Monday, 11 April 2011

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron King
Series:   #1 Iron Fey
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teens
Publication Date: February 2010
Pages: 363
Special Features: A chat with Julie Kagawa, Survival Guide to the Nevernever and a preview with second book in the series Iron Daughter.
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.10

'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.'
 One word= WOW!!!!
This book is amazing beyond describe.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa is a book full of imagination, creativity and fantasy, showing the amazing ability and skill Julie Kagawa has when it comes to fictional writing.

The book is written in first person from Meghan Chase's perspective and follows the story of Meghan as she enters the world of faery otherwise known as Nevernever in search for her younger brother who has been kidnapped.

I never thought it was actually possible to be able to put so much in one book and still have the story go at a steady pace. The story starts on the day before Meghan turns 16 living, a what some may describe as average life and suddenly being sucked into such an amazing world full of so much imagination, one which you would only believe ever existed in children nowadays.

The book also adds an aspect of present times and technology, with the use of the Iron World, adding even more awesomeness to make this book awesome.

For me the story has resemblance to fairy tales, which I guess is quite ironic as it is a book about fairies or fey as they are known in the book. The book also uses inspiration from Shakespeares A Midsummer Night Dream, using three characters: Robin Goodfellow, Oberon and Queen Titania as main characters in the story.

Meghan Chase starts off as a average and realistic Americain teenager, who is falling head over heals for school most popular and 'hot' guy, whilst wanting the latest in technology. But she is a character willing to give up anything for her family especially for Ethan her younger brother, which we witness multiple times throughout the book. Meghan is a strong and unforgettable female protagonist.
Along Meghan's journey we are introduced to a number of amazing and quite iconic characters.
Firstly there is Robin Goodfellow, her bodyguard  and a companion throughout the majority of her journey. He is King Oberan's most trusted man, but also Meghan's best friend. He is portrayed as a humours and enjoyable character, someone who surely brightens up the book.
Someone else who I believe adds some humor to the book is Grimalkin a Cait Sith, or cat known in the human world, who has quite a resemblance to the Cheshire Cat featured in Alice in Wonderland.
But my favourite character by far is the Winter Prince, Ash. He is seen as someone with a male ego, but the hot looks, enough to make your heart melt. As the book goes on we witness a relationship between Meghan and Ash which is absolutely adorable and adds the only thing missing to this book, romance.

The story is absolutely amazing, as I've said I can not describe how good it really is. It is definitely high up there with some of my other favourite books.
This a remarkable unique and well god-damn awesome debut. Julie Kagawa really is a skilled author, whose writing is wonderfully flawless.

I give this book a well deserved:

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