Review – The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Today we have another offering from the new MIRA Ink…

The Iron King – Julie Kagawa

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 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.

This is the first book in the Iron Fey series, and it gets off to a great start. As I was reading, I was thinking it was part Shakespeare (Oberon, Titania and Puck all appear), part Alice in Wonderland and part Labyrinth – that old 80′s David Bowie movie – a reference for older readers! I enjoyed being transported into the fantastical world of the faery, and Kagawa’s idea that our belief in them is what keeps them alive is a great premise. As is the rise of the new fey, that we’re making stronger with our ‘worship’ and belief in gadgets and technology.

The books opens with the normal-ish life of a high school girl, before something strange begins to unfold with her little brother. Within a couple of chapters you’ll be hooked, as the storytelling moves quickly, and before I knew it, I’d finished the book in one sitting. You do care what happens to Meghan and the journey she goes on, though it’s difficult to believe that a teenager could take on so many revelations and face all of the battles that she does so well, though I guess the idea is that you do what you have to do when you need to. She meets some brilliant characters, with Grim the cat being a favourite of mine.

As the adventure closes, Meghan barely has time to take a breath before the books ends with her about to embark on another, and so we can now eagerly await the second book in the trilogy, The Iron Daughter, out in April.