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The Iron King Paperback – January 19, 2010

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Book 1 of 7 in the Iron Fey Series

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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
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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (782 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Let me preface this by saying I am a reader - an extremely avid reader who generally enjoys reading books from across the spectrum of genre. And I love book series! In fact, over the last few years, I generally only select books that are a series as one book is never enough for me, which I why I selected The Iron King. I thought I had found another great series. I could not have been more wrong.
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.
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Not too bad a story, for a teen romance. This only rated barely two stars as an adult reed.
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.
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