The Iron King

The Iron King
Tenth Anniversary Special Edition
The Iron Fey Book One
Written by Julie Kagawa
Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance, Faeries
464 Pages
Published June 15th 2020
Thank you to Harlequin Australia
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★★★★

My name is Meghan Chase.


In less than twenty four hours, I'll be sixteen. Countless stories, songs and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset.


I don't think it will be that way for me.


Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan Chase's life, ever since her father disappeared when she was six. Ten years later, when her little brother also goes missing, Meghan learns the truth, she is the secret daughter of a mythical faery king and a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she loves, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


Enter a fantastical world of dangerous faeries, wicked princes and one half human girl who discovers her entire life is a lie. This special edition of The Iron King includes the bonus novella Winter's Passage and an exclusive excerpt from the new Iron Fey book, The Iron Raven.

Meghan Chase is on the threshold of her sixteenth birthday, celebrating the milestone without her father who disappeared ten years ago. Her mother has since remarried and although Meghan cherishes her brother Ethan, her relationship with her stepfather is another story. Luckily she always has her best friend Robbie to depend on when her brother Ethan is captured and taken into the Faery Realm, replaced by a angry, destructive Changling. Of course Meghan's life isn't that simple when she learns that her best friend is actually Robin Goodfellow, a faery who has taken his position of watching over the almost sixteen year old very seriously. Danger is afoot my friends and Meghan is about to discover why you never bargain in the Faery Realm.

Meghan Chase is a wonderful young woman, intelligent and takes the Faery realm in her stride. Whether it's the trauma of her brother being taken or if she's incredibly adaptable, she's a young woman on a mission to retrieve her brother. 

The Faery Realm is an intricate society of segregated communities. Assisted by Grimalkin, an intelligent and machiavellian feline, Meghan discovers that she is the estranged daughter of the Summer Court King, a renowned and esteemed monarch, Meaghan becomes a commodity within the tentative alliance between the Summer and Winter Courts. Prince Ashallayn of the Summer Court is intrigued by Meghan's arrival and reluctantly agrees to assist her across the Nevernever to retrieve her brother in exchange for her freedom once Ethan has been rescued. 


The attraction between Meghan and Prince Ashallayn is smouldering, a Montague and Capulet romance between monarchs destined to reign and carry the burden of their respective kingdoms. Robin Goodfellow and Prince Ashallayn are adversaries, long before the emergence of the estranged Princess. The group dynamic is intensely exhilarating and along with feline companion Grimalkin, journey to find the Iron King who is believed to be holding Ethan.


The communities of the Nevernever are vibrant, intricate and terrifying, living amongst a beautifully imagined landscape of kingdoms, dark forests and antarctic environments. The Iron King is wonderfully atmospheric. The forest of the Nevernever is decaying, displacing many creatures and members of the isolated and ostracised faery communities. The Iron King absorbing the environment is symbolism for our urban cities, deforestation and a reminder of the importance of sustainability and environmentalism. 


The Iron King is a whirlwind adventure, a sizzling romance and an enchanting narrative of family and the ties that bind us.

10 comments

  1. I was so obsessed with these books back when. Kagawa created quite an incredible world here, and I am excited we are getting more books. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. We are! I can't wait to continue on with the series, I was completely spellbound.

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  2. Ooh Kagawa- I've been wanting to read her! I love a good story set in the Faery reals as well. There are just so may possibilities there, and the mysticalness of it. I know that's not a word, but... :) I even like the names mentioned, which sounds funny probably but in a story like this, the names matter! I love the sound of the Nevernever.

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    1. I begun with her Vampire series, The Immortal Rules and absolutely loved it. Both series are amazing and she's continuing her faery installments! So exciting!

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  3. This is an author I've been wanting to try for ages. Her worldbuilding always sounds so incredible and I love that this story has adventure, romance, and such a strong sense of family to it. Sounds like an amazing read.

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    1. She's phenomenal Suzanne. I begun with her Immortal Rules series and she quickly became one of my favourite authors. You'll really enjoy this one, would love to see what you think of it!

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  4. This worldbuilding sounds so fantastic!!

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    1. It's brilliant Verushka, one of my favourite aspects of her writing.

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  5. This is one of my favorite series ever and I've been wanting to reread it for so long! Hopefully I can get to this series this year :)

    Tasya // The Literary Huntress

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    1. I read the first book years and years ago, when I first returned to reading and I didn't appreciate it then but rereading, I absolutely loved it.

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