The Iron King

The Iron King by Julie KagawaThe Iron King by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Heh. Surprise surprise, I liked this book. I had my reservations considering what I had heard about this one. While the basic plot-line wasn’t a very original one, the author’s descriptive writing and her new Iron Fey element really intrigued me.
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From GoodReads with a bit of editing from moi:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny(they all do); one she could never have imagined(they never do).

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life(there’s something slightly off in my life as well. does this mean I’m a Summer Princess as well. Oh wait, it’s because there’s a gremlin chewing on my right toe), ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six(overactive imagination, is what I think). She has never quite fit in at school or at home(I can’t name a single high schooler who does).

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar(which is not uber creepy at all), and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change(so because the best friend goes hormonal, something supernatural is about to occur).

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(food for thought: if he is mythical, they why is he real? Ohmigod, I can’t just ask people why they are real). Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about(is this book supposed to teach me I should care more about my stinking- literally- little brother? He used to sniff me feet once upon a time! Also this is super old- rescuing your brother and shit), to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face(why would she protect creatures who just consider her a pawn is not explained my moral encyclopedia); and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart(that is gross and unhygienic and where have I heard this before? Everywhere. What is the obsession with people who want to off you. One of these days I’ll meet someone with a Black widow for a partner).

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One thing that irked me was the “emo-nization” of the faeries. That don’t sit well with me, ma’am. So now every other emo or goth or punk I’ll see out there could be a faery because humans can’t possibly commit to something out of the mainstream without external coercion. Or something, my thought are rather jumbled at this point because I was just watching Spirited Away and reading about plagiarization and the authors associated with it, so I’m not really sure I’m making sense. My point is, don’t try to humanize them. Humans own Goth and Emo, we have patent- faeries can go find their own fucking styles.

I need to convey something to Ms Chase and I believe this would be the perfect spot to post my message:


Really this girl’s got a serious case of deer-caught-in-headlights
syndrome.

Meghan Chase wasn’t a particularly impressive character; her few redeeming moments were when she tricked Shard and the Goblins. Beyond that, she’s a damned Damsel in Distress. I ignored it a bit in the beginning, thinking ok, she’s an average girl so she can’t be expected to BruceLee her way out but the every time someone pops up to help her. Which begs the question: why is she so fucking important then? I’m just waiting for the day she stumbles into a one-way portal to the Arena of the 72nd Hunger Games. She’ll be eaten alive.

The saving brother thing is getting oldy-moldy. I wish for once it were their I don’t know, Granpa or someone that they had to rescue.

Oooh… and iron fey, fey, fey. Which is completely ludicrous and also wonderfully fascinating. Like flying fish(I just googled it and apparently there are so it kinda vacates my point. whatever).

So considering everything, it was an enjoyable read and maybe I’ll check out the second one, the Iron Daughter.

PS: since when did hope become emerald colored? I always thought it was more orange-ish but I guess perception and all that comes into play.

Mushu

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One thought on “The Iron King

  1. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after
    I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing
    all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to
    say wonderful blog!

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