The Iron King

Author: Julie Kagawa

Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Romance/Adventure

Series: The Iron Fey #1

My name is Meghan Chase.
 
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.

I don’t think it will be that way for me.

I’d heard a lot about this book. Critics raved over it, book reviewers adored it, foreign countries sent hit men to snatch up all they could. So naturally I felt compelled to read and review.

Positive Content: Megan really loves her younger brother, and would do anything to get him back from the faeries who have kidnapped him and replaced him with a changeling. She loves her mother as well, even though the two are pretty distant. She really loved her father before he disappeared and still misses him, in spite of everything. She is willing to sacrifice anything – her safety, her memories, her life – in order to protect her friends. She risks everything in order to bring her little brother back from the NeverNever. Likewise, Puck and Ash honor their promises and look out for Megan’s safety.

Negative Content: Quite a bit of foul-mouthing here, including one ‘F-bomb’ (granted, the main character is horrified when this word is uttered, but that doesn’t alter the fact that it was still there) as well as several other a-b-and-d-bombs. Some crude language is used. Many of the faeries are sensual creatures and don’t mind hiding it (Megan herself is the product of a one-night tryst between her mother and the faerie king Oberon). A group of satyrs chases Megan with ‘wicked intentions’ (Puck warned her of  this earlier). Meghan has a few disturbing nightmares concerning her little brother being in danger (i.e. she dreams he’s hanging from wires like some sort of cyborg, etc.) They visit a faerie masquerading as a voodoo seer (the scene lasts only about a page and a half, if I remember correctly). Several people are killed and/or nearly killed. And, of course, there’s the whole ‘love triangle’ thing, which I’m really, really getting sick of.

Summary: This book had a strong imagination powering it, and many aspects of the Iron King are delightful and enthralling. The world of faerie is mysterious, magical, and dangerous, and I grew to like Megan, Puck, and even Ash as they journeyed through the Nevernever in order to retrieve Megan’s little brother. However, there was quite a bit of content that this book could definitely have done without; language and immoral faeries being the main problems. I’d probably own this book – but I would take a lot of black marker to it.

Ages: 17+

3 out of  5 stars

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