Friday, August 13, 2010

Review: THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa

by Julie Kagawa
Published February 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 21st 2010)
Paperback,363 Pages

Placement in Pile: Reaching New Heights

This is an interesting and unique twist on faerie lore compared to most of the YA stuff being published right now. This felt more traditional to me, more frightening and darker version of the Fae than a lot of the faerie books I've read recently. At times it had the feel of the movie Labyrinth for me (for a few different reasons, but for one her half brother being kidnapped by faeries and her needing to rescue him... well there you go!). There was a lot of mythology based on Shakespeare, which worked at times but didn't feel quite right at others. The concept of the Iron Fey was interesting and unique, and I'm definitely intrigued to see where it goes from here. Her version of Puck was interesting, and I'm still not sure how I feel about him. Grimalkin was a fabulous character who I can't wait to get more of. I'm curious to see what happens with her and Ash, his final acts at the end of this book didn't seem to make sense after what he went through for her (trying not to be spoilery...) so I'm definitely interested in seeing what happens next. I have THE IRON DAUGHTER right now, so hopefully I will get that read and reviewed soon!

The one biggest complaint I had about this book (which isn't that big) was the overuse of the word "scuttled." Her characters did an inordinate amount of scuttling. Maybe no one else would notice that, but it got on my nerves.

Did I mention that Prince Ash is hot and that I can't wait to see what happens with them? Oh, and I just found out there is an "Iron Fey 1.5" novella online called "Winter's Passage" that you should apparently read BEFORE THE IRON DAUGHTER. Glad I didn't start reading it yet!

Overall, this didn't make my top picks for a faerie book, but it was well done, interesting, romantic and at times intense, and I would recommend it.
*Note: this is actually Guinevere's review! Thanks Guin! She just couldn't format it etc. so she just e-mailed it to me for me to post!


Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

I currently reading this one, and I'm really enjoying it so far. Great post!