Friday, December 9, 2011

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
2010, Harlequin
Series: Book 1 of Iron Fey

Synopsis: 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.

Why read: Bought after hearing constant raving about the series.

What impressed me: The entire concept of iron fey was logically concocted. They seemed to be a natural progression of fey as a whole. I loved that A Midsummer Night's Dream was incorporated into the story.

What disappointed me: The love triangle was, well, confusing. Puck likes Meghan. I get that. Meghan is attracted to Ash. Not really getting his appeal, as Ash just wants to kill Puck and would be more than willing to kill Meghan if his mother didn't have other plans for her. There's not noticing the best friend because of the allure of a bad boy, and then there's lusting over someone who doesn't care if you live or die. I get that plot progression is meant to make Ash into a more likely candidate for Meghan's attention, but I don't see it.

Recommended: Fans of faerie stories, especially those who are interested in a mashing of both modern and classic.

Continue series: I can't wait to see how things play out in each of the faerie courts, but I'm not sure how long I'll last if the love triangle doesn't get more realistic.

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