Nya Reads

1. I read Fantasy ever since I can remember. 2. My guilty pleasure is chick lit. And 3. You can call me Nya. 

NB I do not claim to be a literature expert, these are only my opinions. I am also here and here.



The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) - Julie Kagawa

The Iron King - 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 enjoyed this book more than I thought I would.
No, it is not perfect; No, it is not original; but overall, it's beautifully written. It transports us into the magical world of Evil Fae! (Forget your childhood fairy tales)

If you want a YA book where you can find mythology, fantasy, action and references / inspiration in other masterpieces such as Alice in Wonderland and A Midsummer Night's Dream, look no further.




The characters


Am I the only one who though Grimalkin the cat was brilliant?
Even if Meghan, the main character, was quite predictable, I have to say her actions / reactions were perfectly suited to the character's concept and development. She grows with the plot and she is not the typical invincible heroine - There are real obstacles and there is a real struggle, which makes this character become more real too. I can understand how many wouldn't like or feel attached to this character but I think she was the perfect fit for this narrative.
The relationship between Ash and Robin: Loved it, made it possible to integrate a bit of comic relief at some points - I would like Robin's character to be more developed and explored though (Maybe in the next books?)
I also like how even less important characters were explored, the reason of their intentions / actions explained.

I have also mentioned before you will find references to mythological creatures and I loved how so many different 'species' were incorporated in this alternative world created by Julie.


The romance


That was the weak point of the book, in my opinion.
There is very little tension between the two characters before the 'climax'. You do get a hint that there is some interest going there but apart from that, it comes almost from nowhere. The timing is absolutely wrong too. With all the action in the plot, there was not enough time for this relationship to be explored, would be nice to have no romance at all, add a bit of more tension and maybe leave this for the next book in the series.


The plot

I loved how it had a bit of everything: enough action, enough fantasy and enough romance. Was good enough to keep me interested too! I think the only thing missing was a bit more of...tragedy! Fairytale ending for a fairytale story.