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Fantasy Friday: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Enter a fantastical world of dangerous faeries, wicked princes and one half-human girl who discovers her entire life is a lie. This special edition of The Iron King includes the bonus novella “Winter’s Passage” and an exclusive excerpt from the new Iron Fey book, The Iron Raven.


In less than twenty-four hours, I’ll be sixteen. Countless stories, songs and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset.


Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan Chase’s life, ever since her father disappeared when she was six. Ten years later, when her little brother also goes missing, Meghan learns the truth—she is the secret daughter of a mythical faery king and a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she loves, 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.

Amazon Link: The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 stars

I love books about the Fae, especially ones that emphasize how dangerous the Faerie Realm is for mortals. This book started off well with the typical introduction to Faeryland and the Fae, along with a potential romantic interest for the main character, Meghan. Meghan also found out that she was secretly half-Fae and the daughter of the Summer King. (Not that big of a surprise, since this is a common trope.) I enjoyed it from the start, but it didn’t seem like anything special.

But then the surprising twist came with a new type of Fae that thrives on iron and technology. That really got my attention. The Faerie Realm isn’t threatened just by the human world, but also from the new magical creatures which are adapting to modern developments. And the story kept me guessing until the very end.

So now I’m hooked, and I plan to read more of the series to see where it goes next.

I’m late to this series, so many people have already read it, but I recommend it to anyone who hasn’t tried it yet. If you like Fae in a modern setting and the interactions between human and Fae, this is a great story which was easy to read and full of vivid descriptions. I would compare it to Charles De Lint’s urban fantasy.


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