Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Monday, September 17, 2012
Originally posted as a guest post at the awesome Stuck in YA Books. (I don't think it goes against common blogging courtesy to post a review on your own blog a few weeks after it's posted as a guest post... Hoping it's not rude, anyway!)
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Iron Fey #1
Source: Borrowed
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
All Meghan wanted to do was get her driver’s license and escape her small town, but that was before her brother, Ethan, was kidnapped. In order to save him, she’ll have to go with her best friend into the Nevernever, a fantastical land full of dangers. It’s a world  of powerful kings, conniving creatures, and treacherous deals, and Meghan will be lucky to make it out alive, let alone with her brother.

After reading The Iron King, I understand why this series has such a huge following. Kagawa’s writing style is addictive, and Meghan is an admirable heroine. She’s devoted to her brother (loyalty to siblings is always a plus), and she’s brave in an honest way (she admits to being scared, but doesn’t let her fears stop her).

Another amazing aspect of this book is the world-building. I’m not sure I can get across how absolutely astounding it is. I could picture every detail of the Faeryland and it is equal parts enchanting, horrendous, lovely, and terrifying. All of it, the creatures, the forests, the politics, is perfectly clear and without lengthy descriptions of the setting. The world-building is easily what I enjoyed most about the book because I couldn’t wait to get back to reading and see what other surprises the Nevernever had in store!

However, at this point in the series, I am not a fan of Ash. I don’t like love triangles (and this first book reeks of a love-triangle-to-be) and I do not like insta-love. From Meghan’s first glimpses of Ash to when she’s actually in his company, there’s really no development of their relationship. It feels rushed and Ash is one-dimensional. I would have much preferred if there had to be a romantic arc if Puck (her best friend) had been the sole love interest.

Will this keep me from continuing the rest of the series? Not a chance. I’m utterly intrigued by where this plot will go next, as Kagawa has planted a lot of plot seeds that will, in all likelihood, grow during the next few books. There’s a definite guarantee of more action, if the first book was any indication, and despite the insta-love, Meghan is an awesome protagonist. I can’t wait to read The Iron Daughter!

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How do you feel about insta-love? Yay or nay?
P.S. Happy Rosh Hashanah to those celebrating! 

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