The Iron King By Julie Kagawa Is Just So Freakin’ Awesome!

Title: The Iron King

Author: Julie Kagawa

363 pages

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Buy The Book: Amazon


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. (Summary provided by the publisher.)

My Thoughts:


Where do I begin when I like a book THIS MUCH?

Do I give a rundown of plot points that I liked?

Do I gush about the romantic subplot and dish about what a hottie Ash is?

There needs to be a book reviewer 101 class for how not to go nuts on a book that is this effing awesome.

It’s like she just took a can of awesome and sprayed it all over freakin’ faery land.

It’s just awesome!

*sputters* Awesome!

In fact I liked it so much I blinged out the cover:

In case you are hard of seeing or something it says Freakin’ Awesome across the cover in glitter stickers. Because that’s what it is: Freakin’ Awesome. If you’re a big dummy like my sister-in-law “Penny”, then you might think that’s a b and that it says breakin’ awesome. But that makes no freakin’ sense. Yes bitches that’s a lowercase f and it says freakin’ awesome. As in, The Iron King is freakin’ awesome!

Okay. Okay. I’m just going to take a deep breath.

All right, I know. Most of you are probably like what the hell is wrong with this woman? Trust me if I knew I’d tell ya! The Iron King has been out since February 2010. Why is she just now reading it?

Yes,I am fully aware that I’m more than a little late to this party. I almost completely skipped this series because I am reading so many other series. Also, there are three books in the series already. But, my lord… I am so glad I went ahead and read it! Have you ever just kind of skipped reading something because you didn’t think it was going to be that great? Then you read it and it’s… *whispers* freakin’ awesome. Kind of a mind blowing experience right?

Basically, if you love books about faeries then you will love this book. If you loved A Midsummer Night’s Dream by one mister William Shakespeare then guess what? Yep. You guessed it. You’re gonna love this book. What? You don’t like books with a kick ass female protagonist? Then you may not like this book.

How can you not like a character that says things like this?

Robin Goodfellow (or Puck as he is commonly called) is a wonderfully written character, and his fight scenes are some of the most vivid I have read in a while. However, don’t be fooled by the quote I listed above or by the jocular tone of this review. This story has some great funny moments, but it also has a heart. At the heart of that story is Meghan Chase. Her quest through the Nevernever and her inner struggle with how she feels about Prince Ash will be sure to stay with me for a long time. After all what teenage girl (or 35 year old woman) wouldn’t like to meet a dashing prince*?


What’s the last book that blew your mind because it was so good? Be sure and let me know in the comments section.

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*Luckily, I’ve got my prince. But I certainly don’t mind reading about hot faery princes. I also didn’t mind watching Eclipse on a loop all weekend when I wasn’t reading The Iron King.


  1. says

    LOVE this review, I’m also late to the party and whilst I have the book, I haven’t read it yet. You’ve just made me want to pick it up and start reading!! So thanks!

  2. says

    Horaaaah!!! Great blinged book, Babe!!! I’m new to your blog which Fate would have me find tonight as I was skippin’ the light fantastic looking for new bookish places to alight. I am so happy to have found you.
    Don’t feel late on this one, I’m going to be like the belated White Rabbit on it. I’m being sent the books to review and it’s going to look like I’ve been living on Mars….
    My bookish blog is rather new; that is, 2 of them are. Would you do me the biggest favor and hop by to see me? I would love to have you visit.
    I’ve followed you on Twitter and clicked right in as a new “follower” to your blogs, as well.
    Best wishes, Your Bookish Dame/Deborah
    PS: LavenderRoseRamblings is bookish and creative arts combined… :]

  3. victoria says

    I don’t know what to make of this review. A book titled “The Iron Kind,” with a close-up picture of a young woman’s face on its cover, makes me suspect it’s probably young adult fantasy fiction filled with improbable plot twists confirming the heroine’s conviction that she’s the center of the universe, but sadly lacking in competently crafted sentences.
    Before I am persuaded that this book is, indeed, freakin’ awesome, may I take your temperature in literary taste? Are you a fan of Jane Austen? Samuel Richardson? Henry James? What about David Foster Wallace? Jane Smiley (the early novellas, specifically, The Age of Grief, Ordinary Love, and Good Will)? Jamaica Kincaid (her early fiction and not her gardening esays)? Or Donna Tartt’s The Secret History (and NOT The Little Friend, god help us)? What about Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections?
    The reason I ask is, a book must have well-crafted sentences and clever locution to hold my attention. Otherwise it’s a waste of time and money for me. I really don’t give a damn what the topic is, I don’t care whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or historical, probable or improbable, I don’t care whether it’s about fairies or riffs on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all I care about is whether the writing is well executed.
    But, to my frustration, I can’t seem to find a reviewer who discusses the shapeliness of the sentences instead of, say, the characters or plot or theme, etc. I can find plenty of reviews that tell me what kind of story the book tells, but not whether any given sentence will thrill me and make me fall in love with my native language all over again.
    I want books that inspire me to be a better writer, not necessarily books that take me to fantasy land. Is this such a book?

  4. says

    This is FREAKING AWESOME!! I want this, can you beautify my Iron King copy too?? I love this, totally LOVE this!!
    Yes, this comment needs all the caps!
    I’m a big biggggggg Fan of The Iron Fey saga and now I’m jealous you have such a wonderful cover…

  5. says

    Bahahah, OH MAN! You are a cool person, I hope you know that. This post is the best thing ever. I will totally bling out with The Iron King if I end up liking it a lot. But nope, Ive yet to start it! I dont even have the book yet!

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