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The Iron King Paperback – January 19, 2010
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Julie Kawaga's faery world is great. My first fairy story since Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series, I was excited to follow Meghan through her adventure, interested to see the author's creation/interpretation of this otherworld. The world building was basic, but enough, the movement between the NeverNever and our world, I think, allowing the author to focus on the story rather than worry so much about creating constantly changing fantastical elements. Those elements that are created are rich and vibrant, and set the stage perfectly for the future of the series.
The whole concept and creation of the Iron King was clever, inspired, and on-point with the mythology of the feary world, reminding me a little of Neil Gaiman's modern tech deities from American Gods. Little metallic gnomes and gremlins collecting scraps of broken tech, deadened, metallic trees whose branches act like sharpened knives created a nice paradox to the vibrant colors and life of the Summer and Winter Courts.
The Iron King is published under Harlequin's Teen branch, so naturally, there's a love triangle element. I found the subtlety of it refreshing but still wondered at the exact placement of certain events that seemed a bit forced. I get that 'X' has to happen for 'Y' to occur but take the time to develop the events. Maybe, I'm just a little out of touch with the teenage psyche... still, I enjoyed the forbidden love element, and the heart-strings were thrummed more than twice.
In the end, it was the love story that brought me through the series ;) It's the reason I like these kinds of books, using them as a nice relaxing get-away-from-reality read. This series fit the bill, and I fully recommend buying the 3 book series as a set (it also comes with the 2 novellas that bridge the books, which were cute).
Happy reading :)
Of course, nothing is ever simple, especially when dealing with faeries, and Meghan soon discovers that nothing is as it seems and there is far more going on and at stake than she ever expected. If she's going to rescue Ethan, she's going to need help not only from Puck, but also a very annoying talking cat, and Ash, an annoyingly handsome fae prince.
I enjoyed this book. It's funny, clever, and well written. There is some mild language. And, yes, the romance in this series follows a formula that most teenage girls will easily recognize, but it also turns certain aspects of it on its head, which I found amusing . If you don't like love-triangles, however, stay away. Despite all of this, this story has far more happening in it. It is far more an adventure story; Meghan has a purpose, a goal besides getting the guy, through it all, and she's willing to go to great lengths to achieve it.
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I can honestly say I'm not disappointed. I never really expected this to be any good, so we're all good.Read more