After how much I loved Shadow of the Fox, I decided to read Julie Kagawa other books. I picked The Iron Fey and I used my new library card for the first time. (Yay!) First, I was drawn to the fantasy aspect including faeries. The Iron Fey series is a little older, so of course, you also run into old YA tropes.
The Iron King starts the series off with Megan Chase, a sixteen-year-old girl who is an awkward, loner at her high school. She discovers there is a world unlike her own when her brother gets kidnapped and taken to the Nevernever. She must then go to Nevernever to rescue her brother with the help of her friend, Puck. Along the way, Megan uncovers many dark secrets about Nevernever.
Despite being very much a part of the old YA, this book does have a different feeling compared to most YA paranormal stories. Routed in fantasy, The Iron King gives more of an adventure fantasy novel instead of a romantic angst central plot. A Midsummer Night’s Dream has great references in this book and it really gave this book a unique feel. Yes, there was still a love triangle with a best friend and clearly a bad boy, but it wasn’t that bad for me.
“Oh, we’re playing nice now? Shall we have tea first? Brew up a nice pot of kiss-my-ass?”
I really think Julie’s best writing style is her use of making fun and interesting secondary characters. In their own way, Puck and Grimalkin were exactly what was needed to move the plot along. Puck’s comic relief, this sarcastic character was exactly like Puck from Midsummer Night’s Dream. While Grimalkin was very much like the Cheshire Cat, who only provided help when it suited him. Charismatic and fun, these characters along with fast-paced fantasy makes for an exciting story.
“I’m a cat.”
The Iron King was a cool series started for what could be an interesting series. This was a very easy read and I was able to finish in just a couple hours. With Great illusions to a great Shakespearean play, charismatic characters, and pretty interesting villains, The Iron King set itself apart from other YA fantasy from the 2000s. Now onto The Iron Daughter.