I enjoyed studying mythology (of all kinds) in my high school years, and so I love novels that incorporate mythology – of any kind – into the plot. I was intrigued when I read the description of The Iron King, by Julie Kagawa, and so I downloaded the audiobook and started listening to it on a trip this weekend.
Here’s the description off of Goodreads:
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.
The characters, I felt, came alive in my mind as I was listening along to Khristine Hvam as she narrated. She was fantastic. The voices she used and the way she read the scenes only enhanced the story, which is what an excellent narrator is supposed to do.
I enjoyed the way the story unfolded, and I really found myself really picturing the characters, human and faery alike. Irish mythology has a special place in my heart, so I recognized a lot of the characters in the fae world that Meghan travels through. I thought the Iron Fey a very interesting idea (you’ll have to read the book to really get what I’m talking about – I won’t give away too much of the plot!)
The romance was there between Meghan and Ash – a faery prince – and though the whole forbidden love device is widely used, I didn’t dislike the way she used it. The main, overarching story is the one of an older sister searching for her stolen younger brother, the one person who hadn’t made her sometimes feel as if she didn’t belong, and doing anything for her family. Many people can relate to this girl’s love for her younger sibling, and I was aching for Meghan to find him and bring him home.
This really was an excellent book, read very well in audiobook form, but I would recommend picking it up in any form. It’s meant for young adults (the main character turns 16 at the beginning of the book) but I still enjoyed it.