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.
Rating: 5 Stars
Book Title: The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
Release Date: February 1st, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Before anyone asks the obvious, why are you just now starting this series question, I have to note that I actually HAVE read The Iron King prior to this most recent reread. Unfortunately it was so long ago that I remember very little of it (other than the fact that I really enjoyed it) and wanted to start from the beginning since I now owned all of the first three books in the series. I’m not entirely sure what prevented me from continuing on with the series after I read The Iron King for the first time, but I know it wasn’t from a lack of enjoyment. As I started to read it again I instantly fell back in love with the characters, worldbuilding, and storyline. I have Tanya at girlsplusbooks to thank for this because she was kind enough to send me these three books in the series, as well as a few other books that she cleared off her shelf and sent my way. If she hadn’t have offered, this series might have been one of those that was on my TBR for another year or so until I got the urge to pick them up again. Thanks Tanya! I owe you!
o The “new fae:” Although the fae/fey aren’t new to the storytelling world, Julie Kagawa’s take on them certainly was. This was the first series about the fey that introduces a new kind of them and Kagawa’s introduction of the Iron fey as a byproduct of modern technology and our rapidly advancing society was a really interesting spin on the tried and true legends that we’ve come to read and love. At first I thought it was a bit stretched, but the further into The Iron King I got the more I realized just how awesome the concept was. If the fey (both the winter and summer courts) were born from the creative side of humans, such as love, lust, dreams, and excitement, then it makes sense that when dreaming started to change, so would the fey that came from it. In this new world we live in humans are constantly striving to make the newest gadget/form of technology. Out of all of these dreams of progress come the iron fey, but their interaction with the other fey will prove fatal. For the summer and winter courts iron is deadly to them if exposed to it for a long time. The whole battle between the old fey and the “new” fey was really interesting to read about and I think it definitely puts into perspective how our society interacts today. For some people, technology plays a big part in their lives. For other people, like older generations that didn’t grow up with cell phones and computers, the adjustment isn’t as easy. I loved this parallel in The Iron King.
o Ash: Dark knights, you gotta love them. And if you don’t, then I apologize now because this will be a bit of a rant you’ll want to skip past. I will ALWAYS root for the bad guy, and at first, Ash is definitely the bad guy. In fact, he’s so horrible to Meghan when they first meet that he is actually hunting her. And I mean hunting in the literal sense. When Meghan and Puck go to visit Lord Oberon in the Summer Courts in the hopes of retrieving her brother from Faery, she is chased on horseback by Ash who enjoys hunting for sport. In Faery though, no creature is off limits when it comes to hunting, be them human, fey, or animal. The next time Meghan meets Ash he actually has the audacity to ask her to dance with him. From there on out their relationship becomes complicated, and not even in the way you might think. A deal is made, and if you’re new to reading about faeries/fey you’ll know a deal is not made to be broken in their world. It has to be followed, whether it leads to success or death. Despite all the drama, Ash is more than what he seems and of course I was silently rooting for him and Meghan to be friends the whole time I was reading it (and also praying they would end up as more).