Meghan Chase has always felt a bit different and never fitted in but she never would have guessed who she really was. She’s the daughter of a faery king and a mortal woman and is a pawn in a war. Meghan must quickly learn more about the faery world and her place in it if she wants to save her brother and help her friends.
The Iron King is the first book in a YA fantasy series. It sets up the world and the different types of fey well but a lot of the characters aren’t that well developed and are more typical character archetypes.
I liked Robin Goodfellow (thanks to the Cal Leandros series by Rob Thurman I have an affinity for that character) though he was very brash and reckless and didn’t always seem to think of the consequences of his actions.
The otherworldly characters and creatures were all quite interesting and had vivid descriptions. Grimalkin was the most interesting as a talking cat is always fascinating and has the best lines.
A lot of aspects to the story were quite predictable as it hit the typical genre tropes – there was hints of a love triangle which is always frustrating.
I do have the three other books in the series and I may well pick them up in the near future but I didn’t really get pulled into the story so don’t feel compelled to pick up the next book immediately. I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it – if you like fairy/fantasy YA with mysterious love interests then The Iron King could be for you. 3/5.