Day 27: The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Summary From Goodreads:
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.
Never have I given a book so many chances. If Eileen is reading this then she better be freaking happy! Forewarning, this review may get a little rambly so just bear with me.
The beginning of The Iron King took forever to develop, or at least it felt that way to me. I wasn’t intrigued, the writing seemed to be aimed at the younger teen age group and while that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good quality by any means, I struggled to want to continue. Had I read this maybe 5-10 years ago I think it would have been right up my alley, but as it stands I was having a rough go of it. So I put it down for a while and read some other books. Every so often I’d try and read a few more pages here, a chapter there, and give it another chance to see if it would capture me and allow me to feel all of the crazy awesome things that I have heard other bookish bloggers say they have felt while reading The Iron King, as well as the series in general.
Today I decided that I was just going to go for it one last time and see if I could finish it, regardless of whether or not I liked it. I was also a bit afraid that Eileen might come and torture me if I didn’t. Well, I’m glad I did. The story happened to pick up right after where I had left off, the pacing quickened, the characters were already fleshed out so I didn’t feel like I was drowning in pages of info-dump and the plot, as corny as it sounds, was thickening. By the end of The Iron King I knew one thing, I need to buy another book.
I don’t want to give the impression that my issues all vanished by the end, they didn’t. The romance that develops was borderline insta-love, especially on the part of the main character Meghan. Luckily I do like the way the prince’s character worked out so I was able to ignore it for the most part. Meghan on the other hand I’m still battling with. On one hand she is slowly turning into a bad-ass, and I’m all for that, but she still has a tendency to seem a tad whiny, kind of like a petulant teenager (which again is kind of what the target audience is so maybe that’s fitting?) and it does get annoying. I’m hoping she continues to mature a bit throughout the series since it is a bit difficult to want to read a bunch of books where the main character is the one I have a conflict of personalities with. You know what I mean? Anyway…
The action that picks up in the second half of the book (especially the latter third) is excellent. It flows very nicely, there is a good mix of danger and though there are certainly some cliche moments (the heroes can never seem to actually die) it works well. The battles are done very well and even the more adventure-like times are filled with playful banter between the party that is engaging and feels natural.
I’m definitely going to get The Iron Daughter to see if this series will end up being one that I own (one step at a time Eileen) and hopefully it will continue to develop with some of the changes I mentioned. It shouldn’t be as slow since the information is already there, the base has been made, now we shall see if I like the structure that is built on top of it. I’m sure almost everyone reading this has already read all, or at least most of, the series, but if you haven’t give it a shot, you’ll probably like it quite a bit. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 28!