bodies waving like grass in the wind.The writing and environment so often makes or breaks a book, and in this case, it enhances the feel of a beautiful and dangerous world.The charactersMeghan is such a fantastic heroine She is strong, tough, but so vulnerable She acts impulsively sometimes, but never endangers herself or her loved ones needlessly.Meghan has her faults she is obstinate and headstrong at times, but it s in a believable and rather sympathetic manner.I slipped into the baggy jeans and the wrinkled, smelly T shirt, feeling a nasty glow of satisfaction as they slid comfortably over my skin Burn my things, will he I thought, dragging my sneakers out and shoving my feet into them.Little acts of rebellionwho among us hasn t dressed improperly for an important occasion as a teenager Meghan s little acts of foolishness are largely harmless, the defiance of a teenager instead of willful obstinacy, and I like her all the for it.Puck is Puck He is capricious, a trickster, but he has depth than that of a court jester He is truly devoted to Meghan, and the mistakes that he made in the past has made him even protective of her Puck is even willing to endanger himself and endure punishment for the sake of his friend, and I am glad that he is by Meghan s side as she continues her quest He adds an element of lightness to the serious feel of the novel, and his seemingly lighthearted stance is invaluable in helping Meghan keep her spirits up when things are fearful.Ash Oh man, what a dreamboat I love a good reformed rake in my Regency novel, and while this is in no way a similar story, Ash is the kind of bad boy that s every fangirl s dream He is dark, scarred he has a difficult past and a hard life as the son of Mab His courtship with Meghanif it can be called that, is a rough one They re enemies, and he did try to kill her What I stared at him in disbelief You tried to kill me Technically, I was trying to kill Puck You just happened to be there But yes, if I d had the shot, I would have taken it Their reluctant alliance and their growing feelings for each other are so gradual that I can t even recall the exact moment when Meghan falls for Ashor hell, when I fell for Ash.Grimalkin I don t think I ve ever met a talking cat I didn t like I ve loved talking cat guides in every fictional reincarnation I ve ever read, be it the Cheshire Cat or Edgewood Dirk, and I can say no less about him in this book I love his selfishness, his wicked sense of humor, his questionable morals, and his wisdom The Nevernever is dying, human It grows smaller and smaller every decade Too much progress, too much technology Mortals are losing their faith in anything but science Even the children of man are consumed by progress They sneer at the old stories and are drawn to the newest gadgets, computers, or video games They no longer believe in monsters or magic As cities grow and technology takes over the world, belief and imagination fade away, and so do we The plot itself is fast paced and action filled There is a lot that goes on in this novel typically, I hate it I like things to stay in one place Rapid changes in settings are so often poorly done and lose my interest and credibility, and just confuse the hell out of me This is not the case with The Iron King Everything is paced as it should, and though the book moves rapidly, I never feel lost I m so glad I reread this book it only improves in the reading. DNFI tried I really, really tried.But this just wasn t my jam I picked it up at least three different times and no dice Onward XXXXXXXXXWhen you are interested in a book by an author you ve never read beforewhich is priced at 7.99and you discover your library has it in ebook form for FREE.

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  • 363 pages
  • The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
  • Julie Kagawa
  • English
  • 04 April 2019
  • 9780373210084

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