With how busy the upcoming holidays can be, Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) and I found a half hour to grab a quick bite to eat and chat about our November read before heading off to a couple of Harper Collins events. We stopped into a delicious (and fast) restaurant in Toronto’s Chinatown and, after ordering, dove right into dicussing the book. (Of which I had just read the last 8 pages of on the streetcar ride there.)
As usual, since this is a discussion post about our November Brunch Book Club read of Julie Kagawa’s The Iron King there is a big SPOILER WARNING.
Jenn and I both had similar thoughts on this in that we were both surprised how much we enjoyed it. Both of us were pretty skeptical about a faerie book but I was pleasasntly surprised that it wasn’t fully set in a faeryland but also part of present day as well. I loved that the “iron” part of it was related to the technological advances and that it was a science vs belief thing.
I told Jenn how much I couldn’t stand the main character, Meaghan, to which she said that she did end up growing on her especially at the end when she accepted her fate. I wasn’t as charmed by Meaghan and was pretty annoyed with the unfounded attraction between her and Ash. Their “love” (or whatever it was) felt like it was based on nothing and when she was faced with choosing to save her brother or helping Ash, she doesn’t know what to do? She doesn’t even know the guy! Jenn agreed the instalove was a bit much. I did love the little pack rat characters tho – how adorable and awesome were they??
In the end, both of us thought the cover was gorgeous and would definitely continue reading onto the next book. Knowing that there’s a whole series that already exists and nearing the end of this first book, I was wondering how it was going to continue on for that many more books. I had forgotten about the deal with Ash and both of us are curious to see how everything will then continue. Does it affect Ethan as much as it did Meaghan and, if so, what will come of that.
Will you be joining us for our December read of The Madman’s Daughter?