Published: February 1st 2010
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.
It took me a long time to finally pick up this series. I was never a big fan of Faeries or The Fey, so I found I naturally just steered clear of The Iron Fey series. But after I finished The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, I found that I loved her writing style so much I was wanting to give this series a try. And am I ever glad that I did. Right from the first page, Kagawa had me eagerly anticipating every move and sitting on the edge of my seat. It was a non- stop action packed book and an amazing opening to what I am quickly discovering is an awesome series.
Kagawa’s Fey are viscious and beautiful, and she doesn’t hold anything back. Which is one thing I absolutely love about her. She is willing to get bloody in her writing and kill and injure some characters. It is brutal, harsh and epic.
Kagawa’s descriptiveness is also amazing in her writing of the Nevernever. It was so vivid and beautiful that I imagined myself walking through this magical forest, on my toes and listening for any sound. From the forest to the Summer court and the seductive music into the harsh and dirty landscape of the Iron Kingdom.
Each character was a blast to read too. Grimalkin is a perfect blend of snarky and sarcastic, exactly what I imagine a cat would be like if one could talk; Puck is hilarious and loyal, I absolutely loved him. Ash is sexy and badass, and Meghan is defiant and stubborn, and doesn’t take anyone’s shit. i really like that in a leading character because she stands up for herself and I can see her developing really well throughout the story. The idea of technology and science crippling the few is an interesting spin on how it is affecting our world as well. I really am enjoying that aspect of the story.
Only a few things bothered me. One, the way Ash and Meghan fell in love pretty quickly. I get that they went through a lot of stuff together, but I didn’t get to see them interacting as much as I would have liked. And the way Meghan reacted to the fact that the world of the Fey was real was a little unrealistic. Most people would be freaking out. And she did to a degree but she just accepted it really quickly. And maybe that had to do with having to rescue her brother, i’m not sure. Other than that, I loved it.
Kagawa does a brilliant job of creating a seductive setting with the fey and keeps you on the edge of your seat with the action scenes and an exciting story. I can see myself devouring the rest of the series in no time at all.