The Iron Fey is a series of Young Adult novels by Julie Kagawa, dealing with the misadventures of young Meghan Chase in Faeryland.The Iron King is where our story starts. Meghan finds out that her father was not the insurance salesman she thought he was, but was instead Oberon, king of the Summer Court of the Fey. She also finds out that her best friend, Robbie Goodfell, is actually Robin Goodfellow, better known as Puck. She ventures to faery lands to rescue her brother, but finds herself caught up in the politics of the world, and is forced to fight against the iron court, a brand new court formed as human dreams begin to shift toward technology. Along the way, she meets Ash, the son of the Winter queen, whom she agrees to accompany in exchange for his help dealing with the iron court.The next part of the series is the novella "Winter's Passage", which follows Ash and Meghan as he takes her to the winter court per their agreement, but along the way they are attacked by a creature sent by Oberon to "rescue" Meghan.The Iron Daughter opens with Meghan a prisoner of the Winter Court, where she dreams of the Iron King she killed at the end of The Iron King. She feels betrayed by Ash, who must pretend not to care while they are in the court. The two are forced to leave when one of Ash's brothers steals the Scepter of the Seasons, which he intends to give to the new Iron King in exchange for power. Ash, Meghan and Puck go after it, with the help of Ironhorse, who tells them that the new king is a fraud. The group retrieve the scepter, but Ash and Meghan are banished to the Mortal realm.Book 3, The Iron Queen, picks up where The Iron Daughter left off, as Meghan and Ash approach her human home. When they arrive, they find her home being attacked by iron fey under the orders of the false king. The two decide to flee to Leanansidhe, also called the Exile Queen, for shelter. Along the way, Glitch, a former lieutenant of the Iron King and current leader of the rebels against the false king, attempts to take them into custody for Meghan's protection, fearing that all would be lost if the false king captured her. While training to go after the false king, they discover that in addition to the Summer glamour she gained from her father, Meghan also has Iron glamour gained from killing the Iron King back in book 1. The three return to faery after Meghan and Ash's banishments are lifted, and Meghan takes her rightful place.Another novella, focusing on Ash and Puck's adventures, follows Iron Queen, titled "Summer's Crossing".The fourth book, The Iron Knight, came out in November 2011. Said book should not be confused with Iron Knight
Animorphism: Puck favors the form of a crow, though he can do other animal forms. A phouka can turn into any animal they want to be.
Asshole Victim: A bitchy cheerleader makes fun of Meghan after a particularly vicious school prank. Puck loses it and turns her nose into a pig's snout. The trope is subverted, however, when Meghan meets the same girl again later, finds that she's matured quite a bit from enduring teasing about the pig snout, and actually feels a bit sorry for her (and angry at Puck).
Baleful Polymorph: Being in the wrong place at the wrong time can get a human turned into whichever animal strikes an angry faery's fancy. Titania even threatens to turn Meghan into a deer, and then unleash her hunting hound on her.
Black Eyes of Evil: Queen Mab, the Iron King Machina, and many Always Chaotic Evil faeries have this on a day-to-day basis. Even somewhat less evil characters, like Oberon and Titania, can get this when they're significantly angered.
Changeling Tale: The story really sets off when the Faeries kidnap Meghan's younger half-brother and replace him with a foul-mouthed monster brat.
Childhood Friend Romance: Of the "Unrequited Love" flavor. Puck has really fallen hard for Meghan, but, as of yet, Meghan seems to think of him as only her best friend.
Cinderella Circumstances: Titania puts Meghan to work in the Seelie Court's kitchens to get back at her husband for cheating on her. It only lasts until Elysium, when Meghan's expected to look like a princess.
Innocent Blue Eyes: Meghan's characterization generally favors this description of her eyes.
Invisible to Adults: Young children like Meghan's brother Ethan can see magical things. Generally they grow out of it, but artistic people like Meghan's mother sometimes retain some of this ability.
Invisible to Normals: Anything magical has this kind of power over grown humans. Even Meghan, who's only half normal, only noticed magical things out of the corner of her vision until she turned sixteen.
One Type 4 in the main cast. Ash and Meghan are in a relationship, but Puck has an unrequited crush on Meghan.
Two Type 7's concerning Meghan's parents. Oberon and Meghan's mother cheated on their respective spouses to produce Meghan, but it only lasted for a one night stand.
Magically-Binding Contract: To the point that one needs to be careful when saying "thank you" to anybody in the Nevernever, since those words basically mean "I owe you one." Faeries will take Meghan at her word for that, and try to call in the debt later. Though the Iron Fey are not as big on this as the other types of fey.
Mysterious Past: Meghan realizes that Puck and Ash have history when they fight.
No Body Left Behind: An interesting variation. When fey of any kind are killed, their bodies disappear and leave something else behind (be it a thornbush, needles, ice, branches, etc.). This, however, does not always happen instantly, the time it takes can vary.
Not a Game: Puck tries this on Meghan to persuade her to go.
Our Fairies Are Different: Besides the regular fey, who, like all fey, are born of human dreams, there are the Iron Fey that gave the series its name, fey born of dreams of technology, science, and progress who are immune to iron.
The second series introduces a new category of fey: The Forgotten, fey that have been forgotten (which would normally mean their death), but have managed to survive by using Vampiric Draining to drain other fey of their glamour, killing them, and can even drain the glamour of half-fey, which, while not killing them, seems to have some negative effects (one effect that could be taken either way, depending on how the hybrid views it, is the loss of the ability to see fey).
True Sight: Meghan's is strong due to her father's identity, but up until the beginning of the first book it has been kept controlled by the fact that every year until her Dangerous Sixteenth Birthday, Robbie would dose her with Mistwine to suppress it.