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The Iron King

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Iron KingSeries: The Iron Fey #1
Published by Inkyard Press on May 5, 2020
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, YA
Format: Audiobook
Length: 11 hours and 45 mins

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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.

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Meghan Chase has had a tough life. She lives with her mom, stepdad, and half brother but they all seem to not pay much attention to her, which is odd. At school, she’s not part of the “in crowd”, in fact, she only has one friend, Robbie. Her relationship with Robbie only adds to the weirdness that is her life. As she’s about to turn 16, strange things start happening around her.

On the day of her 16th birthday, she humiliated at school by the quarterback of the football team as revenge for what he thought was Meghan “outting” him. Also Robbie is even weirder than normal. After a disastrous day at school, Robbie promises to come get her later that night to celebrate her birthday. But when she gets home, things are even stranger.

She finds her mom passed out on the kitchen floor and her brother, Ethan shows up and just stands there watching her. When her mom finally wakes, she waves Meghan off and claims that she’s not badly hurt but later that night, Luke doesn’t want to chance it and takes her to the hospital leaving Meghan and Ethan alone.

Ethan, usually a quiet sweet boy, demands food and when Meghan tells him that it isn’t dinner time yet and he has to wait, he’s not happy. He makes a comment about his mom also making him wait for dinner time, that ran a chill down her spine. Stunned and scared of him, she caves and made him a frozen pizza but that wasn’t enough to sate him. When he demanded more food and Meghan put her foot down and said no, he attacked her. This is when Robbie shows up for their birthday celebration.

With all of that, Robbie tells Meghan about the fey and Faeryland and that her brother isn’t her brother but a changeling. Horrified, Meghan begs Robbie to help her get her brother back and eventually he gives in. She has a crash course on all things fey. She also learns that Robbie wasn’t exactly who she thought he was. He’s really Robbin Goodfellow, THE PUCK from A Midsummer’s Night Dream. She learns that the other characters are also fey and that they’re real.

When Meghan makes it, with a huge effort and obstacles, to the Seelie court, she gets the biggest shock of them all. She’s part fey and her dad is actually King Oberon, the king of the Seelie Court. During an attack, Meghan is able to escape with Grimalkin’s help and they make their way back into the human world. There she learns more about the fey and what humans are blind to.

Puck, Meghan, and Grimalkin make their way to Tir Na Nog, Unseelie territory, to continue the search for Ethan, they run right into Ash, mysterious dude that was watching Meghan in the human world. He’s a prince of the Unseelie court and has been ordered by his mom, Queen Mab, to hunt Meghan down. After a duel to the death between Puck and Ash, a meet-and-greet and clash with the iron fey, Ash joins their group in search for Ethan.

Meghan has a lot thrown at her and she copes rather well. She’s so resilient. Even in the face of almost daily bullying and being easily forgotten, side effect of her fey half, she’s still a very smart, sweet, and caring girl. Not at all jaded. Has hopes and dreams of getting away but isn’t bitter. I actually really liked that Meghan didn’t just accept and embrace King Oberon as her biological dad.

Her intelligence helps her adapt to the rules and politics of the fey. Her human half, gives her a boost over the fey, she’s not affected by iron or technology. When her group is split up and eventually ends up by herself, she finds that she’s not weak or defenseless. She finally finds her brother and makes it back home. Where her mom is finally honest with her about her real father.

While I love me a good romance, I felt like Ash and Meghan were forced into a thing. I’m all for insta-love but this one was a little too out there. Especially for Meghan to declare herself Ash’s “beloved” AND that she had this huge crush on a boy not long before meeting Ash. I don’t know…call me crazy but 2+2 does NOT make 6 lol

This was a hard review! I had to write it over so many times. There’s so much I want to put in here but then it becomes a recap rather than a review so this is my short non-spoilery recap, full spoiler recap will be posted as well.

While not on board with the Ash romance, I definitely liked this book and can’t wait to dive into the rest of the series!

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