the iron king by julie kagawa

“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.”-goodreads

I’ll confess that when I first started “The Iron King” I didn’t think I was going to like it that much. I expected a faerie book, and when I started reading it, it was a contemporary! I was confused. Then, as the story went on, it went better, got more interesting for me and I got very involved in it. It played out very differently then I expected it to; both from the description and then from the way the book started.

About halfway through the book things really picked up and started getting really interesting and from then on I couldn’t put it down! The first half of the book spent a lot of time building Meghan’s world and her family, as well as her past. The second half is when things really start moving and we get surprised.

I thought it was really innovative, the idea of a world with the fae and changelings and such in a very modern setting. I thought Kagawa expertly combined the traditionally classical world of faeries with the modern world that we’re living in now.

I really liked the characters, and I thought that Meghan is probably easy to relate to for a lot of people. Then of course, there’s Puck, he was really funny and a good friend for Meghan. Now, let’s not forget about Ash, here. I’m definitely ‘Team Ash’. It’s not that Puck isn’t cool, it’s just that I thought Ash was a more interesting character, more complex. (No, this is not all about a fiction-crush, hah.)

Overall, the Iron King was a really enjoyable, different book and I plan to start the story taking place in-between the Iron King and the Iron Daughter; “Winters Passage” soon, then the rest of the series! If you’re into good fantasy books with faeries with a twist of the modern world, then you should read The Iron Fae series.