There are quite a few things to be weary of in life; treachery, trickery, travesty, and secret trysts that go bumpty-bump in the night. However, if you find these things highly entertaining and amusing, than step into a world where such things are key to survival, especially in the realm of the fey. I welcome you to The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa.
The first three books in the series-The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, and The Iron Queen-focus on Meaghan Chase, a 16-year-old girl who has the ability to see the fey-pixies, fairies, goblins, sprites-living in the mortal world. Her brother, Ethan, is kidnapped by the fey and dragged into the Nevernever-a mystical land in which these creatures reside-for an unknown purpose.
Things that come in threes are a trademark of fairy tales-like in Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs, and to see them implemented in Kagawa’s series adds a nice dynamic between the characters-as seen with the three fey princes of the Unseelie Court, and the three traveling companions-Meaghan, Puck, and Ash-roaming the Nevernever. I enjoy stories that have undertones of fairy tales.
The next three books-The Iron Knight, The Iron Prince, and The Iron Traitor, focus on the individual quests of the three prominent male characters seen in the first part of the series (however, we aren't quite done with Meaghan just yet!). So far, I am up to The Iron Prince, and I’m finding it to be less lustrous than its predecessors in terms of characterization. However, I’m in the early stages of the book, so there’s still room for this story to grow.
Aside from this, there are shorter novellas that happen between the events of these books, and they have been collected in The Iron Prophecies (which I shall purchase soon!).
Even though this series is swathed in betrayal and intense trickery, like most teen fiction, The Iron Fey Series doesn’t allow the protagonists to escape romance, which can be a bit overbearing when the ugly heads of love triangles appear. If this doesn’t upset your stomach much, than do give this series a try! The adventure and culture of the Nevernever itself is enthralling and informative towards the character's personalities. It also makes for a nice collection to add to your library. The typography is eye catching, as are the covers!