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The Iron King [Kindle Edition]

Julie Kagawa
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (675 customer reviews)

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Book Description



Meghan Chase has a secret destiny--one she could never have imagined...

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school...or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth-- that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face...and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.



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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up—On her 16th birthday, Meghan Chase's four-year-old half brother is exchanged for a changeling and she discovers that her best friend, Robbie, is actually Robin Greenfellow, aka Puck, from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. He is her guardian and will lead her into the faery world to rescue her brother. Once there, Meghan learns that she is a princess, daughter of Oberon, king of the Seelie Court. With a mortal mother and a faery king for a father, she is very powerful, and Oberon and Queen Mab, queen of the Unseelie Court, are both fighting to keep her. With help from Puck and a talking cat, Meghan sneaks into the Unseelie Court to rescue Ethan, only to discover that he is held captive by more powerful forces that could destroy the entire fey world. Meghan is a likable heroine and her quest is fraught with danger and adventure. The action never stops, and Meghan's romance with Ash, the handsome prince of the Unseelie Court, provides some romance that is sure to continue in the sequel. Faery books are in high demand now, and this is one of the better ones. Expect it to be popular with teens who liked Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007).—Ginny Collier, Dekalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.

Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 567 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373210086
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002WEPDLS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, but with potential March 20, 2011
Format:Paperback
I liked it, I didn't like it, I liked it I didn't like it IlikeditIdidn'tlikeit...
I'm torn.
On the one hand, The Iron King can be a really fun read, and I think a lot of people are going to fall in love with it because it's going to give them what they wanted going in: a little faery lore, a little magic, a little otherworldliness and a little lovelust. If you can just read it on that level, it's not bad, a bit of fun fluff.

But at the same time, there are some real drawbacks for me. So here's what I'm going to do: the following is a bulleted list of my pros and cons in the book, and you can decide for yourself whether it's a good or bad review. As I said, I can't decide how much I like this one.

PROS

Kagawa is pretty successful visually. There was enough description to help me see the Nevernever, but it was never really overkill.
I really liked the idea of the iron fey. I don't want to give away too much, but it makes sense, it makes faeries current, and it adds another layer of BigBad to the already scary and dangerous fey world.
I think Kagawa gave herself room to grow in the series, and even though there are things you can see coming a mile away, she was able to wrap this book up fairly nicely while planting a hook for the next. I have friends who hate a hook, so let me be clear that it is not a cliffhanger type of hook; if you want to stop after The Iron King, you can and I don't think you'll feel like you didn't get a complete story, but if you want to continue on, there is something there to pull you back in.
The Pack Rats. I thoroughly enjoyed the Pack Rats, and elements like this made me see this as a potential movie, because I think they'd be pretty neat and visual.
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
William Shakespeare's faeries from A Midsummer's Night Dream have been popular characters for YA fiction of late. Following Lesley Livingston's Wondrous Strange and Darklight, The Iron King marks the third book to borrow Puck, Summer King Oberon and Queen Titiana and Winter Queen Mab. Both series also imagine a daughter for King Oberon who discovers her faery heritage and is drawn from the human world into the world of the fey. But that is where the similarities end. The Iron King is a much darker tale.

On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Meghan Chase is confronted with a scene straight out of Pet Cemetery when she and her mother are attacked by her four year old brother. Her best friend Robbie (aka the famous Puck) saves her and reveals that her brother has been switched with a faery changeling and the only way to get him back is to find the kidnapper in the Nevernever (aka faeryland).

The world of the faery is as terrifying as it is beautiful. In her quest, Meghan is nearly eaten several times, ripped apart by trolls, drowned by nixies, impaled by a prince, raped by a herd of satyrs, and boiled by Goblins. And that's not even half of it. There is nothing sweet and gentle about the fey in this book.

There are a number of amusing characters who aid/impede Meghan along the way, most notably the cait sith Grimilkin (who is straight out of Alice in Wonderland), and the inevitable love interest Ash, youngest son of the Winter Queen and sworn enemy of Puck. The animosity between Puck and Ash along with each one's motivation for helping Meghan was a constant thread of entertainment.

Meghan does a fairly good job of acclimating to the revelations Puck presents her with.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Missy
Format:Kindle Edition
I honestly do not understand how this book has such a high rating. It was so difficult to get through. I love fantasy and I adore Shakespeare and the book was recommended by a friend. Yet the writing was sloppy and clumsy, the characters were annoying and lacked motive and realism (I don't mean realism in the sense that they were mythological, that was fine with me... it was that they didn't respond to situations with normal emotions and reactions. they were very much like caricatures) and the plot was very slow moving and predictable. I also wanted to wring the neck of the annoying twit who was narrating/plaguing us with her uninteresting thoughts. not a great read, I would not recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I must admit Young Adult Fantasy is my favorite so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed this book. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa is a great story. There’s a great mix of romance and adventure in this novel where characters from A Midsummer’s Night Dream make an appearance. The story moves along at a fast paced but still has plenty of character development.

If you like this genre I would recommend reading his book. My only complaint is there was just too much swearing throughout, so if you’re sensitive to language you might want to skip this one.
I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series.

Rating: 4.5 Stars.

Content: Some innuendo and sensual content, plenty of language throughout including 1 F Bomb.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Bad February 2, 2014
Format:Paperback
Guys, every now and then I like to buy one of the typical YA paranormal romances of now-a-days. About 1 out of every 10 I read surprises me and makes me happy I read it. So I take the risk.

This was not one of those.

I've read some pretty terrible books. (Twilight and Elixir, anyone?) But this book, wow it almost beat them.

Why?

The writing:
This writing was about the worst I've ever seen. Usually when people complain about the author telling and not showing I don't catch on to it or it doesn't bother me. This book was just HORRIBLE when it came to that. I got no feelings what-so-ever and I couldn't imagine anything! It was like reading from a history textbook (it just droned on and on).

The "love":
I'll admit it. I figured that if I absolutely hated the book, at least I could get a couple tingly, sexy romance chapters with the obvious "bad-boy" love interest. So I wasn't expecting the author to have the skills to build a romance, I knew she'd just shove it out there. Was it romance though? Not really. There was no passionate kissing or anything else you would expect from a book like this. It was like one moment the characters just decided they would love each other. They never showed it, but they talked about their love ALL THE TIME. In fact, all Ash ever did was complain about Meghan, so how did he come to the conclusion of loving her?

Meghan:
Yes, she needed a whole complaint section to herself. Like I wrote above, I wasn't expecting very much from this story. But MAN was she ANNOYING. She's not the shiniest rock in the rock garden if you know what I mean. I told myself "pretend you never read any books about fairies or any books really at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
5 stars totally amazing .Really keeps you on the edge of your seat. Second Best book ever the first is the throne of glass
Published 7 days ago by caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars The Iron King
Great book! I am totally hooked and can't wait to start the second one of the series! I strong recommend this book for teens and adults.
Published 12 days ago by Evelyn Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite the Adventure
I loved the descriptive environment. Kagawa painted quite a world. I'm excited to get my hands on the next one!
Published 13 days ago by Belinda
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I do not even finished
Published 26 days ago by Ana Maria
1.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
Ugh it was so creepy and dark I couldn't get past the first parts of it.
Published 1 month ago by L. Babak
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, quick read that keeps you entertained
A fun, quick read that keeps you entertained. Julie Kagawa has a vivid imagination that make the faerie world come alive.
Published 1 month ago by tay135
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Light Read.
I was hesitant to read this book. Got alot of mix reactions and reviews on it. But I gave it a shot. Glad I did. I really like it. Its a fun read.
Published 1 month ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing Author
Published 1 month ago by kymbal7
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, dark read
4.5

The power of myth and belief, specifically how they have the ability to bring fantasy to real life is a beautifully magical and a heartbreakingly inspiring concept. Read more
Published 2 months ago by YA Book Madness Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
This novel was easy to read and enjoyable. I found myself rooting for Meg and Ash. I am looking forward to the next installment.
Published 2 months ago by Chris
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