The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) By JULIE KAGAWA
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 (goodreads).
I was browsing in the BN ebook store and saw that this was only 5 dollars, "why the hell not?" I thought. Best five dollar purchase in a really long time. Not only is the writing superb, but the characters are so real that I could see them in the real world.
Megan Chase isn't the prettiest nor is she the richest. Her family barely realizes that she exists and her classmates are downright cruel. When her little brother is swapped for a fey, Megan and her best friend Robin Goodfellow (yes) must journey to the Summer Court where she finds a place she just might belong in.
This novel was constantly moving. There was never, NEVER a lull in action or character development. I was completely and totally consumed by Megan's journey and the strange characters that she encountered. I loved that Kagawa did not throw the readers in the magical fae world immediately, she took great time to introduce us to the characters and into Megan's mind. This book was definitely hard to put down and was ever harder to finish. I wanted to live in Kagawa's world and never let go.
The numerous characters are ALL fantastic. Whether it was the sneaky cat Grimm or the small mumbling gnomes, each one was interesting and fully fleshed out, even if they only made an appearance for ten pages or so. I believe that Kagawa's characters were the strongest point in this novel, especially young Megan Chase who is so incredibly likeable I wouldn't mind reading a book if it just followed her everyday life. The love story was very bare but I expect major breakthroughs to come in the next novel. I liked the dark prince who was first introduced as he hunted both Megan and Robin/Puck down. While I know this story will feature a love triangle, both men were strangely lacking in development. I can only assume that Kagawa is waiting until the second novel to expand on their personalities and love for Megan.
The writing in this novel completely blew me away. Julie Kagawa crafted her world so well that it felt real. Her imaginative world is addictive and the charaters that she has created are equally so. I want this to be a movie and I want Julie Kagawa to write, direct and produce it, because I don't think anyone else could do it justice. Not only is the writing amazing, Julie Kagawa also has some great insight. Here is a quote that I loved from the book:
"The Nevernever is dying, human. It grows smaller and smaller every decade. Too much progress, too much technology. Mortals are losing their faith in anything but science"
So all in all, I absolutely adore this book. I would reread it any time I got and would definitely recommend it every person that crossed by path. With the right blend of world building, humor, and the perfect cast, The Iron King takes on the fae genre.
I reconmmend this to everyone who enjoys the fae and paranormal genre.
Entry for Immortals Challenge 2012