The Iron King by Julie Kagwa

The Iron King by Julie Kagwa
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Length: 336 pages
Genera: Fantasy
Subjects: Fey, love triangles, adventure

Rating: 

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.

The Iron King is one of the mysteriously popular books. Incredibly cliché and sappy, Kagwa does not add anything new to the genre, or revolutionize any older concepts. The Iron King is a mismatch of fantasy characters, tropes, and plot elements strung together to create one immensely disappointing novel.

The only thing The Iron King has going for it is the ease of reading. It’s a very fast paced novel, and easy to read. There are a couple entertaining characters, such as Grim the Cat, who made the novel fun. The world building was nice, and I could picture a lot of the world The Iron King created.

This is, sadly, where the positives end, as the rest of the book is tedious and monotonous. Meghan, the heroine, was endlessly annoying. She was very dependent on Ash and Puck to save her, even when it was clear that she could have saved herself. The Damsel in Distress trope was strong in this book.

Both of the love interests were underwhelming. Ash was a very typical love interest, whose main defining qualities are ‘hot’ and ‘bad’, despite not doing anything remotely ‘bad’. Puck was a very by the book lighter love interest, who clashed against Ash. There wasn’t anything remotely interesting about either of them.

The Iron King’s plot was very average for a book about faeries, in which a little brother was kidnapped and an Evil Faery King tried to take a girl as his queen. While I have no problem with these tropes if they are put in a different spin, Kagwa made little to no changes to these tropes.

The Iron King had a lot of wasted potential. Kagwa is obviously not a bad author, but this series was very underwhelming. I do not plan to continue reading this series and would not recommend it to anyone.

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