Thursday, 21 June 2012

The Iron King REVIEW

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) "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."

                                            5 Smokin' Kisses

So, my first fey novel. As I have always said, I'm more of a Fallen angel/vampire person/witch person- not so much werewolves & faeries..... or so I thought. I still dont like wolves, BUT I defenitly LOVE the fey. I have to learn to not jump to conclusions... the fey arent exactly your cuddly, little tinkerbell.

In the Iron King we meet Meghan Chase. A normal human being, that crushes on jocks she can never have, has a guy best friend that is head-over-heels for her but she's too oblivious, blinded by her girly love for the high school jerk to see it, AND, she gets bullied like every other high school teen. normal right? *snickers* noooope. Meghan Chase isn't exactly as she appears to be. She is, in fact, the daughter of Oberon, the legendary Seelie king, and the fey world is calling for her on her nearing sixteenth birthday. She also couldn't have guessed that her good ol' prankster best friend is, in fact, Robin Goodfellow AKA Puck, from A mid-summer nights dream by our beloved shakespeare.

I must give props to Kagawa, for taking the old irish myths of the Fey & the personality of Puck from Shakespeare's work to put together this phenomenal tale. It is easy to tell how much thought has gone into the world of Nevernever, everything in Faery is pure perfection. Arcadia to Tir Na Nog, although were not completely created by Kagawa, as they already existed in irish mythology, however the feel inside the two lands was completely Kagawa. She put together the lands beautifully, everything from the skies to the trees, the ice to the grass; everything. it is truly perfection. I dont recall hearing much  about Arcadia, but Tir Na Nog is known for being called the "Land of the Young" in irish, and is supposed to the utterly beautiful otherworld. The author puts a wonderful twist on it, changing the paradise to a land of frozen beauty, where the deadly unseelie fey reside. She took a many old myths, and molded them into her own- a smart lady indeed.

Now for the novel itseld. WHOOOH. it's amazing. The characters are perfection- with completed emotions, character discription- everything! Not once did i wonder what a character looked like, which is a pet peeve may i add... i absoloutly hate it when others dont describe their damn characters properly! i wanna know if their hair is blonde or black, are their eyes blue, green or brown? i wanna know when there is a twinkle in their eye when something touches them, and the way they wince when their hurt. thank goodness Kagawa does all of that plus more!
Puck is perfect, The exact prankster he was deseigned to be. His feelings for meghan, and his protection for her make you see beyond his jokesterness- and it's fun to see his serious side sometimes among his whole sillyness. but nonetheless, puck is one of the best characters in the novel
Meghan is an amazing character, and its great reading from her POV. she's a strong willed character, and her role in the novel is believable. she accepts fey but not until she see's and feels it all with her own eyes. her raw emotions to it all made her discovery of Nevernever believable.
Ash is just beautiful. even though he is an ass in the beggining, he begins to grow on you after a while. once his true self is unravelled you begin to feel sorry for him, and see the reasons behind is assy-ness.
Oberon Is the summer king, and the defenition of it too- Nice, yet cruel, looking out for his courts interest- even if that means locking up Meghan.
Titiana is the bitchy queen we all expected, quiet different from Shakespeares version thats for sure. she reminds me of the queen from Alice in Wonderland hehe. Beautiful but, a bitch. Her hate for meghan is somewhat a fuel in parts of the novel.
Mab is the defenition of a faery queen- Beautiful & deadly. her icy-ness is cold and heartless, just like the unseelie fey, and its easy to see the contrast between the two courts.

By the end of the novel, the reader is completely pulled-and imprisioned- in the world of the Fey. Meghan completes her mission, but with strings attatched. she now has an oath to uphold with the ice prince & she has enemies of her own in the iron realm. Little does she know what will come of her love, Ash, in the next novel .... hehehhee anticipation, yes?
A very well earned 5-star rating!
Watch out for the next novel in the Iron Fey Series- The Iron Daughter

Happy readings my lovelies !

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