Monday, June 30, 2014

Sloppy Seconds #6: The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

Welcome to Sloppy Seconds which is monthly feature hosted by myself and Teresa of Readers Live A Thousand Lives. Sloppy Seconds is a feature in which Teresa and I buddy re-read some of our very favorite books and then post our thoughts and feels. So sit back, relax, grab a glass of wine, and re-live some great reads with us!

Title:  The Iron King
(The Iron Fey #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: February 1, 2010

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Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, 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.


**spoilers ahead**

Teresa Mary Rose
Wifey, I am so glad we decided to re-read this one! It was such a fabulous choice on our part! Do you remember the excitement when we first decided?

Michele Belle
Such a great pick!  I do!  We were so excited... and we have the texts to prove it!  Lol

Teresa Mary Rose
Yes we do! And look... here they are!

We were so ready to dive back into the world and get back to each of our lovers! What I love about this book is that we both love different guys but that we both still adore it and can share our love of it!

Michele Belle
It was so much fun and, dare I say, even better the second time around.  Now, I am a Puck girl through and through; and while that didn't change, my feelings for Ash on this re-read definitely did.  I liked him so much more this time!  I was so focused on certain things with my first read that I feel as though I missed some amazing details and characters.  This time I was able to soak it all in, and it was magical!

Teresa Mary Rose
I would agree with you that the second time around was even better! It was just so wonderful going back to this world and re-living how it all began. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to hear that you enjoyed Ash more this time around! I fell hard for him early on- I have no clue why- I just did. However, while I am an Ash girl 100%, I do absolutely love Puck! He is just so funny and witty and he has some of THE BEST lines ever! I also absolutely loved going back to this Meghan! She is such a strong character, even when everyone else around her has like crazy superpowers and I love that!

Michele Belle
Well, Wifey, I'm happy to be the bearer of the warm and fuzzies!  Honestly, those two guys are so much fun to read about it.  Especially having completed the series and knowing how things turn out -- it just made me relax and truly enjoy the whole story.  Ahhh, Meghan.  I love her dearly. When I read "My name is Meghan Chase,” I blubbered like a tiny baby.  I don't think I realized how much I truly missed being in this amazing world Kagawa created.

You are spot-on.  It wasn't easy for Meghan, but she really pulled through.  So, you know how people ship different love interests?  I ship a friendship for Meghan.  Having completed the Mortal Instruments series recently, I recognized some similarities between Clary Fray and Meghan Chase.  I think those two are kindred spirits and would be the very best of friends!  They both have talented, artistic moms who hid their true selves from them and kept secrets about their fathers.  Just think of the conversations between those two feisty heroines!!  And when they start comparing hot boyfriends... Holy Fey meets Nephilim!

Teresa Mary Rose
Those two are just wonderful! I adore their relationship... mostly because it is so complicated. They clearly care about one another, but their past makes for some sticky situations. It really isn't easy on either one of them and I love how it all turns out in the end.

Isn't it wonderful when a book can affect you like that? This world is truly magical and Kagawa did such a fantastic job building it. She made us both fall in love with it. And I love how she made Meghan so strong but still fragile. I can totally get on board with this ship! Meghan and Clary do have a good amount in common and I think they would get along wonderfully.

While on the Meghan is awesome topic, can we talk about how much I love that it was her who saved the day in the end and not Ash or Puck?!?! I just loved that it was the heroine who shined.

Michele Belle
Absolutely!  And I love that they have this whole history and how it reveals itself slowly.  It's heartbreaking and fascinating.  

Oh yes, one of my favorite aspects of the series is Meghan's bravery and tenacity.  I loved that she was so willing to make an incredibly selfless deal in order to gain the assistance she thought she needed on her journey... only in the end to find the strength within herself and ultimately save herself and those she loved.

Teresa Mary Rose
Oh I am glad you mentioned that! I too love how everything is built up slowly over the course of this series, but that it still reads fast and is action packed!

You said everything I wanted to say but just so much better than I ever could haha. You nailed it! That is Meghan and exactly what I love about her. She goes through so much for her brother! It just breaks my heart what she had to endure, but I loved watching her find her own strength. 

I think we need to discuss Ethan now… especially now that we have read some of his books.

Michele Belle
Oh yes -- so much action!  This is edge-of-your-seat-stuff right here!  You can forget "I'm going to go to bed as soon as I reach the end of this chapter."  HA!  Ms. Kagawa is the queen of chapter cliffies.  Each one ends on such a suspenseful, climactic note that you can forget sleep -- you have to keep going until your reach the last page... which will then have you reaching for the next book.  It's a beautiful and delicious kind of evil. 

No, you say it perfectly!  I was just reiterating lol.  I wholeheartedly agree -- it's gut-wrenching how she suffers over her brother.  And YES -- we definitely need to discuss this amazing brother of hers.  Now that we know the grown-up -- and let's be honest -- sullen Ethan, I loved seeing him again as a sweet little kiddo.  He's so adorable, and you really see exactly what changed him into the person he is today.

Teresa Mary Rose
Yeah-- there is no putting this book down! Even reading it the second time, you are still as hooked as ever. It is the kind of book that keeps you saying "just one more chapter" until you reach the end of the book. I had actually forgotten a good amount of the story. I remembered the bigger things, but there was a lot I had forgotten about so that made the re-read even more fun for me.

*sigh* Sadly the grown up Ethan is just so depressing. He actually makes me mad sometimes. I didn't realize how much I missed little and sweet Ethan. But with the re-read you can see it all now. You notice at the end of the book how withdrawn he is and that his time in the Nevernever really changed him. Sadly, you can see that those changes started at a very young age.

Michele Belle
Exactly -- and several secondary characters that I had blanked on.  I loved re-discovering them!  Just immersing myself in the magic of the Nevernever and all the creatures whose paths our favorite heroes cross -- this is a book that just requires a re-read... and another, and another... 

It's true.  He really breaks my heart, but especially now that we've been reminded of the why and the how.  It killed my soul at the end -- he was so solemn and scared.  I just wanted to give him all the hugs.  When he whispers "I won’t forget."  Egads.  Just stick a fork in me... I'm done.

And while on the subject of heartbreak... there's a memory that Meghan has to give up to the oracle in exchange for some much needed answers.  It absolutely breaks my heart and is very hard for me to read.  The reactions of both Ash and Puck in that moment truly magnify the severity of what she's doing for Ethan -- it is such a great sacrifice she makes, and it makes me love Meghan even more.  I'd love to know your feelings on that particular moment.

Teresa Mary Rose
Yes! To all of that! This book deserves all the re-reads! It is just so engaging and simply amazing.

I think I have more appreciation for Ethan now that I have gone back to the beginning. I can see it and I am really excited for his next book now (especially with the ending to the last book). I remember you saying you were not sure if you would be finishing that series. Does that still hold true? 

I'm glad you brought that up! That is actually one of the moments I had forgotten about. That scene hurts... especially because you can see through Ash and Puck how serious it is. Meghan treats it kinda flippantly, but Ash and Puck's reactions truly show its severity. I love that scene, not because it is a good thing for Meghan but because it is so well done! We never really know what memory she gave up, at least not until the very end, and even then we have to guess. I had forgotten what memory she gave up, so when I re-figured it out; it hurt my soul all over again. It is a wonderful scene.

Michele Belle
Funny you should ask... I've been pondering that now that we've had this re-read. I struggled to get into most of the story of The Iron Traitor, and the ending simply ticked me off.  Usually when I decide not to continue with a series, there's no changing my mind (you know my stubborn streak).  Revisiting The Iron King has rekindled my obsession with this world, and it's given me a better understanding of Ethan's actions.  I'm seriously wavering now. 

It truly does -- just heart-breaking.  When she would go through her list of people, one particular person was always left off so I knew that had to be who she gave up.  And then at the end when her mom mentions this person and Meghan's thoughts confirm it -- I just found it to be devastating.  I knew you'd share my hurt... now hold me *sniffles* 

You and I are not cat people.  At all.  Canines for the win.  We discovered this early on in our friendship.  BUT.  I think there is one cat you and I can make a definite exception for.  Grimalkin.  Ohmygosh, I love that snarky feline!!  He is one of my most favorite characters!!  Give me your best Grim moment!

Teresa Mary Rose
I know I enjoyed it more than you and the ending didn't make me mad - it was more WHAT? NEXT BOOK PLEASE! But I remember you being seriously miffed and I know you never change your mind but I still wondered if this could change your mind. How about this... I shall read it and inform you if I think it is necessary for you to finish the series?

*holds you* Yes... It absolutely killed me once we figure out who it is she was forgetting. It was one of the moments that showed how truly cruel the fey can be.

PUPPIES! YES! Oh how I love Grim! He is such a little pain in the ass, but always around when you need him. He is wonderful. My favorite Grim moment? Hmmm that is tough.. I think it is when he shows up at the end basically asking why they took the long way... I'm not sure why, but I just find that so funny. That poor Meghan and Ash almost died and then POOF oh look its Grim. Also, another Nephilim/ Fey crossover, I think Grim and Church could be BFF's.

Michele Belle
I like this idea very much!  You're so smart! You know, once upon a time, I wasn't bothered by cliffhangers -- but now they just cheese me off.  And that was one helluva cliffhanger!  I still want to be mad about it, but I can't stay mad at one of my favorite authors or her incredible characters.  You read first, and I'll follow your lead. 

*snuggles in*  Oh, I like the way you put that!  I completely agree; they are not all fun and games or harmless tricksters -- they can be cruel and heartless! 

He's just amazing!  And that part is hilarious!  I think mine would be the "I am a cat."  The fact that that explains everything amuses me greatly.  Ooooh, yes!  Though maybe "frenemies" would be more like it.  I can see them trying to out-do and out-snark each other on a daily basis.  All these amazing cross-over opportunities!  Hey, Julie and Cassie!!  Can we make this happen??  Pretty please??

Teresa Mary Rose
Cliffhangers and I... we have a love-hate relationship. Sometimes we get along and sometimes they make me bananas. You are right though... that was a CRUEL cliffhanger. I shall read first and be the guinea pig on this one.

Yes they can! Which oddly enough, is one of my favorite things about the book. That the fey are so beautiful and fun but also very very cruel.

Ahh yes! That is so funny! I love that too. OMG Wifey! I think I would fall over if Julie and Cassie ever got together to write a book and now THIS IS ALL I WANT. I must find a genie and use one of my wishes for that book. MY GOSH!

Michele Belle
Yes, I like this plan!

And do you find yourself wondering if you'd be strong enough to withstand their charm or the lure of the music?  I like to think so, but then I realize -- nah, I'd be the one dancing myself to death or consuming a whole basket of summerpods.  But what a way to go!  LMAO

Right? I beg the book powers that be, let this collaboration happen!

I want to talk about the imagery in this book -- the whole series...  it's brilliant!  It's so easy to get lost in the pages of this story and visualize every detail because Julie Kagawa is a writing genius.  Whether it's the Summer Court, the Winter Court, or the Iron Kingdom... I felt like I was living every moment and taking every step alongside these characters.  You truly feel every element described!  And how scary was that acid rain??  Was there one particular thing that gave you the willies?

Teresa Mary Rose
I wonder these things all the time and I would be right there dancing alongside you. I doubt I would be strong enough!

OMG yes! The imagery is amazing! It is so so so easy to visualize this world. Like I said, Julie is a master at creating worlds. She not only creates unique worlds, but she also does a fantastic job describing them. The acid rain is horrifying! But I always love that Meghan goes to reach out to test it. Just spotlights her curious and daring personality haha. And yes there is one thing that makes me shudder.... the stupid little bugs that the Iron Fey implant on others. Those things make me cringe because one they remind me of spiders and two just the thought of a bug latching on to me--- ugh no thank you!

Michele Belle
At least we'll go together...

Indeed, she is the master!  YES -- I adore that moment -- that would so be me.  And the look Ash gives her as he pulls her hand back -- love it!  I was not a fan of the rain or the bugs.  There were a lot of things I'd wish to avoid if I find myself in the Nevernever -- there's lots of razor-sharp teeth mentioned!  I guess the redcaps need a mention -- I hate those creepy little bastards!  There's just no reasoning with a redcap!!

We've talked about the horrible... what about the most magical?  Is there anything you wish we could have in this world (ASIDE from Ash and Puck, Wifey...)?

OH.  And I hate Queen Mab. And I hate Queen Titania.  But I ADORE Iron Horse.  Just had to get that in there.  How about you?

Teresa Mary Rose
SO many things with sharp teeth! Just so much danger. Don't even get me started on that moment between Ash and Meghan because WE WILL BE HERE ALL DAY! Ahh yes the Redcaps... me no likey them! 

Why do you have to stifle me like that? I will take Ash please! Hahaha okay okay FINE... other than Ash I think I would like the glamour. It would be cool if I could manipulate pretty much anything or you know change my outfit by just thinking about it. That would be pretty handy. How about you? Anything you wish you could have?

Mab and Titania *hisses* we no likes them.... we no likes them at all! I like Iron Horse too! I just don't like him yet, he was still a bad guy here lol

Michele Belle
Hahaha!  I know -- it was such a wonderful moment  *sahhh-woon*

Because I know you so well, and of course they would be our first choices!  We truly do have the same brain.  It would be the glamour.  Definitely the magic... with a side of summerpod.  I really like those fruity things!  One summerpod, two summerpods, three summerpods... floor.

*hisses, claws, and sassy roars*  And they are equally frightening!  I want no part of those two -- nuh-uh.  No way.  

Oh, see, I loved Iron Horse from the beginning.  I know his *ahem* iron heart wasn't in the right place, but he showed promise and I just couldn't take all the insults to his age.  We're supposed to respect the elderly -- even if they breathe fire!  Lol

Teresa Mary Rose
Could you imagine us with magic? The world would never be the same again! Ohh the summerpods! Those would be so much fun. We would get into so much trouble with those hahahahaha

Really? I honestly didn't give him much thought the first time I read this book. He was more of a nuisance for me who was keeping Meghan from getting Ethan back. That was kinda nice, cause when things go the way they do in book two it was a surprise for them. Then I came to really love him.

Michele Belle
Truth.  I think we should be given the chance anyway... just to be sure.  lol 

I can't explain it -- I was just drawn to him.  I remember hoping we would see more of him, and I was so happy when that particular wish came true.

Teresa Mary Rose
We should... it is only fair.

It is because you are a genius and can tell the future haha. 

Is it quote time? I am sure you have some lovely Puck moments to share!

Michele Belle
I really, really like the way you think.  LOL

We didn't talk too much about our guys, but I have a feeling our quote selections will make our intentions known.  Haha!  Here are my favorites, and I really tried to keep it down... but there are just so many good ones:  

"'Is this where you say you'll kill me?' 
One corner of his lip curled. 'If you like,' he murmured, a flicker of amusement finally crossing his face. 'Though it's gotten far too interesting for that.'" 

"'I would have gotten you there!' Puck roared. 'Me! You don't need his help! Don't you trust me to keep you safe? I would've given everything for you. Why didn't you think I'd be enough?'" 

"'Knock, knock!' he called in a high, singsong voice. 

For a moment, silence. Then came a thud and a crash, as if something heavy had been hurled at the door. 'Go away!' snarled the voice from within. 
'Ah, no. That's not how the joke goes,' called Rob. 'I say 'knock, knock,' and you're supposed to answer with 'who's there?'' 
'Fuck off!' 
'Nope, that's still wrong.'" 

"Oh, we're playing nice now? Shall we have tea first? Brew up a nice pot of kiss-my-ass?" 

"'Me? Die? Didn't they tell you, princess? I'm Robin Goodfellow.'" 

"I glanced at him sharply, but he was smirking. For a moment, I was speechless. Good God, the Ice Prince was making jokes now; the world must be ending." 

"'Careful, human.' Grimalkin appeared on the corner of the stage, overshadowed by the dead chimera. 'Do not lose your heart to a faery prince. It never ends well.'" 

"'As cities grow and technology takes over the world belief and imagination fade away and so do we.'" 

"His nearness made my senses spin." 

"'I am a cat,' Grimalkin replied, as if that explained anything." 

"Iron. Ice. 

A Love Doomed 
From the Start." 

"Idiot. I told you not to fight the horse thing." 

"'Human,' he said, and if a cat could sound patronizing, this one nailed it, 'think about the absurdity of the question.'" 

"'So what?' I challenged, pulling the quilt tighter around myself. 'All you're telling me is I won't betray my friends or family. If that's a weakness, it's one I want.' 

"'This one,' Ash growled 'is off limits.'" 

"'I won't turn into a pumpkin when midnight comes, will I?' 

'If you annoy the wrong people, you might.'" 

"'Science is all about proving theories and understanding the universe. Science folds everything into neat logical well-explained packages. The fey are magical capricious illogical and unexplainable. Science cannot prove the existence of faeries so naturally we do not exist. That type of nonbelief is fatal to faeries." 

"'You’ve gone off the deep end. Time to cut back on the anime Rob. There’s no such thing as faeries." 

"I wanted to lie down and black out, and wake up to a world where best friends were never shot and little brothers were never kidnapped." 

"'Glamour is fueled by the dreams and imagination of mortals. Writers, artists, little boys pretending to be knights - the fey are drawn to them like moths to flame. Why do you think so many children have imaginary friends?'" 

"'Right, cause I'm bleeding all over the place for shits and giggles.'" 

"It tasted of twilight and mist, moonlight and frost, emptiness and longing." 

"The dryad nodded to Ash, standing silently nearby. 'The Winter prince can fight for you, I imagine. He smells of blood and sorrow.'" 

"'Your disbelief will cripple you, you think like that, human. Do not believe this impossible, or it will be.'" 

"'Charming,' Puck commented, gazing around in distaste. 'I love the barren, dead feel they’re going for. Who’s the gardener, I wonder? I’d love to get some tips.'" 

"Someone screamed in rage and horror, and I realized that someone was me."

Teresa Mary Rose
OMG so many wonderful quotes Wifey! Love them! I only have a few to add. 

“Ash!" I called. "What are you doing? Come on!"
"Meghan." Ash's voice despite the pain below the surface, was calm. "I hope you find your brother. If you see Puck again tell him I regret having to step out of our duel."
"Ash, no! Don't do this!"
I felt him smile. "You made me feel alive again," he murmured.
Screeching, the greemlins attacked.” 

“Water splashed over my jeans, and I yelped as something burned my skin.

We examined my leg. Tiny holes marred my jeans where the drops had hit, the material seared away, the skin underneath red and burned. It throbbed as if I’d jabbed needles into my flesh.
“What the heck?” I muttered, glaring into the storm. It looked like ordinary rain—gray, misty, somewhat depressing. Almost compulsively, I stuck my hand toward the opening, where water dripped over the edge of the tube.
Ash grabbed my wrist, snatching it back. “Yes, it will burn your hand as well as your leg,” he said in a bland voice. “And here I thought you learned your lesson with the chains.”

Michele Belle
I love those!  It was so hard narrowing it down -- there are just so many great ones!  This was a fantastic choice and so much fun.  I love sharing the Fey with you, Ash girl. 

Teresa Mary Rose
This book is just full of wonderful quotes! This was a blast and I am so glad we did this Puck girl!
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2) The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3) The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey, #4) The Iron Legends (The Iron Fey, #1.5, 3.5, 4.5)


  1. Wifey this discussion was SO MUCH FUN! It just flowed so easy for us and we had so much to discuss... this could be my new favorite SS. Love you! *smoosh*

  2. OH! I really do need to pick this series up! The first book is just sitting on my shelf waiting for me to read it! And I love reading these posts! I love them! They make me smile and they are just so fun to read!!


  3. Y'know, I had come to grips with the fact that I'd probably never read this series. I found me peace with it. Then I read THIS! Ugh, you two make me want to read it now.


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