Original Title: The Iron King
Year Published: 2010
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Number of Pages: 363
First Sentence: “Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
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.
I really enjoyed this book. Funnily enough, it was one of the first books I bought for my Kindle when I first got it more than 5 years ago and it was only at the end of last year that I actually picked it up and read it. (Yeah, my reviews are way behind schedule). But I’m glad I finally got to it because it was a very enjoyable read.
Since it was ages since I actually read this book, there are many things I have forgotten about it (like the name of the different characters). However, I do remember that I really enjoyed our m/c Meghan and thought that she took everything that happened in stride yet had the reactions you would expect from someone being dragged into the world of faeries. I loved that her home situation wasn’t super happy nor super depressing. It was relatively realistic and it was written in a good way.
I of course, loved Puck. He is one of my favorite mythical characters and I thought that he fit into this story really well and was written in a way that made his character feel original yet sticking to his true nature (as it is in the myths).
The plot was pretty clever and it was exciting to read. I will say that it did get somewhat slow and predictable when they entered the world of the fairies, which was interesting since the pacing had been really good and the plot felt really original.
However, I do have a feeling that I would have enjoyed it even more if I was still in my teens, rather than almost reaching my 30s. Now there were moments where I sighed and literally said “teenagers” out loud in a very condescending tone of voice.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.