I read the fourth book in Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey series, The Iron Knight, over the holidays and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you aren’t reading this YA series, and you love YA, treat yourself by picking up this series, which starts with The Iron King. In every one of the books in the series, Kagawa brings a sideways look at the familiar tales of Faerie. From conjuring up the iron fey, which is an utterly brilliant concept and executed to match, to the final book of Ash’s trials, the books go much deeper than the typical YA love triangle structure set in a future or fantastic world. Yes, there is romance, but to me, who is decidedly not a young adult, the appeal is the worldbuilding and the character development as well as the rich plots.
Kagawa does such a good job of presenting Ash’s choices and his trials in The Iron Knight and relating them back to what it means to be human that I wanted to applaud while reading (but I was staying at my mom’s and didn’t want to alarm anyone). And she’s done this in every book — nothing is easy, everything is well thought out, and decisions have consequences. Seriously, while The Hunger Games gets much-deserved attention, if you or a fantasy-loving teen you know is looking for something new, check out The Iron Fey.
Have I gushed enough? Sorry… but when I get excited about a good book I have to tell everyone.
If you’ve read it, let me know in the comments — we can share notes. I’d love to hear your thoughts.