By Julie Kagawa
Editions: ebook, paperback
Published October 23rd 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Fantasy / Urban Fantasy
Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.
That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.
Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.
Bomy’s Flutter: Really good read, greatly plotted, amazingly delivered, engaging and entertaining with lots of juicy fangirling material!
I’m probably one of the very few book bloggers alive who hasn’t read The Iron Fey series yet, despite my repeated planning to. But I did read The Immortal Rules and loved the way Julie Kagawa writes, so it made sense I’d start reading around The Iron Fey series but not the first book.
So the world of The Iron Fey was new to me, I mean entirely new since I had no idea what it was really about. And the word ‘fey’ was a big risk here, I tend to not fall for fey stories for some reason. This time, however, I was very close to 100% into the world, especially the Iron section of it, it just blew my mind how imaginative, quirky and charming it was. Seriously, I was like squirming in awe as I read about the Iron realm. Seriously, soundly, undoubtedly genius world building. I mean, the whole world of the series is genius, but the Iron section was just jaw-flapping amazing.
The characters were of the instant crush material kind for me, especially since I have a soft spot for male POV stories. Ethan was like this incredible blend of the amazing fey-fighting ninja and the hero type all merged into one sort-of-grumpy, absolutely adorable guy. I just ‘felt’ him from the first line of the book, and we never parted ways after that. He was real and easy to relate to and just got me sold 4 seconds into the read. I liked to follow him through the read as he reconsidered some things but stood by others, he was gutsy and I loved that about him.
Other characters were great too, like Kenzie, she was awesome too, no fluff about her and she made perfect sense with this ‘tough guy’, I just loved their chemistry and the vibe the two of them had when they were together.
Kierran was cool, really intriguing, like right now I’m totally still thinking about some of his reactions, and I’m looking forward to read more about him. There was a bit of the ‘What the…?’ factor about him, and after reading you’ll understand what I mean about that but I’m not giving the bomb away, lol.
But from brief, very brief appearances – and very memorable, might I add -, I can tell you that I SO want to read about Ash and Puck right now. Seriously, I need to read about them like pronto, they were that cool. Meghan was ok, but as is my good habit, the dudes in the story tend to get me more curious, main characters or not. Hey, I’m only human ok? As soon as Ash made an appearance I sighed, and let’s not even get into the whole Puck thing. Need to read about them, now. Possibly a lot about them and not so overly much about other characters, like if there’s an Encyclopedia Ash&Puck out there, that’s what I want now, lol. Moving on from this fangirling stage…
The story was really interesting, I mean so much juicy conflict it was practically exploding out of the pages, and clear tension from the very first lines of the book. This was obviously going to be a good story, you can just tell right there, first line in. And it delivered on those expectations, we’re talking a lot of action and yes, sword fighting again. I say again because it was there in The Immortal Rules and I loved it.
One thing is clear, this author can write like it’s nobody’s business. I mean if she could make me love a read about fey, for quill’s sake! Fey! I almost never like fey stories and I loved this one! Plus this is a first person narrative from a guy’s POV, Ethan’s, there’s really nothing more I could ask, lol. Awesome, awesome scene building, suggestive imagery and all senses environments, characters that have a clear and resonant voice on top of dynamic action and madness going on, feeling, drama…it just has it all. Her books are like a one stop shop for almost all good bookish things, that’s what I’m saying.
And, even if it weren’t her awesome self as author, just look at that cover & blurb! It’s a killer combo, it sells itself to you without a doubt. So curb appeal, off the chart.
All in all, this was a really good read, greatly plotted, amazingly delivered, engaging and entertaining, with lots of juicy fangirling material. So in case you haven’t read this already, you just gotta give it a try. I say it’s a must read, definitely.
Read The Iron Fey series already? On a scale from 1 to 5, how much am I going to fangirl over Ash? Because from what I saw in this book, I’m thinking a 5+, definitely. Am I right or am I right?