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The Iron King [Kindle Edition]

Julie Kagawa
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (700 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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1330 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, but with potential March 20, 2011
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.


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
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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15 of 17 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a faery tale December 17, 2011
"We were born of the dreams and fears of mortals..." The fey, the immortal, the faeries - they've always been out there, but Meghan never saw them till the day she turned sixteen. The day they came for her four-year-old brother.

This delightful new tale draws from a pair of Shakespearean plays. Oberon, Titiana and Puck, from A Midsummer Night's Dream, form the heart of the Summer Kingdom in Kagawa's new otherworld. Queen Mab, the fairy queen mentioned in Romeo and Juliet and other Elizabethan literature, rules her own rival court, the Winter Kingdom. Eventually, Meghan finally finds her way to Nevernever, caught between these dueling races. For she is Oberon's daughter. But using one last, obviously Shakespearean ploy, Meghan finds love where it is doomed to fail - in the opposing camp.

I loved this story, but it took me a while. When Meghan first reaches Nevernever, there's so much shape-shifting, so many suddenly landscape changes, odd creatures and bizarre dreams that it turned me off. But I skimmed ahead to the part where she finally reaches Oberon's court and her adventures truly began.

I am a true Shakespeare fan. Even after high school and college I've chosen to read many of his works for pleasure. (Not all yet, but I'm working on that.) So I was enamored of Kagawa's idea to create a new world of familiar, dueling characters. Then she added her own touch, a third kingdom, a dark fey kingdom, born of dreams of science and technology that threatens to destroy the oldbloods. A kingdom built of iron - the very substance intolerable to the ancient fairies.

Accompanied by two bitter rivals and a maverick cat (my absolute favorite character!), Meghan must seek her brother in this dangerous world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
I read immortal rules and loved it. But this was terrible. Ash has no character development. How can she like him he acts cold or is kissing her. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept but I really just couldn't connect
This was a really, really creative story and I loved how in depth the world of the fey was. But... I just don't think faeries are my thing. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Brittany // The Book Addict's Guide
3.0 out of 5 stars sadly underwhelmed
While I wanted to like it, and there were parts of this book I liked, I was just underwhelmed by the characters. Read more
Published 17 days ago by TClemens
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book! I didn't expect to, this was just supposed to pass the time while I waited for a different one to release but I ended up finishing the entire series in a few... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Crystal Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool. Julie K
At first I thought this was going to be a silly teenage girl story but soon I found myself enthralled with the mix of classic fey lore and modern day references. Pretty cool. Read more
Published 22 days ago by annecarlini
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
The young adult fiction book The Iron King is a great novel by Julie Kagawa. The book ties in fantasy like elements with real life situations that occur with the main character... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Dominique
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good, Not Amazing
Pretty good story over all. Good enough that I will continue with this series. Kind of a weird mix of Labrynth- little brother getting stolen, girl having to face the Iron King... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Three Wishes
3.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical and entertaining, but some of the characters frustrated me
Actual Rating: 2.75 / 5

A couple months ago, I asked for recommendations for fantasy novels with fairy characters. Read more
Published 25 days ago by ViolettePen
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read. It will challenge everything you "know" about...
I went into this book having already read The Lost Prince. with that in mind, some of the characters were familiar to me, but I don't feel that it ruined the story for me at... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Lisa Pottgen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good
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