Book: The Iron King
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Rating: 4.5 Stars
When the origins of the fey are forged from the dreams of mankind what will happen to Nevernever when all magic disappears? When it is supplanted by technology? Kagawa successfully and brilliantly poses this idea throughout The Iron King as she skillfully portrays the realms of the Light (Seelie) and the Dark (Unseelie) colliding with a third.
Under this threat Meghan Chase, once an ordinary girl finds she must cross the chasm between the worlds and dive deep into the world of faery to save her brother Ethan. With the aid of some extraordinary characters along the way, Meghan’s quest is not without its sacrifices as the deeper she delves into who and what she is…all along the way casting remnants of her humanity behind her.
Kagawa’s world is visually stunning. From the blighted land of Machina’s domain to the twisted wyldwood of the Summer king’s realm to the streets of New Orleans, and the wintery landscape of Mab’s Unseelie kingdom, readers will be enchanted, transported, and riveted. Will the old bloods be vanquished by iron once and for all?
In all the books I’ve read of faery, Kagawa is the first (in my experience) to illuminate how mankind’s technological bent has had a physical affect in faery by manifesting itself into a mechanical kingdom all its own, replete with steam, acid rain, machines and cogs. Bravo for this insightful twisting of faery lore. Readers of Holly Black’s Tithe series will find some similarities but Kagawa has surely cut a path for herself. And readers will smile (as I did) as our heroine is trapped between the wiles of Puck and Ash as they vie relentlessly for her attention. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place!
Kagawa’s next installment in the series is set for August 2010 entitled “The Iron Daughter”.
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