- Publisher: Mira Ink
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 122mm x 196mm x 18mm | 340g
- Publication date: 4 February 2011
- Publication City/Country: Don Mills, ON
- ISBN 10: 0778304345
- ISBN 13: 9780778304340
- Sales rank: 13,370
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-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.
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Julie Kagawa worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, until she sold her first book and stopped training to write full-time.
By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012
The Iron King starts with a high-school setting presenting Meghan Chase and her daily problems as a nobody. She is constantly insecure until her story transforms into a quest when her brother is kidnapped by faeries. As terrible this incident is, as positive it is for Meg's development. Forced to enter the fairy kingdom she dives into her true identity and discoveres who she really is. Meghan is a round character, she still needs to experience her true human and fairy identity and how to combine them. What I like most about her is that she introduces herself, which is no major point, but one small detail that can contribute to a personal relationship between reader and character.
An old grudge between both male protagonists puts a new interest on the relationship between the three of them. Puck is Meghan's best friend and Ash on the other hand prince of the Winter Court. They are as different in looks as in personality, Puck is playful and warm, Ash cold and rejecting. Each single character, main and secondary, contribute to the constitution and establishment of the story's magic atmosphere.
I enjoyed reading about Meghan and Ash slowly falling in love, especially because this one is once again a forbidden love. Meghan, the princess of summer court is not supposed to fall in love with Ash, who is the prince of winter court. Ash and Meghan are in a constant struggle between hot and cold. The cruelty of winter makes you flinch, the hotness of summer warms your heart.
The story around Meghan, Ash and Puck has its origin in the Shakespearean play A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Iron King and A Midsummer Night's Dream have some characters in common like the fairy king Oberon, Queen Titania, Mab and Puck. So Kagawa based her novel on the idea of Shakespeare and further develops her own story around it.
Noticeable is Kagawa's skilled writing style and her ability of writing beautiful scenes of romance on the one hand and creepy ones on the other hand. Several popular culture references complete the impression of her great writing style.
The Iron King is a fairy novel for people who claim to dislike fairy stories. I am still no fan of pointed ears, but an even bigger fan of the rest that hangs on these two ears and defines the fairy personality.
The Iron King is a modern fairy novel based on the Shakespearean A Midsummer Night's Dream with non of its original magic lost. Kagawa invented a beguiling setting and character cast that lay the foundation stone for a great Iron Fey series.
By Nathiel Gold 04 Dec 2011
I can see this series quickly becoming my new obssession :) As it has everything. Magic? Check. Beautiful magical creatures, and not so beautiful? Check. An interesting plot line that keeps you haning on for more? Check. A beatiful princess? Check. A prince in disguise? Double check (Ash gets a double check because he is just simply amazing)
The books plot is a fairy tale, but it's more like an original one rather than the disney ones, it's full of horror and fantasy, and true love and happy ending aren't garanteed, and everything and everyone has a price.
Julie Kagawa is an amazing storyteller and keeps you interested in the story right from the begining.
Meghan is the main character, an outcast at school her only friend is Robin. But one day she returns to school to find that her little half brother Ethan has been kidnapped, by Fae. Meghan is loyal and is willing to do anything to save the ones she loves, including sacrificing herself.
So with Robin's help she travels to Nevermore, the land of the Fae, where she is in for a few surprises.
Robin better known as Puck is a jocker and Meghan's best friend, he also hides a secret.
And then we have Ash, dark, handsome and a prince (sigh) he is kind of the antihero who turns out good, more or less. I was crying my eyes out when he told Meghan why he hated Puck!!
And Grimalkin he is amazing he kind of reminds me of the Chesire cat from Alice in Wonderland, in the fact that their both amazing cats :)
I loved the references to Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare and I'm going to have to re-read that one sometime soon, once I find it^^ I'm sure it's somewhere on my shelfs... If not I'll rebuy it.
And of course we have the enemy, in form of the Iron Fae born from the dreams of technology of the humans they are mortal to "normal" Fae.
Will Meghan be able to save her brother and not loose herself or anyone she loves in the process? Read and find out, you won't be deceptioned.
By Faye Mcodnald 13 Nov 2010
Just to let you guys know i have a "little" fairy obsession.... The Iron King had it all and it just made my obsession worst. It's Dark, edgy fantasy,what more could you ask for in fairy tale?
There only so much i can say about this book...i mean i loved it! The characters are strong and beautiful written. i enjoyed them all, Meghan is a on the top of my list fave heroine. She is a loyal friend and selfless. I mean she went all the to Nevernever,made a few deals, escaped some evil fae! to save the lives of her brother & friends,Puck, Ash & Grimalkin. The cast of characters are completely enthralling...All i can say is you have to read to see the awesomeness in it!
Kagawa weaves an awesome story that will easily keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their sit. I can?t remember anything that bothered me or pulled me out of the story. It was like the fairy version of Alice in Wonderland, and yeah Tim Burton would be the director :D
Now i'm awaiting the highly anticipated sequel The Iron Daughter. Can?t wait to get my hands on it!