This is the second book I've read whose plot involves Fae (or Fae folks of sorts). Yes, I've kept count (and veered to avoid them). See, the first book I read about Fae I absolutely hated. I had been skeptical about starting another book about Fae but I saw all the wonderful reviews The Iron King had since it debuted and I took a chance.
I'm kind of glad I did. The story revolves around Meghan Chase, a fairy-human half-breed, whose 4 year old half-brother was kidnapped by some 'thing' in Nevernever (that's where the Fae live by the way). But she's no ordinary Fae, she's the daughter of the Summer King Oberon, a mighty Fae of the Seelie Court. Anyway, she's a hot commodity since her human side can touch iron, which is fatal to full-blood Faes, and a pawn many want.
The beginning did not interest me much. In fact I felt like this book was a bit childish. Childish in the sense that it seemed catered to a much younger audience, a bit embarrassing actually. It wasn't until Meghan entered Nevernever that the story picked up and the childish prose began to dissipate. Regardless, I expected much more from the Iron King which is why I was let down a bit.
I thought Ash and Meghans relationship was established a bit too early (considering this is a book series and not a trilogy, Kagawa had enough time to wait). I wanted there to be more tension, more of a substantial foundation for a relationship, more of ANYTHING before they actually admitted to their feelings. I wanted him to remain his aloof self. Afterall, these are old Fae we're talking about, not 16 like Meghan is. But I mean, with the way Kagawa described Ash, who wouldn't jump at the chance to land a guy like that, not that I'm shallow or anything.... ;) Perhaps Kagawa has a reason for this, so we shall see in the next book. Also, I know that the majority of the fans like Ash and Meghan together but I felt like there was more reason for Puck to be thrown in the love pot (heck, I knew more about Puck than I did about Ash).
Anyway, good original plotline. Very fantastical. In fact, each character reminded me of fairy tale character. Some of the more obvious from A Midsummers Night of course (with Puck as Peter Pan and Ash as a darker version of Jack Frost)
I loved that the advancement in technology was the 'culprit'. The Environmental Science major in me felt a bit giddy haha. [SPOILER] I'm wondering now if the Machina really DID die, it wasn't stated that he in fact did die. Will we get a new antagonist? [END OF SPOILER] Ah well, I guess I'll continue on with the series (I can feel it growing on me already)
I also wanted to note that I listened to the Narnia soundtrack through most of the story, really gave it that extra oomph!”