13 February, 2010

The Iron King - Review

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Publication date: February 1, 2010
ISBN 10/13: 0373210086 / 9780373210084

Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Keywords: Fairies, Adventure, Romance, Destruction

Find the synopsis on goodreads.com. Or watch this shiny trailer!

How I found out about this book: Started seeing people adding this to their TBRs (that's book blogger/GoodReader-speak for To-Be-Read shelf) late last year.

Quickie: Some readers, especially those familiar with Labyrinth (where a fresh young Jennifer Connolly seeks out her missing baby half-brother in David Bowie's Muppet-filled bizzaro world), will be bored with Meghan's perilous journey. I, however, found myself oddly entertained, against my better judgment. Actually, I tied up my better judgment, threw it out the window, and told it not to come back until I was done reading. I think I scared it off; it still hasn't come back.

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My review: The gorgeous cover art and super-nice author Julie Kagawa (whom I met in one of The Story Siren's Chatzy sessions) really sold me on this book--despite fairies not being very high up on my list of things I want to read right now. I've had terrible luck with this type of YA in the past, the only notable series IMHO being Maggie Steifvater's Books of Faerie. When I first started reading I thought, I've seen this movie.

Kagawa manages to make the story fresh and entertaining--you'll cheer for Robbie's trickstery ways, wish for Grimalkin to reappear as soon as he makes an exit, and shiver deliciously while Prince Ash stalks Meghan Chase, half-daughter to The Summer King (relax, they tell you most of this on the back cover blurb) through the Real World and the Nevernever. Ok, you may get a bit of a flash from yet another movie the book will remind you about, as a strange plague consumes the wyldwood and begins to attack both faerie courts.

Are you feeling "meh" on fairies and similarities to movies you've already seen? My advice: tie up your movie-going fairy-hating Better Judgement and throw it out the window. And if you think you'll really need to be in the mood to enjoy this, check the weather--I read this on a dark and stormy night, with a cup of hot cocoa close to hand and woolly blanket wrapped around my shoulders.

Who should read this book: People who are ok with swearing. There is a swearing baby! Well, ok, it's not really a baby. There is occasional swearing some may deem gratuitous. I was ok with it, but I'm 31 and fairly inured to potty mouth. The romance is of the chivalric variety, so censorious types can go keep our better judgment company. If you like fairies; adventure; and tall, dark, and arrogant princes, you're going to love this book.

The Iron King is Julie Kagawa's 1st novel. (It is the first book of a three-part series, The Iron Fey.)

Find the author at http://www.juliekagawa.com, on Twitter @jkagawa

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/rnslironking

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What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)


  1. Great review!! You really make me want to read this!! This book sounds really good!

  2. I just recently read this and I loved it :) Great review :D

  3. I'm betting the author is a Dresden fan.