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Being part of the blogosphere means constantly hearing what authors are in trend and my TBR pile is always growing. I had heard so much about Julie Kagawa that it came to a point where I just couldn't ignore her anymore - I had to see what all the fuss was about. I was quite intimidated by it all because who wants to be the odd one out and when I started the first chapter of The Immortal Rules I was quite confused. But once I read a free sample of The Iron King I was hooked and begged for more. And when I finally found a copy I was introduced to a impressive and imaginative fantasy that I loved to pieces.
At the beginning we meet a Meghan who isn't content with her farm life where she may as well be invisible. The only person who notices her is her mischievous best friend Robbie. On her birthday I felt so bad for her, Jerk football player Scott made sure she had the worst day possible and he was a character I would happily like to see killed (maybe a tad dramatic) because he's just so vile! Thank heavens his involvement in the story is very much at a minimal, in fact he's in it for about 2 chapters at the beginning. But after that is where Meghan's story starts to get very interesting. Meghan along with her best friend Robbie who turns out to be long time faery "Puck" take off to a secret dimension of our world (that I very much liked) called The Never Never in search of her younger brother who has been swapped with a changeling faery.
Something I must commend Julie for achieving is that for me from the first page I was lured in and hooked on what appeared to be a creepy and hooking plot. I used to be quite the fantasy fan but these days I have been so hesitant to read any YA Fantasy & I just haven't come across any that have changed that opinion. That's one of the reasons I loved The Iron King because it gave me the kick to get back into a genre that Ms Kagawa proved that when well done can produce vivid scenery, enchanting characters and brilliant story lines.
I could see a love triangle forming between Meghan, Puck and Prince Ash of the winter court. I believe that both Puck and Ash were very worthy choices and while Puck was loyal, loving and funny and Ash was mysterious, handsome and cold (also a enemy of the Summer Court which Meghan belongs to). I was team Ash and half the time it didn't seem like Puck was even in the running as Meghan only had eyes for the Prince. The supporting characters were also very likeable particularly a wise cat named Grimalarkin and throughout the story the character growth with Meghan was nice.
As part of my new and improved rating system where everything is stricter (yeah it probably won't be long before of showering 5's again, but I try), I do a summarising paragraph. So here goes.. I rate Iron King 5 stars because it really was a brilliant fantasy and a series I need/want to continue. It's my favourite fantasy and by far the best i've read. As it had a few elements from "A Midsummer's Night Dream" and "Alice In Wonderland" it's something I can see fans of those enjoying. It was something I was really looking forward to reading and it certainly didn't let me down. Even if your not a big fantasy lover I encourage you to read because you will probably be pleasantly surprised.
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