Title: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Meghan Chase has a secret destiny-one she could never have imagined...Something has always felt off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quiet 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 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 faery book that I've read and when I start reading a genre that I'm unfamiliar with that deals with fantastical themes such as supernatural creatures, I have a hard time sleeping at night and I even have weird dreams about them. But once I get into the book, my weird dreams soon fade and I really get into the story.
I'm glad I chose the Iron Fey series at my first dive into the land of faery creatures because this book was so good! I'm a little bit sad that I waited so long to get started on this series. After Meghan saw Ash for the second time, I was absolutely hooked! I had to keep reading to find out what happened to him in the past and if anything was going to happen between Meghan and Ash. And boy did Julie Kagawa do an amazing job of writing the character Ash because I imagined him to be so dark, handsome and tortured. Which was probably what she was going for.
The concept of the Iron King reminded me a lot of the really old Peter Pan movie. Kagawa wrote the existence of faeries to come from the imaginations of people and that they exist as long as people continue to believe. It reminded me of Peter Pan because there is a scene where Tinkerbell is dying and Peter Pan says that she will only live if the audience shows that they believe in her by clapping their hands. I used to clap my hands so hard just so that Tinkerbell would live. I also thought her creation of the Iron Fey was very unique and the fact that they only exist because of modern advances in technology.
I really liked this book and I'm glad that I finally picked it up. Everyone says it's a great series and I'm looking forward to reading the rest.