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Description - The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny - one she could never have imagined

My name is Meghan Chase. In less than twenty-four hours I'll be sixteen. Countless stories, songs and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset. I don't think it will be that way for me.

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 fairy 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 fairy creature dare face and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

"The Iron King is a must read!" New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741168693
ISBN-10: 1741168694
Format: Paperback / softback
(132mm x 198mm x 25mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Mira
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2010
Country of Publication: Australia

Book Reviews - The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

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Book Review: Iron King by Julie Kagawa - Reviewed by (21 Jul 2011)

This is the first book in the Iron Fey series. Meghan Chase is turning sixteen, lives on a pig farm with her mother, step father and half brother, Ethan and isn’t so popular at school. Her best friend and neighbour Robbie is a true prankster. Meg’s world first starts to change when she is tutoring the popular football player who she has had a crush on forever and thanks to some strange things happening on the computer to humiliate him, she knows she has lost her chance forever… and she thinks she saw something creepy on top of the computer but quickly dismisses it.

After being humiliated at school, Meg comes home to find her mum passed out on the ground and he little brother standing over her creepily, after Luke takes her mum to the hospital Robbie comes over and Ethan attacks her and bites her leg!! Robbie saves her, desperate to know whats going on she pleads him to tell but he warns Meg that once she finds out everything she won’t be able to take it all back. Meg soon finds out that she has stumbled into a supernatural world, her little brother has been replaced by a monster and kidnapped by one of the Fey courts. Meg begs Robbie, who is truly a fey named Puck, to help her rescue her little brother.

They embark on their journey into Nevernever where Meg learns that everything is not what it seems.

Book Review: Iron King by Julie Kagawa - Reviewed by (18 Jul 2011)

The last thing Meghan remembers of her father is a memory of him smiling, laughing, standing by a pond in the park sending her off to get an ice cream. The next moment he was gone with only his shoes left to mark that he had ever existed at all. That was ten years ago. Since then she and her mother had moved, her mother had remarried and she now had a half brother who, despite being only four, was really quite a good kid.

When on the eve of her sixteenth birthday her brother starts acting strangely and she begins to see things that cannot possibly be, Meghan is faced with an impossible truth; faeries are real. And more startling then that, she herself is half fey. When her best friend is more then what he seems, when her brother is nothing like he was, when her whole family is placed in danger, Meghan is faced with a choice that will forever change the way she sees the world.

The Iron King blends together the familiar themes associated with faeries found in mythology and folk beliefs but twists them into a modern fairy tale that is new and sharp. This is a world where time has no meaning, love will leave you frozen and friends will get you drunk on fruit and break your heart. With vivid detail a richly imaginative journey is taken that will bring danger with every turn, obligation with every word and understanding with every new encounter. A captivating read, I promise.

Book Review: Iron King by Julie Kagawa - Reviewed by (01 Aug 2010)

I have nothing bad to say about this book, really. The Iron King was fantastic! I love Julie's writing style, and I mean it when I say the front part of the book spooked my out. Meghan was a nice, well-liked character, and I was really amazed at how far she was willing to go to get her [kidnapped] half-brother back. She exuded intelligence and unswerving determination even though she had to face various obstacles on her journey to the magical realm to save her brother.

The Iron King is not a book about cute and adorable faeries. In the fey world, Meghan learned that most fey are abominable and that nothing is free. When you request for a help, you must know that you have to return the favour some day.

I thought that the cait sith, Grimilkin was an interesting character. He was earnest in helping Meghan to find Puck in exchange for a small favour, but only when he met Oberon, the King of the Summer Court did I realize that he was actually aiming for Oberon because he knew that Meghan was the daughter of Oberon. However, I don't think he was a bad character. He was just mysterious, elusive and calculative.

Meghan's relationship with her fey-friend Puck a.k.a. Robbin Goodfellow and love interest Ash a.k.a. the third prince of the Winter Court is one of the major aspects in this book. While I was glad that Puck's mischievous, caring and supporting character provided fun and comfort for Meghan, I was even touched by Ash's willingness to trade his life for Meghan's in The Iron King's fortress, even though he did it in the name of his contract with her. I somehow figured out that he was in love with Meghan, and I was hoping he would have a happy ending with Meghan in the future, despite the serious affection that Puck, his sworn-enemy, obviously had for her.

Thumbs up for the great plot! The author inserted a lot of twists and turns throughout the story and it kept me interested the whole time. Each chapter ends with a clue of what is going to happen next or a last line that will will implore readers to read more, regardless of the time. The writing has a constant flow that will make you read with ease and excitement. As the plot builds, you will find yourself entranced by the beauty and danger of the Fey world.

Overall, The Iron King is a wonderful, fascinating depiction of the Fey world through the eyes of a half-fey. Julie presents a strong, solid opening with The Iron King, and I'll definitely be reading The Iron Daughter to see what will Julie present in this second book of the The Iron Fey trilogy.

Author Biography - Julie Kagawa

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.

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