- Publisher: Mills & Boon
- Format: Paperback | 363 pages
- Dimensions: 134mm x 208mm x 30mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 February 2010
- Publication City/Country: Richmond
- ISBN 10: 0373210086
- ISBN 13: 9780373210084
- Sales rank: 5,539
MEGHAN CHASE HAS A SECRET DESTINY--ONE SHE COULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED... 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. For Meghan is the daughter of a mythical faery king...and a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face...and find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart. Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014
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By Amanda 02 Dec 2011
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
FINALLY! I finally read this. I've been meaning to since before it came out. I've been wanting to read this amazing book for so, so long and I have finally done it. This was one of those books that I knew from the very beginning--since reading the summary for the first time--that I was going to love it. I wasn't wrong. I was definitely not wrong.
You are captured from the very beginning. You are sucked into Meghan's world as a normal teenage girl, who has normal teenage problems. She's not popular, she's not rich, and she has family problems. She's not handed anything she wants.
Meghan started out as a timid character. She didn't know who she truly was, I mean yeah, she catches a glimpse of shadows here and there and she sees some things one minute and then blinks and their gone, but she was just "Whatever" about it. But then as it gets closer to her sixteenth birthday it keeps getting stranger and stranger until her sixteenth birthday and then she's sucked into this world she didn't know existed. And she starts learning more about herself, and she starts blossoming and growing into this new, stronger, fierce person. But it didn't happen overnight or in the blink of an eye, it gradually happened and the pacing was great!
There were so many times in this book that I was just like, "No! That can't happen!" and yes, it was something the reader would be pissed that would happen, but it had to happen. Sometimes authors don't show that enough. Sometimes it seems like the readers are just handed what they wanted, and that isn't always right.
Everything was so realistic. Yes, it's fantasy, and there are fantastical creatures in it, but it was real to me. And dark! It was a lot darker and twisted than I thought. I never expected it at all! Never! And I absolutely adored it! There were a few things in here that I recognize from other fae books I've read and it really has me curious! I know that it has some references to A Midsummer's Night Dream, but I'm really curious if there is more of a legend going. So I'm going to research that soon.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. I loved it and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of The Iron Daughter. I will be putting that on hold from my library as soon as possible. It has a very high standard to live up to. Just sayin'! I know I'll love it.
By Jill Barrakling 13 Oct 2011
I expected a lot from this first installment in the series "The Iron Fey" mainly because so many people recommend it. I'm not sure where I stand yet with the entire series - after all, I've only read the first one - but I what I have is an opinion about this book.
I won't say I didn't like it because that would be lying. It had all the elements a great YA novel needs: a slightly faulty but likeable heroine, a parallel world, a love triangle and of course a villain. There was just this little something lacking that would have mad it my favorite series ever.
But some gushing first. How asdfsjdgo-awesome is Ash? It's not like the love triangle was hard to spot (although I don't think it's much of a triangle in The Iron King yet and more of a line... I'm sensing it, though, and since people are either on Team Ash or another team (:P) I'm pretty sure there is a triangle) but Ash is so dreamy! And a prince! And so selfless! And a little grudge-holding-ly but okay.
The principle of evil faeries is hardly new, but I still liked the way they were portrayed in this book. It seemed more real somehow, it's hard to explain. [And I know I would have started to bitch at the kitchen lady, if I had been sent there.]
Especially the last few pages kept me sitting on the edge of my seat and I read them as fast as I could, really wanting to know what would happen. This is the ideal situation, really. But now that I write the review, I noticed that I'm not super giddy about the sequel. Sure, I want to read it. But not nearly as much as, say, Fever by Lauren DeStefano. So obviously something doesn't sit right with me, but I can't out my finger on it.
Still, since I enjoyed it, had my fun with the characters and like the worldbuilding, it obviously gets the rating it deserves. I can hardly take away too many points for an issue I can't even name.
By Mika 15 Apr 2011
Meghan Chase was about to turn sixteen when she meets the enchanting world of the fae and discovers she's the daughter of the Summer Court king. Then, her brother's abducted and she goes out into the Nevernever to save him.
This book was so amusing, a really entertaining and interesting read. I loved the storyline, and it got better and better until the end. The ending of this book is perfect. The only thing I though was kinda off, was the romance. It was too fast, too rushed. In a second they were totally in love and in the other he was being a bitch.
The thing I liked the most about the book was the world in which it was set. Kagawa develops a beautiful world of fae, that I just imagine as being visually stunning! It's just so wonderfully described, and I find Julie Kagawa's writing so compelling that in a second, the world was materializing in my head.
I liked Grimalkin a lot. He was hilarious, dark and intelligent at the same time. I didn't like Meghan as much - I found her too stereotyped as the girl that would give up everything for the ones she loved, but I enjoyed her anyways. Puck and Ash were enjoyable, but still way too stereotyped for my taste, although I liked Puck better, I must admit. The supporting characters were amazing though, specially the Iron fae.
Overall, Kagawa made a wonderful job at writing this first novel, building an amazing world and filling it with disappointing characters and an excellent storyline.
Anyway, I rate this book four stars, mostly for the wonderful world building and plot, even though the characters and relationships let me down.
By amy 03 Feb 2011
The main character is unbelievably dumb from start to finish, this book is a joke. It is like Bella from Twilight as a pig farmer's daughter trying to save her brother, but is helpless with a capital H along the way. She's superficial with no substance, only liking the good-looking guy at school and then Ash, but only for his looks. Bad role model for teens.
By Dinah 03 Feb 2011
I had to read Iron King because I teach teens. This has got to be one of the worst series for teens. The girl has a terrible relationship with her mother and stepfather. She is in love with a much older fairy man whose only description is he is dangerous but handsome. I read the reviews on Iron King before writing one and women are saying they "cream" when they read his description. This is a teen book??? If these women can "cream" when they read his description that is pathetic. He doesn't even treat Meghan well.