Review: The Iron King
Ever since her father disappeared right before her eyes when she was six years old, Meghan Chase knew her life was a little bit different. Now that she’s almost sixteen, Meghan’s living in rural Louisiana with her mother, step-father and half-brother. She’s kind of a loner, but her best friend, Robbie, lives a few miles away. All Meghan wants for her sixteenth birthday is her learner’s permit, and her mom’s promised to take her to get it after school.
When Meghan comes home from school on her birthday, she finds her mother lying in a pool of blood and an evil changeling in her half-brother’s place. Robbie explains to Meghan that she’s actually half faery and that he’s a faery who’s been assigned to watch over her. She’s determined to rescue her half-brother and talks Robbie into taking her into the Nevernever to find him.
I don’t read a lot of fantasy or paranormal romance, but I’ve read so many fantastic reviews of the Iron Fey series that I wanted to give it a try. I have to admit that I went into The Iron King, by Julie Kagawa, with a little bit of trepidation since it’s outside of my comfort zone and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
I loved that Meghan was a strong, adventurous female who isn’t obsessed with clothes, boys and being popular. She loves her family and is willing to sacrifice for them. She’s not cool or popular and doesn’t aspire to be. I think young adult readers need to read about characters like her.
The story of The Iron King is quite exciting! Meghan faces all kind of adversaries and a few allies in Nevernever and finds herself in the biggest adventure of a lifetime. She’s got a lot on her – she has to come to terms with who she is and figure out who she can trust. She also has to figure out where her brother is and how she can get to him. The book is quite a page turner because it’s non-stop action.
I don’t think I’d go so far as to say that I loved The Iron King, but I did enjoy it and appreciated the story and the strong female protagonist. I think readers who enjoy fantasy or paranormal romance will love this book. I can’t wait to see what my sister thinks of it.