Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa + Bonus Winter’s Passage Review!

Book Reviews

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

4 Stars

I really enjoyed the world Julie Kagawa has created. The Summer/Seelie Court and the Winter/Unseelie Court are what I’ve always imagined fairies to be like. They’re unearthly beautiful with elven features and unattainable grace.

Meghan Chase has been kept in the dark her whole life about her origins. Her best friend, Robbie, is actually a faery. He has been protecting her and keeping her blind to all things fey. See, Meghan’s father is the Summer King and that makes her a target. I found Meghan to be a little infuriating sometimes. She wouldn’t take anyone’s advice and always made rash decisions that mostly made matters worse for everyone and herself. But what I will give her is that she is courageous and strong. For being thrust into this world she adjusted rather well and didn’t cower at all the unknown. Her loyalty was also admirable.

One very intriguing character was Prince Ash of the Winter Court. I think his cold, mysterious demeanor is something he uses to keep himself closed off. I think he is definitely hero material. That whole “always want what you can’t(or shouldn’t) have” was SO happening in this book between Meghan and Ash, and I loved it!

Puck, a.k.a. Robbie, was also there to help Meghan on her quest to save her brother. I love his humor and sarcastic comments. I do wonder if he has feelings for Meghan that go deeper than friendship though. I hope we find out in the next book!

I can’t believe I hadn’t read this book sooner! Talk about being taken to another world! It was definitely a unique take on faeries. This story was action-packed, it had heart and it left me wanting the next book the moment I finished.

Book Info

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: February 1st 2010
Pages: 363
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: RomanceUrban FantasyYoung Adult
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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.



Winter’s Passage (Iron Fey #1.5) by Julie Kagawa
3 out of 5 Stars!
Publication Date: May 20th 2010 by Harlequin Teen

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl…until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck–Meghan’s best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon–who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

Yet Meghan and Ash’s detour does not go unnoticed. They have caught the attention of an ancient, powerful hunter–a foe that even Ash may not be able to defeat….

An eBook exclusive story from Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.

This story takes place between book 1, The Iron King, and book 2, The Iron Daughter. It’s a great short adventure and a nice addition to the series. I think if it hadn’t been written we might’ve always wondered how it had gone down. I love the moments where Ash opens up to Meghan and doesn’t try to act like he doesn’t care for her. If you enjoyed The Iron King you’ll like this story as well. :)


About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

10 Responses to “Review: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa + Bonus Winter’s Passage Review!”

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    Miss Remmers

    I really enjoyed this series and it keeps getting better! I was so/so on the first two but The Iron Queen was AMAZING! Can't wait until you get there!

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    Jess (Gone with the Words)

    @Miss Remmers – I'm already loving the second one! This one was ok, but The Iron Daughter is even better! And I CAN'T wait to read The Iron Queen!@Logan – Team Ash!! So far…lol :D

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    Sniffly Kitty

    Ack, I'm also way behind the bandwagon on reading this one although that may because I've been burned by a few faerie books lately heh. I'm working on getting to this one though ^.^

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    I'm really glad you liked this book! The Iron Fey series is one of my favorites! I had THE HARDEST time choosing between Ash and Puck…I'm still deciding. Can I choose both? Lol

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