Nov 11, 2015

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW--The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, adapted by Sara Gundell, Ill. by Lidia Chan

Based off the New York Times best selling novels. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series, and follows the adventures of a girl named Meghan Chase. On her sixteenth birthday, Meghan discovers her little brother has been kidnapped by a faery race known as "the Fey" and even worse, replaced with an evil changeling and taken into the "Nevernever." Meghan bravely ventures into the faery realm to rescue him, and that's where an epic plot unfolds. This collected edition has never before images and character designs! 

As a huge fan of the Iron Fey Chronicles, once I heard Julie Kagawa had created (with help) a graphic novel version of The Iron King, I knew I had to have it! Especially in physical book form, as I am not sure my outdated Kindle does lo and behold...The Iron graphic novel format! Sara Gundell adapted the story so that it's shorter and able to fit into the proper format without losing it's story magic and then Lidia Chan brought the characters to life! And I must say, it was all quite magical!

The story pretty much follows along with the original novel, though it's been year since I read that! And after reading Ethan's series finale last week, seeing him as a four year old again was trippy! LOL!

The illustrations were good! I guess they follow an anime form more so than past graphic novels I read. For they were a tad different than some, but still totally incredible! I loved seeing Puck again and Meghan learning who she really is. And then Ash! Oh how I loved him!

There might have been a few scenes or moments that left me confused, where you turned the page and started on the next frame and feel like you missed something. That didn't happen too often though. The most prevalent scene that comes to mind is when we first meet Ash during the Wild Hunt. It was just sort of boom there he is. Then boom, it's over. And again, since I read the book years ago, I couldn't quite remember what was happening and such.

But those little moments were few and far between, so that was good! I also loved seeing Grimalkin! I love that little Cait Sith! He's so smart alecky!

Since this initially came to life in 2013 and 2014, I feel as if we will only ever see the first book in graphic novel form. Which I guess is all right. I mean, you won't see me being upset over more. But at least we all know how the series ends! Even Meghan's part of the story!

All in all, if you were a fan of the Iron Fey Chronicles to begin with and enjoy the occasional graphic novel, than I highly recommend picking this up one afternoon!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars


  1. I read the first book about two or three months ago (sooo behind book reviews!) sad to say that it's a DNF for me...

  2. I need that graphic novel! Too bad it's too expensive to ship in my country...


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