Review: The Iron King

Series: #1 in The Iron Fey Series 
Author: Julie Kagawa 
Format: Physical book 
Pages: 363
Genre: YA Fantasy 
Goodreads Rating: 3.92
Published:February 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen

 Meghan Chase reminds us the lengths we will go to for someone we love. Her love for her brother, determination, loyalty, and friends get her in and out of trouble. The story starts out slow, and I was afraid this book wasn't going to be original, but I pushed through and I'm glad I did. Meghan goes through what most YA lead characters go through ie poor, unpopular, family doesn't pay attention, and it dragged for me. I did however really get into it once the plot took off, and gave a twist on the original troupes in YA. 

I found the journey Meghan went on, and the complex twists the story took fun and driving. This book was plot driven. The reader anxiously reads hoping Meghan finds her brother. The writing makes you feel the dread, fear, and anxiety you would get while anxiously going through all the hoops to retrieve you loved one. Meghan takes drastic measures to get the help she needs to find her brother, and while you know she shouldn't you can't help but agree with her. Promises are made that can't be broken, relationships are formed, betrayals are made, and the story leaves you needing more. 

Meghan was by far my favorite character. She was so determined throughout this book, and she never changed the way she thought for anyone. She never gave up, she was loyal to her friends, and was willing to do whatever it took to take care of the ones she loves. To me Meghan is a hufflepuff and I could see us being the best of friends. 
Robbie was great. He was mischievous, funny, moody, and so much more. I loved the dynamic between him and Meghan, but I lived for the relationship between him and Ash. Ash is our mysterious "bad" boy with a past. While his character didn't feel original I still enjoyed reading about him. 
The world building was dark, eerie, and magical. It reminded me of a Gothic romance in the sense that most scenes were dark and creepy. The reader never knew what to expect. Meghan was being hunted, and you never knew who was looking out for her or themselves. There were creatures that were blood thirsty, driven mad, and determined to only kill or be killed. The Fey were cryptic, selfish, or manipulating. There are romantic and comical relief, and I found them to be well written and at the right moments. The ending of the book left the door wide open for anything, and left enough suspense to make me go out and get the second book almost immediately.  

While this book was slow at first, it picked up in the middle and overall was a fun read. I enjoyed the plot, and our main characters loyalty and determination. I believe this book was the beginning to a great series, and I look forward to seeing what's next. 

4/5 Stars