Reviewed by Jennifer J.

Meghan Chase has always been different from the other kids, teased and bullied for being poor. She had at least thought she was human, until the day she turns16 and discovers she is the illegitimate daughter of King Oberon of the faeries, and that her best friend, Robbie Goodfell, is actually the famous Robin Goodfellow of poems and ballads.

When Meghan’s 4-year-old brother Ethan starts acting strangely, she learns that he has been replaced with a changeling and that Ethan has been taken to the Nevernever, the land of the fey. Desperate to bring him home, Meghan begins a perilous journey into the NeverNever to find him. Both the Seelie and the Unseelie Court will go to great lengths to woo Meghan to their side, and she can trust no one. Allied with Ash, a prince of the Unseelie Court, and Grimalkin, a cait sith, Meghan encounters an enemy that threatens to destroy both the Seelie and Unseelie Court.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa is the first in the Iron Fey series published by HarlequinTeen. I really love Kagawa’s writing style, and I was enchanted from the first chapter where Meghan recalls the father she remembers as a young girl disappearing from her side when she was 6. Following that, we’re introduced to her little brother, who is seeing strange characters in his closet and under the bed. It’s definitely creepy, and it hooked me. Meghan is easy to relate to, and even though she doesn’t have it easy like some of her classmates, she never whines or mopes about it, graciously accepting it.

I’ve read countless numbers of books about they fey, and they always focus on wars between the Seelie and the Unseelie Court. I really liked that Kagawa wrote something familiar–yet entirely different–by including a new court comprised of Iron fey. In fey stories, iron can be deadly to the fey; fey that thrive on technology and cannot be harmed by iron could destroy the two courts that have existed for thousands of years.

The Iron King is a strong first novel for the adventures that are sure to come in The Iron Daughter and The Iron Queen. I’m really curious to see how the romance develops between Ash and Meghan since it was really slow in the first book. If you like the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr or even the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, you’ll want to give this one a try.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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