Book Review: The Iron King by: Julie Kagawa

Pages: 363 pages

Received: Purchased from B-A-M

Publish Date: Mar 2010

Genre: Young Adult

Book Blurb: Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

Book Review: The first thing I noticed about this book was the cover, it's gorgeous. I also noticed the pages, I love the swirly vine pattern on some of the pages in the book. It is gorgeous and a beautiful addition to my library; I love my ebooks but I can't wait to get a physical copy of the next book, The Iron Daughter, the cover is also truly beautiful.

I love Puck, I have always loved Puck in his many reincarnations whether Shakespearean or not. He is mischievous and just hilarious. I also like Ash but not quite as much as I like Puck. On the note of favorite characters, what person couldn't like Grim; he is completely awesome and a true faerie, deals and all.

It took a minute for me to get into the book and there are some predictable parts but not too many. I like the plot, it runs at a good fast pace. I do love the extreme imagination in this book, there is so much grandeur and so many truly unique contributions to faery lore. It is an honor to add this book to my faery literature shelf.

For more information or for purchasing visit Julie Kagawa's webpage.


The Iron Fey Series: The Iron King (1), The Iron Daughter (2), The Iron Queen (3), The Iron Knight (4)

Discussion Questions:

 1. What did you think of the feud between Puck and Ash? How do you think that might play out in the next two books?

I have no idea how it will play out, but I love the triangle. Anxious to see what happens.

2.  Favorite scene or line from the book? Could you relate to any of the characters?

I love when Grim is trying to get her to be invisible and she just can't do it.

3. With whom did you identify with the most? And Why?

Meghan definitely because she is really the only human around, and she has many normal human like reactions.

4. Did you find the concept behind the Iron King-  being  a technology fueled modern day faerie-  original or unbelievable?

I thought it was very unique and very cool.

5. Kagawa used a lot of mythical faeries in The Iron King, such as King Oberon, Queen Mab and Puck. Which fae from myth would you have liked to have seen added into the pages of The Iron King besides the ones she used?

Nothing really. Oddly enough Queen Mab has always been my favorite faery. She has been depicted as Morgan Le Fey in many a King Arthur Legend, what can I say, I am obsessed.

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  1. I haven't had the luck to read the book yet,so sorry,cannot answer your questions. But I did love your thoughts :)

  2. Great thoughts- and I agree the covers are beautiful!!

    Thanks for participating with the BWB.

  3. I totally like Queen Mab too, she has to be one of my favorites. I've always identified with the Unseelie court a little bit more than the Seelie.

  4. Great review! I definitely enjoy books where mythology is incorporated skillfully into the story, which is just one reason why I loved this book (among many.) Thanks for participating in Blog with Bite!


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