The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (2010)

“Careful, human,” Grumalkin appeared on the corner of the stage, overshadowed by the dead chimera. “Do not lose your heart to a faery prince. It never ends well” (p 178).

the_iron_king_coverMy parade of light fare continues.The Iron King is a breezy read about a young girl who learns, upon her 16th birthday, she is part fae. Meagan Chase spends most of her time hanging out with Robbie, her best friend, crushes on a football player, and deals with her 4-year-old brother, Ethan.

Then Ethan is replaced by a changling and Robbie takes her to Nevernever, the faery realm, where he is revealed to be Puck, the trickster character popularized by Shakespeare. Tossed into the Seelie Court, she discovers she is the daughter of Oberon, powerful but untapped. Most importantly and unlike the other fae, she is uneffected by iron.

Enter the Unseelie Court Prince. An attack. An escape. Deals made with a clever cat whose intentions are unknown. Some familiar tropes, instantanous appeal, a love triangle. All in all, a quick, adventurous read.

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