Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Guest Review: Sara @ The Page Sage: The Iron King

Here is a review for The Iron King by Julie Kagawa from my friend Sara @ The Page Sage
All Meghan wanted to do was get her driver’s license and escape her small town, but that was before her brother, Ethan, was kidnapped. In order to save him, she’ll have to go with her best friend into the Nevernever, a fantastical land full of dangers. It’s a world  of powerful kings, conniving creatures, and treacherous deals, and Meghan will be lucky to make it out alive, let alone with her brother.

After reading The Iron King, I understand why this series has such a huge following. Kagawa’s writing style is addictive, and Meghan is an admirable heroine. She’s devoted to her brother (loyalty to siblings is always a plus), and she’s brave in an honest way (she admits to being scared, but doesn’t let her fears stop her).

Another amazing aspect of this book is the world-building. I’m not sure I can get across how absolutely astounding it is. I could picture every detail of the Faeryland and it is equal parts enchanting, horrendous, lovely, and terrifying. All of it, the creatures, the forests, the politics, is perfectly clear and without lengthy descriptions of the setting. The world-building is easily what I enjoyed most about the book because I couldn’t wait to get back to reading and see what other surprises the Nevernever had in store!

However, at this point in the series, I am not a fan of Ash. I don’t like love triangles (and this first book reeks of a love-triangle-to-be) and I do not like insta-love. From Meghan’s first glimpses of Ash to when she’s actually in his company, there’s really no development of their relationship. It feels rushed and Ash is one-dimensional. I would have much preferred if there had to be a romantic arc if Puck (her best friend) had been the sole love interest.

Will this keep me from continuing the rest of the series? Not a chance. I’m utterly intrigued by where this plot will go next, as Kagawa has planted a lot of plot seeds that will, in all likelihood, grow during the next few books. There’s a definite guarantee of more action, if the first book was any indication, and despite the insta-love, Meghan is an awesome protagonist. I can’t wait to read The Iron Daughter!

For more of Sara's review go here:  http://thepagesage.blogspot.com/

Thanks soo much for guest reviewing Sara!! If you are interesting in a guest review contact me!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me, Amanda! (:

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  2. Yeah, I didn't really like Ash either. All of my Goodreads friends were practically dropping at his feet, but I didn't find anything remotely appealing about him. Especially since they have instant connection. :/

    It's even more annoying in The Iron Daughter, trust me.

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  3. reading the spin off/ you ;ll like her brother

    gr8 review

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  4. I want to read this one so bad! must wonder over to book store when extra cash is available!

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  6. This has been on my TBR for a while but it may have just gotten removed... So much insta-love recently! I'll save it for when I'm feeling tolerant...

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Thanks Amanda

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