Monday, June 14, 2010

The Iron King By Julie Kagawa

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.

I absolutely loved this book. The female protagonist was a strong character with a single minded determination to get what she came for no matter the price. If she had to make a deal with a talking cat, so be it. A deal with the son of a Queen that wanted her dead, so be it. And she looked out for her friends along the way all the while searching for the one thing that had brought her to Nevernever in the first place.

Meghan had never known she was part faery and hardly can believe it on her trip through Nevernever as her guides call it. She has many times when she just barely escapes, but she always keeps her wits about her. She finds out that not only is she part faery, but she is part faery princess as Oberon, King of the Summer Court is her father. His interest lies in protecting her from those who would use her against him, the Unseelie or Winter Court, which is where Meghan believes she must go to find the thing she seeks.

Nothing seems to deter her from her journey, not threat of death, not injury, not the ire of the Queen of the Summer Court, nor the Winter Court. She is undetered by all these fantastic creatures she's never seen before that she can all the sudden see and at the very end when she looks like she might lose, she finds the strength to go on alone despite how foreign everything is to her because she's after the one thing she loves the most.

The writing in this books is so easy to read and I can see Nevernever as it is lain before me in words. The untamed woods of the Wyld, the bright garrish colors of the Erlking's lands and the cold, quiet, eeriness of the Winter Court. I can also see the wild bars and places where the trods are where they enter and exit Nevernever. Ms. Kagawa paints a great picture with her words and weaves a good story with her prose. I'm anxiously awaiting Iron Daughter. My only complaint is that I can read it too fast. I wish it was twice as long. But she was kind enough to give us Winter's Passage on her website to tide us over. Thank you Ms. Kagawa!

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