Series: The Iron Fey # 1
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 1, 2010
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.
Meghan Chase, the young heroine of “The Iron King,” is very aptly named. Throughout the story, she is constantly chased by a endless variety of evil faeries, gremlins, and other ne’er-do-wells.
Just before her sixteenth birthday, Meghan was living the life of a teenage outcast. She also hallucinated, seeing strange beings lurking about. When her four year old brother, Ethan, is kidnapped and replaced by a snarling, biting changeling, Meghan realizes her hallucinations were real. Her only friend, Robbie, has been hiding some major secrets, and he reveals himself as the famous faery Puck. A disbelieving Meghan is lead through a portal in Ethan’s closet into the Nevernever, and the hunt for Ethan begins.
I’m unfamiliar with faery lore, so this was new territory for me. I found Julie Kagawa’s writing to be beautifully imaginative, although I read other reviews that commented that this story is very derivative of other faery stories. I thought every page just bristled with creativity and imagination, from the various creatures to the beautifully depicted environments. Meghan is aided throughout her journey by Puck, the maybe evil/maybe not evil Winter Prince, Ash, and my favorite – Grimalkin, Kagawa’s version of the Cheshire cat.
This is my second book by Kagawa after The Immortal Rules, a far darker and, in my opinion, superior story. I’m intrigued enough by “The Iron King” that I will read the remainder of the series. I’m looking forward to learning more about the Nevernever, and I’m hoping that Meghan can get a bit more rest this time, without having to constantly run for her life.