Series: The Iron Fey #1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Published on February 1, 2010
Published by Harlequin, Harlequin Teen
Format: eBook, 360 pages
Source: Freebie @ Amazon
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First sentence: Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared.
The Iron Fey is one of the YA Fantasy series that I intentionally did not read. There is a lot of noise/praise about them but I was always dreading to start, because I did not like Twilight and I feared that the same thing would happen with these books.
Julie Kagawa’s style of writing is very easy to read. It’s light, and breezy with the right amount of descriptions, inner monologue, dialog, and action to make it just right. It’s surprisingly good for a first novel.
The world of Fey Julie Kagawa created, takes ideas from several different books and sources.
- They enter at the beginning through the closet (Narnia);
- One of the characters is sarcastic mysterious disappearing talking cat (Alice in Wonderland);
- There is the whole cast of characters from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Oberon, Titania, Puck, etc.
But, Julie Kagawa managed to add her touch to these characters, transfer them to an urban setting and make them unique and original.
Also, there are so many different types of creatures we will encounter here that it’s a real treat for lovers of mythological and paranormal. Be warned, Julie Kagawa has a little bit of teeth-fetish.
So why the low rating? Because The Iron King represents all of the most popular (and most used) tropes in YA books.
Story is told from the first-person point of view by Megan Chase. Her father is missing since she was a kid and she is neglected by her mother and stepfather. But then she discovers a magical world and creatures living in our world that other humans can’t see. I will not list any more cliches she represents because they would be spoilers, but there are many many more.
As for romance – of course, it has to be a triangle! One is a quirky best friend (who she never saw in that light although he is in love with her forever) and the other is a handsome bad boy & tortured hero (who of course has a soft side that is revealed just for her).
To read more in general about overused tropes in YA, here are some very good articles:
I recommend this book to all people who are looking for a typical, light ya fantasy.