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The Iron King

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Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey #1
Release Date: February 1, 2010
Dates Read: February 19-25, 2012

Rating: ★★★★½ 

I loved this book! It was a classic “something strange happens on your 16th birthday” coming-of-age tale, which is part of why it was so enjoyable. You can’t help but root for Meghan, even though she can get a bit whiney. Essentially, The Iron King is about Meghan’s journey to get her kidnapped brother back from Faeryland. Along the way, she learns that her life may not be as ordinary as it seems, and that people and events in her life were more than odd coincidences. I loved how Kagawa used established literary characters like Puck, Oberon, Titania, and Queen Mab. My favorite character would definitely be Puck. Even though he ended up not being in a large chunk of the book, when he was there he was hilarious, and very loyal and protective of Meghan. I loved the tie-in with her “normal” life as far as he was concerned. Ash is very interesting. I didn’t really buy their “romance” until close to the end of the book, and even then I’m still not sold on it. The enemy was really cool, the idea of the Iron Fey coming from the rise of technology in the human world and the disbelief in things like fey was unique. Also, I read on one of the author’s tweets/blog that the main villain’s appearance was inspired by Sephiroth. *geek squee* If I didn’t have so many books that I need to read by the end of the month (for book clubs and such), I would have shot through this whole series one right after the other. I literally cannot wait for when I’ve got a large chunk of my “to-read-ASAP” list done, and a day off work so that I can have an Iron Fey marathon day.

Happy reading, and good eating!

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