The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa
The Skinny: Meghan Chase is half faery, something she discovers when her younger half-brother is taken, her best friend Robby turns out to be Robin Goodfellow (from the Shakespeare play), and her true father turns out to be Oberon, King of the Summer Fae (and also from the play). Meghan is forced to enter the faery world, which is being ravaged by the mysterious Iron Fey, and, with the help of Puck (or Robby) and the youngest prince of the Winter Fey, Ash, she must decide her fate and help to save her new found home from destruction.
I think that about sums this series up.
BFF?: Okay, the BFF section is going to be split tri-fold, since there really are 3 main characters.
Meghan, to me, was a roller coaster of liking. At first I really didn’t like her; she was rough around the edges, not my type of BFF. But then I genuinely felt for her, but I also rolled my eyes at her. Then enter the sudden drop of the coaster when she shocked the crap out of me. She became kind of bad ass. Meghan still had her moments of whineyness, as do all teenagers, but I really began to like her and watch her development. She was still rough, she still wasn’t my type of BFF, but she was interesting to read.
Which brings us to Puck. I had a hard time with him to be honest. I thought he was an excellent friend for Meghan, balancing her whateverness that irked me with his loyalty and mischievousness. But then he had to go and have this huge crush on Meghan which just annoyed me.
But then there was Ash, the greatest roller coaster of the bunch. I think I managed to hate him and love him in every book. Don’t get me wrong, he was dead sexy at some points, but he was just so bland and serious. When I got to Iron Knight, which is told from his point of view, I just couldn’t get behind him and cheer him on. Which I really hate… because did I mention he’s dead sexy?
Readability: Since the Iron Fey series is written in 1st person, it’s pretty easy to get into and read. What got increasingly difficult was all the world building and descriptions. I guess if you’re familiar with all the faery creatures it might not be as bad, but as I’m not I really had a hard time visualizing the world and often found myself scan-reading.
Crush Level: 7
As I mentioned before, I really had difficulties with Ash. Luckily for him, sullen, serious, overprotective men are my cup of tea. Because that’s exactly what he was. With each book my “desire” (can you desire a character? please tell me you know what I mean by this) for him grew, even when I really hated him. But, like with every good sullen, serious, and overprotective literary male character, they love very deeply. Which I think is what drew me to Ash – it wasn’t just teen puppy love or a “you’re so pretty” kind of love… it was deep. And perfect. And why couldn’t he have fallen for me?
Bonus Points: Books Copied: I don’t know if anyone else picked up on this, but there were so many scenes in this series that were either “copied” or “borrowed” from other books or shows that it made me feel completely nerdy and say “OMG that’s from ____”
Commencement Speech: I was a bit hesitant to get into this series, mostly because my impression of fairies is Tinkerbell. Clearly, I couldn’t be farther from the truth. I loved the fact that Kagawa took the characters from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and used them as the basis for her series, adding her own unique twists to it. I had forgotten this side of faerie lore – the kind that is sneaking and conniving, beautifully dangerous. While I was a little put off by Meghan at first, she grew on me and I really became wrapped up in her story. There was heartbreak and suspense, action of the best kind, romance that made your toes curl… all the good things I like in my series.
Yearbook Quotes: “My, aren’t we bossy today. Give a girl an army and it goes straight to her head.”
“One more thing,” Ash said in his dangerous, soft voice as we turned away. “If you do not return with her,” Ash continued, staring him down, “if she comes to any harm while she is with you, I will turn this entire camp into a bloodbath. That is my promise, lieutenant.”
“No! Bad Wraith! No touchie!”
“And why do you always pop up when you’re not wanted? You got your payment. Why are you still following me?”
“You are amusing,” purred Grimalkin.”
“…his long life gave him a vast knowledge of lengthy, complicated words he staggered me with in Scrabble. Though sometimes we’d end up debating whether or not faery terms like Gwragedd Annwn and hobyahs were legal to use.”
Superlatives – Most Likely to NOT be a good substitute for reading your Shakespeare
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