The Iron King
By: Julie Kagawa
It took me a little while to fall in love with this book, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down! Meghan is real and relatable. Like just about every young adult heroine, she’s a bit of an outcast and her classmates think she’s a freak, but this was one of few recent young adult books that didn’t lay it on too thick. I thought she was believable, and when you’ve got a whole new faery world to wrap your head around, having a main character whose shoes you can slip into was a huge help.
I loved the concept of the Iron fey. The Winter and Summer faery characters are based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and they exist only because mortals tell their stories and remember them. It seemed perfectly logical—and brilliant—to me that the Iron fey were created when mortals developed a love of industry and technology. Sure, we’re all still suckers for a good love story and a heroic quest, but I’m writing about that on a laptop. Technology is everywhere, and I loved how the modern world intertwined with the timelessness of the faery realm.
This was a fun exciting read and I definitely recommend it!