by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 1, 2010
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Barnes & Noble
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.
Okay so first off, the cover of this book is gorgeous. I love the colors, I love the model they picked for Meghan, the twists of vines on the front, the font, everything. I love it. It really draws the readers to the book and catches your eye when walking by.
Now for the book itself. I have to say I was a little apprehensive in the beginning of the book. I was used to reading Aprilynne Pike’s Wings Series, which only shows faeries as being actual faeries (not to mention the fact that they are plants). So it was a little bit of a change when Kagawa started noting all the creatures in Nevernever as faeries. I definitely was slow reading this starting out. I really wasn’t sure that I liked it, and I was a little concerned that it wasn’t going to turn out as well as I thought it would. But, true to my nature, I pushed through and continued to read, because I never stop in the middle of a book. I always finish no matter what. And how glad I was that I did. Once I got past the first few chapters I was immersed in the story and already beyond attached to the characters.
Okay, now for the SPOILER ALERT!
Can I just say that even at the end of the book I had already fallen deeply in love with Ash? I seem to always go for the dark, mysterious, brooding characters in the book. The ice prince, who’s heart is cold as ice, yet warms as the human girl he never believed himself able to fall for steals it away. *Sigh* I’m such a sucker for romance. The journey through the Iron Kingdom may have been my favorite part of the entire series honestly. Watching Ash and Meghan grow closer and closer, while knowing all the while that their love is forbidden and that it can never be, made my heart soar. Dangerous, forbidden love, I believe, is one of the most yearned for things by young people. The secrecy, the passion, the romance. It’s just too much. Oh and I love Grim. He cracks me up. “I am a cat.” Like that explains everything! As for Meghan, I thought she stayed incredibly brave, though I was a little…how do I put this…apprehensive about how little apprehensiveness she had about going to Nevernever. It just seemed to me like she accepted it too quickly. All I can say is that I’m glad that, number 1, The Iron Daughter was already out when I started reading this, and number 2, that Kagawa wrote Winter’s Passage. I Actually I’m glad the entire series is out (besides the Iron Prophecy.) But I am sad that Ash and Meghan and Puck’s story is over. OH! I almost forgot about Puck! What can I say about Puck? I do love him. I think he is a great character and I love trying to figure out what he is thinking. I’m glad that Summer’s Crossing was in his point of view, because I loved it. Meghan (mostly) only sees his goofy side, as he hides his emotions behind this, while in his point of view you get the whole Puck. And I really do feel bad for him that he didn’t get Meghan at the end of the book, but, I’m sorry. I love Ash more.
Okay end of the SPOILER ALERT!
“I am a cat.”
“Oh, we’re playing nice now? Shall we have tea first? Brew up a nice pot of kiss-my-ass?”
“Touch her, and I’ll freeze your testicles off and put them in a jar. Understand?”
“The Winter prince and Oberon’s jester agreeing on something. The world must be ending.”
“You made me feel alive again.”
“Good God, the Ice Prince was making jokes now; the world must be ending.”
“Yeah, Mom, Ethan’s turned into a monster and my best friend thinks he’s a faery. How was your day?”
“Hi, Princess. Sorry I’m late. Traffic was a bitch.”
“I would have gotten you there!” Puck roared. “Me! You don’t need his help! Don’t you trust me to keep you safe? I would’ve given everything for you. Why didn’t you think I’d be enough?”
–Puck (I really do feel sorry for Puck. Poor guy.)
The last thing I could say is, READ THE BOOK! If you love fantasy, the unknown, adventure, romance, forbidden love, unrequited love, snarky cats, goofy faeries of legend, jerk faerie dads, evil faerie bitch queens, gorgeous ice princes, etc., READ THIS BOOK!
Would you like me to say it again? READ. THE. IRON. KING.
You will not regret it 🙂