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Girls*Heart* Books: The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa: Series Review & Giveaway

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa: Series Review & Giveaway

The Iron Fey saga follows half-human, half-faery Meghan Chase as she fights to claim her magical birthright.

Meghan’s journey begins in the mortal world, when her half-brother Ethan is kidnapped. The mission to rescue the innocent child draws Meghan into the Nevernever—the magical world—where the never-before-seen Iron fey are raining destruction upon traditional faeries. Meghan’s quest is fraught with unimagined dangers, unpredictable powers…and an utterly forbidden love.       
 Where do I begin with this amazing series? This was another that sat on my to read list for far too long before I finally had the chance to pick them up. I have to thank my lovely friend Touya from The Reader's Garden for badgering me until I was completely enthralled with just the idea of reading these books. I devoured all four volumes in a week.  Then I went and read all the novellas, (yes, out of order, sorry guys). I couldn't pause between books to see which one went where. That was last month and even with my busy reviewing schedule for the blog I am currently re-reading The Iron King.  I was already experiencing withdrawal from Julie Kagawa's brilliance. 

The Iron Fey series is written by the fantastically talented Julie Kagawa and consists of four full length novels (The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight) and three novellas (Winter's Passage, Summer's Crossing and Iron's Prophecy).  It is centered around 16-year-old Meghan Chase as she learns about her true heritage and is pulled into the Nevernever to save her brother and finds herself immersed in the surreal  landscape of the fey. 

This series is the complete package; it has everything you could possibly hope to find in a book. We have a strong willed, loyal female lead in Meghan. Ash more than fills the role of the oh-so-swoon-worthy yet deadly prince. Puck is the consummate best friend and prankster, cracking jokes while always having Meghan's back.  And of course, we cannot forget the seemingly all-knowing guide/ally, Grimaulkin, who just happens to be a cat. There are more than enough villain types to go around as well. 

This series is emotionally charged and pulses with danger and suspense. I found myself completely drawn in from the very beginning and it still hasn't let me go. Julie Kagawa has created this beautifully terrifying universe and populated it with interesting and dynamic characters that will ensnare your heart and mind. I am very glad I waited until all four books were released before reading it-honestly, I don't know how I would have survived the wait between books. I am very excited about the spin off series ( tune in later on this week for my review of The Lost Prince!) 

Do you love stories of the fey, laughing, crying, being terrified and excited all at the same time? If so, this series is tailor made for you. The Iron Fey is a powerhouse production, completely enchanting and highly addictive; I dare you to read it and not love every moment. 

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And because we love you guys, we're throwing in an impromptu giveaway! 
 


Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn't getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.


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57 comments:

  1. I've heard so many great things about this series. It's in my TBR pile!

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  2. Unfortunately I still haven't gotten around to reading these, but heard so much about them, this giveaway might just give me the opportunity.

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  3. I would so love to read this series. Unfortunately it's not available in South Africa :-)

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  4. Well, if I remember correctly this question was asked a couple months back and I named this series as my favorite fey series. I loved the descriptions, the characters, the whole world she takes you in. I got so lost in this series and it was just perfect for me. I always tell friends about it like it's the only fey series out there! :)

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  5. I haven't read this but I love how the fey are secretive and I learned a lot about them in other books:)

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  6. favorite storie about the fey... hmmm well i've always loved Holly Black's Tithe... or the Wicked lovely series... but I just finished reading Ironskin and it was amazing. she portrayed the fey very differently than i'm use to. they didn't have physical bodies, if they wanted one they had to kill to get it.

    smp0804@hotmail.com

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  7. adding this series to my tbr list, but have only read 2 other series w/ fey, that being the fever series by k.m.m. and the merry gentry series by l.k.h., loved them both, but fever did it for me because of barrons ;)

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  8. The only other story I can think of now that I have read that had faires was in the Sookie stackhouse series. The faires in that book were pretty cool how they have off this smell that vampires found addicting, almost irrestiable and there blood was a powerful drug. Awesome giveaway adding these books to my tbr pile, thanks :)

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  9. I have read only one book about feys (Wicked lovely) so I don't have lots of options about them. I loved that book, and I've read this series are amazing. Can't wait to read all of these books.

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  10. I haven't read the series, but I expect it to be really good!

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  11. The first was always the most magical to me!

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  12. I've read the first three books and i'm excited to get my hands on the 4th. It's nice to pick up a book like this and forget my problems!

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  13. I haven't read many books about the fey, and the only one that pops up in my mind right now is Lament by Maggie Stiefvater. I really liked that one, but I'd love to read more books about the fey so that I have something to compare with. :)

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  14. hahaaha this contest is sooo exciting!!! and i totally love all the iron fey books!!!

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  15. I haven´t read these books, but I´m looking forward to reading them and have them in my heart!!! the reviews are great, so I want them!!!
    I have read The Fever series, many fey books, and I want to add these!!!

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  16. I have not read the series but I have heard many great things and I just had to add in to my to read list :)

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  17. I actually read The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa and I must say, it was awesome. I have been dying to read her Iron Fae series and I can't wait to win!

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  18. I have enjoyed all the ones I have read so far they have been amazing. I don't have a favorite one its to hard to choose.She is an amazing writer and I just can get enough of her books.A wonderful series so far.

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  19. I would love to read these. I really haven't read many except the Sookie Stackhouse series.

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  20. The Fever Series and Wicked Lovely Series are other fae books I have read. They were both really good.

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  21. I heard good things about this series and it is on my TBR pile. Thanks for the review!

    Rinib2 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  23. I too had this series in my tbr list for a long time. This series was finally available at my local library, so I picked up The Iron King and loved it! I am currently reading The Iron Daughter. Very good series!!!

    A couple of my Fey favorites is The Wicked Lovely series and the Dark Fever series. I'm a sucker for romance books, especially when it's a paranormal romance.

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  24. I would so love to win these! I read THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa and it was incredible. The Iron Fey has been on my TBR forever, they just never have the first book in at my library.

    I haven't read many fairy/faerie/fey stories yet, but the WICKED LOVELY series by Melissa Marr and WINGS by Aprilynne Pike were good. The thing I like is the dark playfulness and trickery involved with the fey. Oh, and I REALLY like the fey in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS -- gotta love the queen of the Seeley Court. And Holly Black's fairy series is supposed to be good too but I haven't had a chance to read that one either.

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  25. It has been a really long time since I have read a book about faeries, but the one that comes to mind, is Wicked Lovely series. I really liked that series. My friend keeps telling me how good the Iron Fey books are and I am dying to read them!!!

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  26. Hmm.. I've read too many to name a favorite. I haven't read this one and can't wait to read it!

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  27. These are my to read list, i have been wantig to read them:) Thank you for the chance. I really like Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovly stories:) they were really good :)

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  28. I read a lot of books about the fey and, to be honest, it is difficult to choose a favorite. "Memory's Wake" by Selina Fenech is a good one, as is "My Dead Boyfriend" by Barbara Mack. There are loads more I could name though!

    I love the magic and the otherworldliness of the story-lines. I am a fan of paranormal stories. (I even have a blog about fairies.)

    ~Rebecca Fyfe
    Rebecca at Fyfe dot net

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  29. I've read the first 3 and I can't wait to read the 4th one. Yay!

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  30. I am in love with the Iron Fey series; my favorite book is probably The Iron Knight, simply because I loved finally getting into Ash's head like that. Julie has an incredible talent for blending humor, romance, action and angst. I just got a copy of The Iron Legends from the library, and I'm loving it! I can't wait for the new series!

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    1. Oh Kaye, you're going to LOVE the new series!! I finished Lost Prince in a day and am dying for the next book already. By the way, Lana & I cannot wait for 'Brightly' :)

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  31. I love the artwork for these books, draws your attention nicely

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  32. Looking forward to reading these! My other series that I love about fairies is Holly Black's Tithe series :)

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  33. Haven't read them yet but I would love to. The covers are Gorg!!!!!!

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  34. I haven't read them yet, so I don't have a fave story! But they have been on my TBR list for a while now. Thanks!

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  35. I have only read the first one so far, in fact I just finished it last week, so I don't have a lot of stories to choose from, but I did enjoy that it took different "fairy tales" and mixed them up to make an entirely new story. In fact, to answer the second question, that's what makes it different. Can't wait to read the others!

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  36. I love Ash and Puck to death, their past is so interesting. Meghan honestly annoys me at times, but I like her too.
    Being an "otaku" myself, I love how Ms. Kagawa throws in some Japanese related terms in there, it makes me so excited to read them and KNOW what she's talking about.

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  37. My favorite Fey series would probably have to be the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. And I'm about to order her new book, Iced!

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  38. I don't have a favorite story about fairies... I hope to read this series soon to see if this is it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. I would so love to read this series. it looks really interesting!

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  40. Heard a lot of these books and have them on ny tbr list.

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  41. I have yet to read this series, but by following your blog and review, I'm looking forward to reading them.

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  42. My favourite stories about fey are The Meredith Gentry series because I enjoyed the story from the first page of the first book. I haven't really read many others about fey type folks.

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  43. I am still searching for my favorite story about the Fey. Maybe this series will be it. I have enjoyed the lore for a while and like reading about them in the MI series and in series like Glimmerglass.

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  44. I haven't actually read any Fey books yet! I was hoping to start with this series! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. :D

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  45. My favorite fey series is Wings by Aprilynne Pike. I love that it includes a lot of romance.

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  46. I havent read this set yet but I would love to

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  47. I loved the first book but I haven't had a chance to read the others. Looking forward to getting caught up. Thanx for the giveaway!! Good luck everyone! :)

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  48. I can't actually post a good comment cause I haven't read the series yet. I do have 2 of the hardbacks though and I have yet to purchase the rest. So I can't say what my favorite part is and I can't say what sets it apart from other fey books :(

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  49. I love Puck's character, he brings lots of comic relief to some tense situations. What sets it apart from other series is that there are so many stories to tell about the characters that this series could be never ending with all the spin off possiblites.

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  50. I really like this Iron Fey series as well as the Storm Born series by Richelle Mead. I love how they both have different takes on what Fey powers are and how they interact with iron. Either way, both series get my top approval for Fey books!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. I love Aprillyne Pike's Wings Series about the fae. It is unique and different on the spin of the fae. I love it!!

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  52. I have not actually read any books about feys yet so I really need to win this series so I can correct it. They sound amazing!

    Thanks so much for offering us the opportunity to win this set.

    Happy Holidays,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  53. Wings.

    I really liked the first book, and it's pretty much the only Fey book I've read, but I want to try out more! :)

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  54. I have all of the books so I didn't enter I'm just stopping buy to show some support and to say goodvluvk to all who entered. Great review I love this series.

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  55. I haven't read this but I love how the fey are secretive and I learned a lot about them in other books:)

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  56. My favorite fey story is Richelle Meads Dark Swan series. What sets it apart from other stories is the unique fey world with four kingdoms where each kingdom has a completely different landscape that changes with the owners desire. The fey also have some amazing abilities in the dark swan series and it really makes me wish I had special powers!

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