So I FINALLY, after 5 days, finished the 4 novels and 2 novellas (so far) in the Iron Fey series. And let me just say, that they were amazing.
It's been a long time since I allowed myself to get involved in a new series. I have tried to either stick to the series I have already began, or single novels with no sequels, saving my sanity, and my bank account! But this series called to me. I had just finished reading Destined, the final book in Aprilynne Pike's Fey series, and I was really looking for more novels about Faeries because I truly am hooked on them right now, and I remembered that my friend had read at least the first one in high school and had really liked it. Plus the covers are just so beautiful, and I know they say "don't judge a book by it's cover" but it definitely came in to play!
I'm going to review this one as a whole, but sort of separately. I'll do a small blurb about each book in different blog posts, then post a final one, summarizing how I felt about the series as a whole, and my anticipation for both the novella ending this series coming up, and the new Iron Fey series from Ethan's perspective coming up as well. And as a warning, near the end of my reviews there will be spoilers for the book. So if you haven't read it yet be sure to stop when you see "SPOILER ALERT". I don't want to ruin the book for anyone and trust me when I say YOU do not want it ruined for you. It's worth the wait to read and find out what happens. I found that out the hard way :( I also recommend that if you haven't started the series or are in the middle DO NOT read the description for the next book before finishing the one you are reading. The descriptions for the next book WILL RUIN the book you are reading for you. Now if you're one of those people who don't care, then go ahead, but I'm one who likes to follow the story how it should be followed.
Now for the review!
The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: February 1, 2010
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 280 (on Nook)
My Suggestion: READ THIS BOOK!
Okay so first off, the cover of this book is gorgeous. I love the colors, I love the model they picked for Meghan, the twists of vines on the front, the font, everything. I love it. It really draws the readers to the book and catches your eye when walking by.
Now for the book itself. I have to say I was a little apprehensive in the beginning of the book. I was used to reading Aprilynne Pike's Wings Series, which only shows faeries as being actual faeries (not to mention the fact that they are plants). So it was a little bit of a change when Kagawa started noting all the creatures in Nevernever as faeries. I definitely was slow reading this starting out. I really wasn't sure that I liked it, and I was a little concerned that it wasn't going to turn out as well as I thought it would. But, true to my nature, I pushed through and continued to read, because I never stop in the middle of a book. I always finish no matter what. And how glad I was that I did. Once I got past the first few chapters I was immersed in the story and already beyond attached to the characters.
Okay, now for the SPOILER ALERT!
Can I just say that even at the end of the book I had already fallen deeply in love with Ash? I seem to always go for the dark, mysterious, brooding characters in the book. The ice prince, who's heart is cold as ice, yet warms as the human girl he never believed himself able to fall for steals it away. *Sigh* I'm such a sucker for romance. The journey through the Iron Kingdom may have been my favorite part of the entire series honestly. Watching Ash and Meghan grow closer and closer, while knowing all the while that their love is forbidden and that it can never be, made my heart soar. Dangerous, forbidden love, I believe, is one of the most yearned for things by young people. The secrecy, the passion, the romance. It's just too much. Oh and I love Grim. He cracks me up. "I am a cat." Like that explains everything! As for Meghan, I thought she stayed incredibly brave, though I was a little...how do I put this...apprehensive about how little apprehensiveness she had about going to Nevernever. It just seemed to me like she accepted it too quickly. All I can say is that I'm glad that, number 1, The Iron Daughter was already out when I started reading this, and number 2, that Kagawa wrote Winter's Passage. I Actually I'm glad the entire series is out (besides the Iron Prophecy.) But I am sad that Ash and Meghan and Puck's story is over. OH! I almost forgot about Puck! What can I say about Puck? I do love him. I think he is a great character and I love trying to figure out what he is thinking. I'm glad that Summer's Crossing was in his point of view, because I loved it. Meghan (mostly) only sees his goofy side, as he hides his emotions behind this, while in his point of view you get the whole Puck. And I really do feel bad for him that he didn't get Meghan at the end of the book, but, I'm sorry. I love Ash more.
Okay end of the SPOILER ALERT!
"I am a cat."
"Oh, we're playing nice now? Shall we have tea first? Brew up a nice pot of kiss-my-ass?"
"Touch her, and I'll freeze your testicles off and put them in a jar. Understand?"
"The Winter prince and Oberon's jester agreeing on something. The world must be ending."
"You made me feel alive again."
"Good God, the Ice Prince was making jokes now; the world must be ending."
"Yeah, Mom, Ethan’s turned into a monster and my best friend thinks he’s a faery. How was your day?"
"Hi, Princess. Sorry I'm late. Traffic was a bitch."
"I would have gotten you there!" Puck roared. "Me! You don't need his help! Don't you trust me to keep you safe? I would've given everything for you. Why didn't you think I'd be enough?"
-Puck (I really do feel sorry for Puck. Poor guy.)
The last thing I could say is, READ THE BOOK! If you love fantasy, the unknown, adventure, romance, forbidden love, unrequited love, snarky cats, goofy faeries of legend, jerk faerie dads, evil faerie bitch queens, gorgeous ice princes, etc., READ THIS BOOK!
Would you like me to say it again? READ. THE. IRON. KING.
You will not regret it :)