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.
When her little brother Ethan is kidnapped on her sixteenth birthday, Meghan Chase embarks on her journey to find and rescue her brother. With the help of her best friend Puck, Meghan enters into the unfamiliar faery realm where mythical and magical creatures reside. As Meghan travels into the Summer Court, she learns that she is actually the half-fae/ half-human daughter of King Oberon. Realizing the kidnap of her brother is just the beginning of something bad and awfully sinister, Meghan begins to see that it would take a lot more than her determination to survive and find her brother in the faery world. If she needs to succeed, she must tap into her fey power and embrace her true identity as the faery princess. She must use her mortal advantage as a human to bargain her way into the iron kingdom to rescue her brother.
Although Meghan is our heroine, she is an insecure sixteen-year-old with poor self-esteem. While she loves her mother and brother, she does not come across as a person who is considerate, compassionate or caring. She can be easily annoyed, and to be honest, I find myself not really connecting with her. Although her mission to rescue Ethan is admirable, her behavior is often loud and annoying. In the book, Meghan screams … and she screams fairly frequently! And while I get that a person would often scream when she is in danger, the frequent screaming is just waaay too much and too loud that I feel as though I were being tortured. Anyway, I’m happy that Meghan accomplishes what she started in the end, but I still find her a little too awkward to like.
I guess Meghan is still learning about who she really is … I just hope she’ll grow up more when I meet her in the next book.
Aside from my somewhat jarring connection with Meghan, I must say I am intrigued by the faery world created by Julie Kagawa. I like the twist about how human desires for modern technologies are affecting and contaminating the ancient magic of the faery world. I like the description of the iron kingdom and I like that it sounds powerful to the ear but is actually suffering from corrosive damage.
Overall, I’m impressed by what I read. The Iron King depicts a wonderfully-crafted adventure that is exciting, breath-taking and unpredictable. While Meghan is not among my favorite heroines (at least not yet, for the time being), I think I’m still going to continue reading the series as I’m eager to find out what may be happening next in the faery realm.
Um… please don’t ask me if I’m Team Ash or Team Puck at the meantime, as I still haven’t quite made up my mind yet! 😉