The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Somewhere between 2 and 3 stars.
It took me forever to get into this book. I started it months ago, put it aside, picked it up again, put it aside again, all the while reading raving reviews about how much people loved it and how great the whole saga was... To be honest that was the main reason I kept on stubbornly picking it up. I couldn't fathom what was so special about it.
Two days ago, for a lack of something "easy" to read, I picked it up again and this time I finished it. It's pretty good, even though I am still not crazy about it. Certainly the action and the plot, which are a bit slow at the beginning, pick up nicely in the second half of the book and it becomes pretty adventurous.
The descriptions are pretty visual, scenes came alive before my eyes and I am sure it would make a nice movie. In fact, I had a couple of disturbing deja-vu which catapulted me straight back to 1986 and to the movie Labyrinth, the one with David Bowie. The scene with the pack rats? Totally the same - not counting the obvious parallel of the kidnapping of the little brother.
I don't particularly care for Meghan but I like the two male characters, Ash and Puck, even though, once again, I am getting a bit weary of the love triangle and of the star-crossed lovers. The romance between Meghan and Ash was a bit... how to say, not well developed I think. It kind of happened all of a sudden, without much growth of feeling from the characters.
Thumbs up for the "steampunkish" element though, I really liked it.
I think I am going to read the other two published installments, it should get interesting from here and I am expecting some character development, especially Meghan's, hoping she'll get more likable and complex.
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