Monday, 3 September 2012

Series Review: The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa


Title: The Iron Fey Series (The Iron King #1, The Iron Daughter #2, The Iron Queen #3, The Iron Knight #4)
Author: Julie Kagawa 
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN 
Summary: The Faery realms have always weathered the clash of Summer and Winter fey, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Now a new breed of faery has emerged to challenge both... to their peril. Forged by Man's insatiable pursuit of technological superiority, the terrifying Iron fey are massing...and the fate of all faeries hangs in the balance. The greatest weapon in this epic magical war? A half-human teenage girl. 

I read and reviewed The Iron King a few months back and enjoyed it well enough, but for some reason never got around to picking up the next book in the series. Until recently that is. I think part of the reason why I didn't dive right into this series is that I knew once I picked up the second book I wouldn't be able to stop until I had read them all. And I was right. Over the course of a few days I finished The Iron Fey Series; reading the books voraciously and  getting completely lost in the amazing characters and world that Julie Kagawa penned.  

This series goes from strength to strength as the reader is taken on a multitude of journeys through the Nevernever. Throughout these four books we are introduced to many a suspicious and nefarious character, and inevitably fall more in like with half-faery Meghan Chase, her best friend and legendary literary character Puck, and the dark, troubled, and tortured Winter prince Ash. 

I grew very attached to Meghan throughout the series, which is a testament to Kagawa's ability to write a strong, realistic and relatable female character. Meghan developed so much from the first to the last book.  I was legitimately sad during the last book, as it wasn't in her POV and I had gotten so invested in her story by that point. Even though I missed hearing from Meghan in the final book, it was good to get Ash's perspective on things, and I really loved that we learnt more about his back story, and were given a sense of how cruel and dark the fae truly are. A major plus in my book for this series is that Kagawa hasn't tried to make these creatures too good, but has stayed true to their dark side and wicked predilections. 

The Iron Fey Series is the kind of fantasy that gets me excited to read books in this genre. Similar to the  Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta, in that this is a book that has the perfect balance of adventure, romance, and coming-of-age, although it does lack some of the gritty realism and complex plotting that is ever present in Marchetta's writing. The Iron Fey Series is a brilliantly written, engrossing, and vivid read that sets the (high) standard for YA faery novels.

Recommended for: people who love world-building, fairies, conniving cats, perilous quests, lovable larrikins, dark princes and strong heroines. 

Have you read this series? 
What did you think about it? 


  1. I've heard of this series! And since there's so much hype going around, I'm not really sure to read it. :/ But if anytime I do, I'll tell you what I feel about it! Thanks for the wonderful overview of the series. :)

    1. I would love to hear your thoughts if you read it!! I'm always a bit wary of books that have a lot of hype too.

  2. I haven't read this series yet, but I will be starting it shortly. I am a bit worried because of the hype and the fact that faeries haven't worked out so great for me so far, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Kagawa will change that. I just read her Immortal Rules and loved it. Lovely review! :)

    1. Yeah I was the same before reading these. I had tried one faery book before and really disliked it. So I wasn't really excited about giving these books a try. In the end I was glad I did! Kagawa is such a solid writer. I've gotta get around to reading Immortal Rules!!! It's on my TBR pile.
      Thanks :)

  3. Great review! I like how you combined them all into one review. I really liked this series. It's easy to read, there are some great characters (Grimalkin :D) and humor. I was pleasantly surprised by the constant quality of the books. I never felt like one stood out, they were all pretty good. But her Immortal Rules really blew me away! <3 You should try that one soon.

    1. Thanks! Grimalkin was definitely one of my favourite characters. I'm still so confused about him though! I agree that one didn't really stood out as better than others, although I did like The Iron Queen for the sheer amount of Meghan-Puck-Ash interaction.

      I will start the Immortal Rules soon! I got it from the library a few weeks ago, but before I could properly get into it I had to return it. But I'm grabbing another copy of it this week. So fingers crossed!


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