Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Book Review: 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.

My Review:
Meghan's dad vanished when she was young and her family left for a new start. Now she is 16, seeing strange things and finding that a changeling has taken the place of her younger brother and that she is a fae princess. Her best friend reveals that he is her protector and agrees to take her into fae lands to rescue Ethan.

There were good things about this book. I liked Meghan's relationship with her brother and the way that the story was set up. The creatures that we see in the fae lands are interesting and taken from known mythology. It was a good mix of modern and ancient. I also really liked the character of Grimalkin, the talking cat, who had more charm and personality than all the male characters put together. I liked the action scenes in the book when various creatures were hunting them down, as these parts were tension filled and exciting. I also love the covers for all the books in the series, which is what made me pick up the book in the first place.

I did not like Robbie. For someone who was meant to be her friend, he seemed to take a nasty pleasure in scaring her, and that was before she finds out the truth about her family. As the story continues, he doesn't really change much and doesn't do a great job of protecting her or telling her how to survive. Why did he not warn her about the tricks that could be played on her to lure her into danger? He is too busy posturing and fighting with Ash to pay much attention to Meghan. I wasn't keen on Ash. He was cold and cruel and there was no chemistry with Meghan at all, so the supposed romance never felt convincing to me.

Meghan was a dumb ass for a lot of the book, continually wandering off on her own and getting into trouble, needing to be rescued all the time. It did get a bit wearing. There were sections of the book that were a bit slow for me ie the fae court, which only seemed to be there to have Meghan treated badly by Titania, and the YA cliche of Meghan being bullied at school.

When I first read this book I gave it three stars and decided to read the rest of the series. But after this re-read I have re-evaluated the book and would probably give it 2.5 instead. It was a decent read with a lot of good bits but there were too many slow bits for me to really enjoy it as much reading it again. I decided not to continue on with the rest of the series. 
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