Tuesday, 3 September 2013

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa


The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
 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.

I didn't expect much from this book and it came as no surprise when it left me underwhelmed.

The first 100 pages of this book were really fast paced and entertaining, and I read almost a third of it in one sitting. But once Megan got into the fairy world, everything went downhill. The writing caught on endless descriptions of the places and a lot of new characters were thrown into the plot without any need for them.

Megan is a good main character; sensible and simple. The writing is also very poetic and flows nicely. That being said, there was a lot I didn't like.

The love interest, Ash, for me anyway, had no appeal. He is trying to hunt/catch Megan for most of the book and yet it seems she is instantly in love with him; how? I don't know.

When we are first introduced into the fairy world, all of the tension and fear surrounds the flying sparks between the Seelie and Unseelie Court. But at some point throughout the book, all of that tension dissipates and a new Iron King is introduced out of the blue. From then on, there is no mention of the rest of the fairy world, and this really annoyed me as there had been so much endless description of it in the beginning.

Overall, I gave this book 3/5 stars. The beginning was promising, but after that, it was a mess.

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