The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pub. Date: February 2010
(Also available in Electronic Format)
Age Group: Young Adult +
Review: THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa is so wonderfully magical and imaginative that you feel like you are fighting side-by-side with Meghan Chase in her battle against good and evil within the realm of Faeryland.
I haven’t read too many books featuring faeries, except maybe Peter Pan when I was younger, but then again Tinkerbell is considered more of a pixie within the fey family. But after hearing high praise for Julie Kagawa’s THE IRON KING, I decided to take the leap and I am very happy I did.
THE IRON KING combines both our world and the mythological world of folklore. While in our world, the protagonist, Meghan Chase, is a normal teenager who lives with her mother, stepfather and half-brother, Ethan in Louisiana. She knows nothing different other than attending high school and her close friendship with Robbie, a funny, down-to-earth prankster who enjoys her company.
Nevertheless, as Meghan nears her sixteenth birthday, issues begin to change. Robbie becomes more protective, which isn’t bad, just somewhat annoying to Meghan. What she really feels is strange — she starts seeing things. And worse, one day she comes home to find her four year-old brother is not quite himself. When Ethan causes his mother to be hurt, Robbie steps in to help. He tells Meghan that Ethan isn’t her brother. He’s a changeling — a mischievous faery who is exchanged for a human child. Robbie tells Meghan that Ethan has most likely been kidnapped by faeries from Faeryland.
Meghan, grounded in reality, doesn’t believe Robbie at first, but soon realizes Robbie must be right because Ethan is no longer the sweet kid he once was. Robbie tells Meghan that he is actually Robin Goodfellow aka Puck of King Oberon’s court from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the only way to save Ethan is step into the world of the Nevernever within Faeryland
Once you do step inside the enchanting world of mythological creatures from both the Seelie (Summer Fey) and the Unseelie Courts (Winter Fey), you want to stay in it forever. Though, of course, you want Meghan to find Ethan and bring him home safely. And Meghan will do whatever it takes — risking her own capture and even death at the hands of Ash, a Winter Fey Prince of the Unseelie Cout who she feels has Ethan within his grasp.
Like Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Meghan Chase is a fabulous heroine who’s ironlike, independent, pragmatic and full of hope within a chimerical world filled with faeries, goblins, gremlins, sprites, boggarts, pixies, ogres, selkies and more who are both light and dark. Along the way, Meghan encounters some delightful, but also some disturbing surprises. As a reader. you never know what’s coming next or what’s lurking around the corner ready to jump out
The characters and descriptions in THE IRON KING are absolutely incredible. Kagawa is a visionary writer of the likes of J.K. Rowling. THE IRON KING combines many folktales into a wondrous story you won’t be able to put down. It is also a tremendous take on how science and technology is overtaking our lives, imaginations and our belief in something other than ourselves.
I’m really looking forward to reading the next two novels in the trilogy: THE IRON DAUGHTER and THE IRON QUEEN, plus the novella WINTER’S PASSAGE.
I’m giving THE IRON KING 5 “Relaxing with a Good Book” retro pictures for being enchanting!
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