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Review: The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

Review: The Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

by Rachel ElizabethDecember 9, 2011


TLDR Recap:

Meghan Chase’s life turns upside down on her 16th birthday when her brother is suddenly kidnapped by faeries. Still reeling with shock at discovering the existence of a mythical race, Meghan is forced to enter the Nevernever, the home of the fey, with her best friend in order to rescue her sibling. On her journey, Meghan will have to face everything from dangerous faery creatures to the ultimate forbidden love. The Iron King is a GraveTells Fave!

  • Title: The Iron King
  • Series: The Iron Fey- book #1
  • Author: Julie Kagawa
  • Prominent Characters: Meghan, Puck, Ash
  • Recommended Reader Age: 13+
  • Sexual Content Level: Very little, practically none
  • Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Romance


*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***



Julie Kagawa has created an amazing new addition to the YA paranormal genre. It is, without a doubt, one of the best reads I’ve come across.

At the start of the book, the author introduces us to our heroine, the 15 going on 16 year old Meghan Chase. Her life is pretty normal; she goes to school, has a crush on a jock, but doesn’t quite fit in. On her sixteenth birthday, however, everything changes for Meghan. Her brother is taken…only it’s not humans behind the crime. Enter Meghan’s best friend, Robbie. Turns out he’s been keeping more secrets than Meg ever imagined. He’s a faery, or more accurately, “Robin Goodfellow”, also known as Puck (Yes, THE Puck), sent to watch over Meghan by her father. And Meghan’s father isn’t just any faery. He’s the king of the Seelie court, aka the Summer court… which makes Meghan half-faery herself, and also a princess. But Meghan has no time to adjust to these life-changing revelations; she needs to get her brother back.

Despite the fact that she’s in way over her head, Meghan, with the help of Puck, enters the Nevernever, home to the Seelie and Unseelie courts, to find her brother and bring him home safely. It’s there that she meets Prince Ash, one of the princes of the Winter Court. Sparks fly between Meghan and Ash, but the Winter Prince is a mysterious, cold guy (no pun intended) who doesn’t want to have feelings for Meghan. The two strike a bargain, and Ash joins Meghan and Puck on the quest to rescue Meghan’s brother.

I absolutely loved the interactions between Meghan and Ash. The scenes where they were alone together contained some of my favorite moments in the entire book. I dare you to not swoon over the gorgeous Ice Prince! *winks* Also along for the journey is a cat named Grimalkin, Grim for short, who is all around just a great character.

I love that Julie was able to successfully combine romance, drama, and humor into the story; there’s a perfect amount of each one. And she also manages to keep things fast-paced, and includes plenty of action so the story doesn’t drag. I thought the concept of the iron fey was fascinating and very original, too. Typically, iron is a faerie’s greatest weakness, so having a group of fey actually made of iron is intriguing. Major props to Julie for coming up with such a unique idea!

Memorable Quotes:

A small glimpse of the true Prince Ash

Then I made a stupid mistake and looked up at him. His eyes met mine, and for a moment, his face was open and vulnerable in the moonlight. I caught a hint of wonder there as we stared at each other. Slowly, he leaned forward. I caught my breath, a tiny gasp escaping. He stiffened, and his expression shuttered closed, eyes going hard and frosty.

“This is getting old,” he said in a voice that matched his eyes.
Typical Puck…

“What is that?”

“A hunt,” Puck replied, looking off into the distance. He grimaced. “You know, I was just thinking we needed to be run down like rabbits and torn apart. My day just isn’t complete without something trying to kill me.”


If you liked the Iron King…

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr is another great YA book that features faeries. It’s the first in the Wicked Lovely series, and is darker than the Iron Fey series, but it’s a complex world with plenty of romance and drama.

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black. It’s the first book in the YA Faeriewalker series and is pretty similar to the Iron King, but is still unique.


Final Thoughts:

It’s not often that I come across a book that captivates me like The Iron King does. I was completely invested in the story and the characters, and I still re-read it occasionally, just so I can go back and visit those amazing characters. It’s one of those books that grabs your attention and is nearly impossible to put down. This is a must-read for every lover of paranormal romance/young adult books! Read it! ASAP!

Rating: The Iron King


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About The Author
Rachel Elizabeth
I'm an avid reader who loves Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult books! Despite the fact that my TBR pile is huge, I simply can't stop myself from constantly looking for new reads. I've always loved to read, but my love for books has grown in the past few years (Yes, I admit, Twilight was one of the first PNR books I'd ever read.) Since then, I've discovered many amazing authors and books that I hope to share with more people. Books are an escape for me, and without them..well, life would suck. Alot. Any author who can make me forget about real life by pulling me into their story and getting me to genuinely care about their characters is a good author in my book. I also love authors who write about strong, gorgeous, sexy alpha males. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't love a good alpha male? When I'm not reading (gasp!), I'm usually going to classes, studying, or spending time with family and friends.
  • The Captain
    December 9, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Alright. After DVK’s review of the other Iron Fey book, why the heck haven’t I gotten to these yet???

    Bad Captain, no cookie.

    I like the sound of Ash. I think he needs some *ahem* persuasion. Yes, yes I know. It’s YA. And I tend to be NC-17. But I can play nicely. For awhile.

  • December 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

    The Iron Fey series is definitely not NC-17… barely even PG as far as the sexual content is concerned. I love Ash and Puck. They define the contradiction of “best frenemies”, just with less posing fakery. Ash is intense and Puck is a prankster. How Ms. Kagawa is able to write so incredibly different characters so convincingly, along with all the little details that go into the world-building, I have no idea.

    I finished this book last night and only got about 3 hours of sleep because of it. So far the Iron Fey series (which I’ve read horribly out of order and I don’t recommend doing that), is my version of insomnia. Hah!

  • December 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    @Captain You must read them ASAP! And you’ll like Ash. The books *are* YA, but the guy is still pretty damn hot. 😉

    @DVK Nice! I’m glad you liked the first book! How was it reading out of order?

    • December 11, 2011 at 1:54 am

      Well, on one hand, I knew the basic overarching storyline and who lives and dies so that kinda killed some of oooohing and aaaahing over the world and the tension for the plot, so I probably would have enjoyed it more if I’d read it first.

      That said, it was kinda cool knowing what was coming in The Iron Knight, especially with Ash and Puck, and I was able to catch onto little clues that I wouldn’t have known to look for otherwise. It was kinda like reading it for the second time yet experiencing it for the first! I know that makes no sense!

      Loved it!

  • Sophia Rose
    December 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I just ordered this book and its in the mail. I didn’t even know about the series until I saw the tours for the Iron Prince.
    I appreciate seeing a positive review for it. Really looking forward to my turn to read it.

    Thanks for the post!

  • December 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    @Sophia Rose- I hope you like the book! It really is fantastic.

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