Title: The Iron King (Iron Fey #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Mira Ink (UK) | Harlequin Teen (US)
Publication Date: Feb 2010
Paperback: 363 Pages
Genre: Fantasy
Young Adult
Source: Review Copy

Guest Review by Jo

RATING: 8/10 – Very good, would definitely recommend

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.


I do feel that Fae are the new Vampire in the YA catagory, but I love faeries, so it’s not a bad thing but its a question if the latest faerie book brings something new or not. I thought ‘The Iron King’ was really enjoyable, and the mythology it brings really is new and magical.
This book felt like an original fairy tale. Before Disney sugar coated things, fairy tales were a thing of horror, with gruesome plots and where love is never guaranteed and a happy ever after always came with a price. I loved this!

The plot is really intriguing. Meghan has no idea of her true origins, and lately some weird stuff has been happening. A stranger is stalking her, her best friend is becoming increasingly protective and could be hiding a secret also and her brother has disappeared.

There are love interests for Meghan, and I can already imagine there are t-shirts and mugs with either ‘Team Puck’ or ‘Team Ash’ reminiscent of an Edward Vs. Jacob showdown. (I’m , like, totally Team Puck!) I really like there are nods to other stories, such as Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and this book held as much magic for me. The characters drew me in, and I loved getting to know them all and finding out their secrets. There were a couple of cliches in here, such as the popular cheerleader and jock that did make my eyes roll slightly though, but maybe that is just because I’m becoming old!

If you enjoyed Melissa Marr’s ‘Wicked Lovely’ series, then I know you will love this too. For me, this had an edge because of it’s narrative and the characters.


An enthralling tale of Fae and their wicked ways, it drew me in and I didn’t want to put it down.
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This book counts towards the following BCC Reading Challenges:
Book #41 100+ Books In A Year 2011


Jo lives in Surrey. Reading is a huge part of her life and her taste in books is eclectic. While she enjoys any genre she tends to read more Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. [Jo no longer reviews for the site.]


MiaandSofia April 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm

A great review. I loved The Iron King, I can't wait to read the Iron prince :)


JJ HH April 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I loved this series! There's also the Romeo and Juliet theme. You'll see more of it as the series progresses.


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