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The Iron King Paperback – January 19, 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
This is truly a poor man's Alice in Wonderland. The story line takes forever to take shape, and the first half of the book seems to be one disjointed description of a fantasy object after another. Bland characters. A storyline that lacks any kind of depth. Never before have I wanted to quit on a book as badly as I did this one. I literally had to force myself to finish it, and for the first time EVER, I will not be reading the second book in the series. I just reviewed my reading history, and over the last 7 years, I have read nearly 300 books. As far as I can recall, I have never given a book a negative review....until now. It was bad. Just plain bad. I can't say it any more plainly than that.
There is insta-love, and a lot of hair pulling, gnashing of teeth and running around crying. Ash is so gosh darn gorgeous, and Puck is stuck in a tree (because you know we have to have a love triangle).
Our Cheshire Cat character was probably the most interesting and Real character there. It would have been better if the story adventure were a bit more connected logically and a bit less hither and yon. I also found it hard to like a main character who while selfless was willing to throw her life away continuously in bad bargain after bad bargain just to rescue her brother. I get the Labyrinth like "Goblin King take this boy to get his queen". (Seriously I kept seeing David Bowie singing "goblin babe" when in the iron king' realm).
In the end, this is a book for teen girls who love impossible romances between the ordinary girl who turns out to be a princess and her thousand year old suitor who looks eighteen, with a gorgeous body and touchable hair.
Parental note: not too much, a few curse words, and one kiss. Age appropriate, though week female heroines always irritate me.
This won't be on our purchase list for the library unless I can get it for cheep and more than one student asks for it. I just don't see many of our students going back and rereading this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got the first book in this series during one of Audible's many buy one get one events. As an avid Audible addict, I've listened to literally hundreds of books (nearing 300+ at... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Desarae
One of my all time favorite series. Julie just had such a way with words ❤️Published 16 days ago by Kaytee (Flirting with Fiction)
What does "A Midsummer's Night Dream", faeries, "Alice in Wonderland", and a 15-year old farm girl have in common? Come along on this delightful trip and find out!Published 19 days ago by Carol &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Keith Edholm
Creative... could definitely use more development. Will read the next one to see where it goes!Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Seemed boring at first but amazing book!! I couldn't stop reading and I can not wait to read the next bookPublished 1 month ago by Sailor Dave
One of my favorite series, seriously addictive and a wonder to become immersed in.Published 1 month ago by Kathleen Tormey
I really love faery lore and novels, but this was just mehhh. I liked the idea of "iron fey" and Grimalkin the cat was the best character in the world, but Meghen, the main... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dakota @ Magic in Every Books
The story was good overall, but the protagonist was constantly a damsel on distressPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer