I read The Iron King back in February, and liked it. (Read my full review here). At the time, I put the rest of the series on hold at the library, but ended up with way too many library books to read in a short period of time, and therefore didn't finish the series. As time went on, my recollection of the book diminished and I started to remember it as being an okay book, rather than the enthusiasm that I had clearly felt when I wrote my review.
I took the book on the ferry with me last weekend, hoping to make a decent size dent in the 500 page book during four hours of ferry riding. The storyline didn't grab me immediately, but that may have been due to the fact that the Olympics were on in the background, and it was hard to get into a new story with new characters while the Olympic coverage was highlighting the runner from South Africa with two amputated legs (and what an amazing person he is!) But once I was able to tear my eyes away from the Olympics and focus on the storyline, Kagawa immediately pulled me into the world and I didn't surface again until two days later, so incredibly satisfied with the way that the book turned out.
This story has it all: vampires, zombies (although they're called rabids), adventure, mystery and just an all-round fantastic storyline. There's also a slight love interest in the book, but no pesky love triangle. It's a hefty book (close to 500 pages in length), but it didn't feel like an arduous read. I'm looking forward to finding out what happens in the next installment of Allie's story.