The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Challenge 7 ~ “A book with non-human characters.”

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Judging from the reviews I’ve seen on Goodreads, this book has been a bit like marmite – some love it and some hate it. And from reading it, I can definitely see both points of view.

The beginning was immediately grabbing, whisking you away from contemporary high school America to the Nevernever, before immersing you in the strange and abnormal world of the fey. Adventure followed closely with some well-written plot-lines, carefully balanced with a host of well-formed characters.

But once the initial rush was over, plot development was slow and nothing note-worthy seemed to happen. For 2 or 3 chapters the going was rather difficult and it was easy to see how discontent was born – after a promising start it began to seem as if that was all the plot, action and engaging writing over and done with! However I can assure you the perseverance pays off, and once again you’re rushed into action, adventure and thrill with an unceasing barrage of twists, turns and skilfully crafted scenes that guide you right up to the final page.

This is a young-adult fantasy novel I would wholly recommend reading, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t normally read books with faeries, magic or other-worldly beasts. There’s adventure, magic, mystery and romance, so what’s to lose? You might, like me, find another series to devour read.

Recommended for fans of:

  • The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson
  • The Keys to the Kingdom Series by Garth Nix
  • Virals by Kathy Reichs
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