Sunday, April 18, 2010

Review - The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Ever since the disappearance of her father when she was six, things have never been right for Meghan Chase.  Now living with her step-father, mother, and half-brother, Meghan is about to turn sixteen and life as she knows it will never be the same.  Pulled into a world of Faeries, Piskies, and other mystical creatures, Meghan learns her life-time best friend is not who she thinks he is, and her destiny is one she was never prepared for.  As the daughter of a mystical faery king, Meghan must defend her birthright and fight feelings for an enemy boy.  In this mystical tale of honor, love and war, Meghan Chase not only has to survive being sixteen, but now must save those she cares for the most.

I had a hard time with this book in the beginning.  The similarities to Alice In Wonderland and The Chronicles of Narnia really bothered me.  Once I was able to look past these similarities and see this novel as something of its own, I actually started to enjoy it.  I wish that Julie Kagawa had tried a bit harder to make this something completely different.  The plot in itself was great and I really liked the main characters, but the first two parts of the book just were not original enough for me.  It was just another story of two opposing courts, similar to the red queen and the white queen in Wonderland, and their battles with each other.  Meghan Chase even gets to this land through a closet.  I just could not get passed the similarities to other popular fantasy stories.  However, putting that all aside, I was finally drawn in during part three.  I enjoyed the relationship between Meghan and Ash, and I absolutely loved Puck.  For those facts alone, I will read the next installment, and I hope that in The Iron Daughter, I will feel like I'm reading something new and not a copy of an already existing story. All in all, the story was interesting, the characters were great, I just don't feel like this was something original and new to read.  

Disclosure of Material Connection: I got this book from my local public library! I can say whatever I want. :)


  1. I've just started reading it, im up to what--page 100, and i totally agree with the similarities between Alice In Wonderland/Narnia. Thats exactly what i thought, and still do. But reading this, i cant wait til it begins to become more original, and to get to Part 3. thanks for the review!

  2. I think you'll like the next book much more. You learn a lot more about the Iron Fey which I felt were unique and imaginative. We also get to learn a lot more about the characters which helped me get into the story a little more.

    Tara SG --