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The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
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Dec 16, 10

bookshelves: ya, 5-star-reads, fantasy, 2010
Read from September 11 to 12, 2010

This was an amazingly great book!

It was intelligent, dark, adventurous, exciting. It had some awesome characters and the writing was so well done - you could easily envision the fantastical creatures and worlds the author described.

Of course, it had romance and of the best kind - difficult & raw, not fluffy & all-consuming. Real love is not easy and the author clearly recognizes this.

The main character - Meghan - was smart, awkward, loyal and seemed very real. Her little brother Ethan makes you just want to hug him silly.

Grimilkin made me think of the Cheshire Cat - in fact there were several parts of this book that seemed reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland (this is a compliment). The author managed to create an equally fantastic and bizarre landscape and population, make it believable yet unbelievable. The creatures & 'people' that live there are dark and twisted, demanding & cold yet due to the nature of faeries and not out of conscious malice (in most cases!) Some books make you want to live in the imagined world - that is not the case here. This world would be truly hellish if you were an outsider.

Frankly, I would love to see this as a movie - so long as it was done by the right director etc. (Tim Burton, perhaps?)

Very much looking forward to the next installment.

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