Published by Harlequin Teen on February 1st 2010
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, YA, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Immortal Rules, The Eternity Cure
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.
I’m slightly obsessed with this book, considering I picked it up on a whim without really knowing much about it. There are so many astonishing facets to this gem by Julie Kagawa. First, many characters in this are from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and that was one play I adored in high school. Puck is my favorite!
What sucked me into this book, however, was the fact that Meghan’s little brother is in trouble and needs to be saved. He’s switched out for a changeling and IT’S ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING. It’s like a horror film was mixed in. I had to have the light on because changeling child was practically demonic.
Ash. The cold, heartless knight. Meghan infiltrated Ash’s heart and he doesn’t want to admit it, and if that’s not enough to make anyone want to read this, then Grimalkin, the sometimes-invisible guide cat-like thing, who reminds me of the Cheshire Cat, should lure you in.
The Iron Fey came toward the end of this book, and truly came as a surprise. The idea is that the world has become too technologically reliant and it’ll destroy us, which I think is a great way to bring that idea up to readers. Nature is the Summer and Winter Fey’s biggest protector against the Iron Fey, which are made up heavily of metal and tech stuff. Meghan is fearless and such a badass heroine. She goes to great lengths to protect her loved ones.
Overall, this is one of my new favorites of the summer, and I’m eager to stop by Hastings and pick up the rest of the series. Trina reviewed this a while back, also, and you can find that review by typing “The Iron King” into the search bar here on the site. Thanks for checking this out and happy reading!