The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Summary: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.
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.
Emotions can be deadly weapons, and knowing your enemy’s breaking point can be key to winning a battle.
Julie Kagawa is somewhat of a legend to when it comes to young adult fantasy, and after reading The Iron King, it’s not hard to see why. The Iron King is filled with superb world-building, nonstop action, and wonderful romance.
Meghan Chase has always known she was different, but it’s not until her 16th birthday that she understands why: she’s a longlost faery princess. When her brother mysteriously disappears, Meghan must encompass the help of her friends and journey to Faeryland to retrieve him.
Meghan is a well-written and relatable protagonist. She may not be perfect, but her flaws make her more realistic and help round her out as a character. Her thought process and the actions she takes seem genuine and consistant to those of a real 16-year-old girl.
Where I felt a bit ambivalent was the romance. There’s a love triangle between Meghan’s childhood friend Puck, who ends up knowing more than he appears to, and Ash, Meghan’s destined enemy. While the love triangle itself was well done (it didn’t overshadow the plot or the characterization), it felt a bit pointless as it’s relatively obvious who Meghan is going to end up with in the end.
This is a strong start for what is sure to be an amazing series. I am looking forward to seeing what Kagawa has up her sleeve next.
Your disbelief will cripple you if you think like that, human. Do not believe this impossible, or it will be.