The Iron King (Iron Fey Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

For Meghan is the daughter of a mythical faery king…and a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014

2011 RITA Winner for Young Adult Romance

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kim Carter
Rather than her anticipated coming-of-age ritual of getting her driver's permit, Meghan Chase's sixteenth birthday brings the discovery that her four-year-old brother Ethan has been replaced by a vicious changeling, propelling her into a heretofore-unimagined world. When Robbie Goodfell, Meghan's best friend since sandbox, shows her that Ethan's closet is a doorway to Nevernever and he is Robin Goodfellow, commonly known as Puck, her real coming-of-age journey begins in earnest. From her first ill-considered promise to the cat Grimalkin to her pact with Ash, prince of the Winter Court, Meghan must learn the ways of faerie quickly if she is to survive and rescue her brother from the newly rising Iron King, who has been created from humankind's obsession with technology. Not only must she learn quickly, but she must also grow into the powers and prophecy that are hers by birthright, by virtue of being the half human daughter of Oberon, king of the Summer Court. This first book of an epic quest layers the passage into adulthood with the oft-told theme of belief as the life-blood for all things magical. An American Gods (William Morrow, 2001/VOYA February 2002) for younger readers, the book's scope is the sweep of faerie lore and legend, with a young romance triangle thrown in for good measure. The characters, plot, and constant action will appeal to young fantasy readers, but an early off-color joke and occasional sophisticated cursing are jarring, making the intended age of the audience unclear. Reviewer: Kim Carter
School Library Journal
Gr 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
Publishers Weekly
In this first book in the Iron Fey series, Meghan Chase is turning 16, and odd things are happening. Her four-year-old half-brother, Ethan, is clingier than usual, and a tutoring session with the school hunk goes horribly wrong. But her best friend, Robbie, is always there for her, even when Meghan comes home to find her mother unconscious and her brother snarling like an animal. Robbie knows what’s happened: Ethan has been taken by the fey, a changeling left in his place, and the only way Ethan can be brought back is if Meghan embraces the truth—that the fey are real and that she is half-fey herself. She agrees, but her agreement is nearly the most active part she plays in her own adventure. After that, Meghan generally gets help from a series of male characters and is towed along by their decisions and actions. It’s an odd, throwback faerie tale, and while first-time author Kagawa is a talented writer and her descriptions are lush, Meghan’s ongoing passivity disappoints, though she has the potential to develop more fully in later books. Ages 13–18. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Paranormal romance in the style of Melissa Marr and Cassandra Clare. Meghan Chase loves her family, but she doesn't love living on a pig farm in the Louisiana swamps. At least she's got one friend-spindly prankster Robbie Goodfell. On Meghan's 16th birthday, everything changes: Her four-year-old brother is replaced by a changeling, and Robbie admits he is a faery (Puck, of course). Robbie escorts Meghan into the Nevernever on a dangerous rescue mission, where she unsurprisingly discovers she is more than your everyday bayou schoolgirl. Good thing she's got a crew of helpers: Puck, who seems awfully affectionate; Grimalkin, a vanishing cat with motives of his own; and Ash, an Unseelie prince of cold, unearthly beauty. Though Kagawa's faeryland initially appears decorated with the stock set dressing of the genre, the novel's eponymous villain adds a clever, unexpected twist. Genre fans won't be disappointed, and surely the rest of the series will reveal the truly important answer: Team Ash or Team Robbie? (Paranormal romance. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373210084
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Iron Fey Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 59,366
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet 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.

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The Ghost in the Computer

Ten years ago, on my sixth birthday my father disappeared.

No, he didn't leave. Leaving would imply suitcases and empty drawers, and late birthday cards with ten-dollar bills stuffed inside. Leaving would imply he was unhappy with Mom and me, or that he found a new love elsewhere. None of that was true. He also did not die, because we would've heard about it. There was no car crash, no body, no police mingling about the scene of a brutal murder. It all happened very quietly.

On my sixth birthday, my father took me to the park, one of my favorite places to go at that time. It was a lonely little park in the middle of nowhere, with a running trail and a misty green pond surrounded by pine trees. We were at the edge of the pond, feeding the ducks, when I heard the jingle of an ice cream truck in the parking lot over the hill. When I begged my dad to get me a Creamsicle, he laughed, handed me a few bills, and sent me after the truck.

That was the last time I saw him.

Later, when the police searched the area, they discovered his shoes at the edge of the water, but nothing else. They sent divers into the pond, but it was barely ten feet down, and they found nothing but branches and mud at the bottom. My father had disappeared without a trace.

For months afterward, I had a recurring nightmare about standing at the top of that hill, looking down and seeing my father walk into the pond. As the water closed over his head, I could hear the ice cream truck singing in the background, a slow, eerie song with words I could almost understand. Every time I tried to listen to them, however, I'd wake up.

Not long after my father's disappearance, Mom moved us far away, to a tiny little hick town in the middle of the Louisiana bayou. Mom said she wanted to "start over," but I always knew, deep down, that she was running from something.

It would be another ten years before I discovered what.

My name is M.eghan Chase.

In less than twenty-four hours, I'll be sixteen years old.

Sweet sixteen. It has a magical ring to it. Sixteen is supposed to be the age when girls become princesses and fall in love and go to dances and proms and such. Countless stories, songs, and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset.

I didn't think it would be that way for me.

The morning before my birthday, I woke up, showered, and rummaged through my dresser for something to wear. Normally, I'd just grab whatever clean-ish thing is on the floor, but today was special. Today was the day Scott Waldron would finally notice me. I wanted to look perfect. Of course, my wardrobe is sadly lacking in the popular-attire department. While other girls spend hours in front of their closets crying,

"What should I wear?" my drawers basically hold three things: clothes from Goodwill, hand-me-downs, and overalls.

I wish we weren't so poor. I know pig farming isn't the most glamorous of jobs, but you'd think Mom could afford to buy me at least one pair of nice jeans. I glared at my scanty wardrobe in disgust. Oh, well, I guess Scott will have to be wowed with my natural grace and charm, if I don't make an idiot of myself in front of him.

I finally slipped into cargo pants, a neutral green T-shirt, and my only pair of ratty sneakers, before dragging a brush through my white-blond hair. My hair is straight and very fine, and was doing that stupid floating thing again, where it looked like I'd jammed my finger up an electrical outlet. Yanking it into a ponytail, I went downstairs.

Luke, my stepfather, sat at the table, drinking coffee and leafing through the town's tiny newspaper, which reads more like our high school gossip column than a real news source. "Five-legged calf born on Patterson's farm," the front page screamed; you get the idea. Ethan, my four-year-old half brother, sat on his father's lap, eating a Pop-Tart and getting crumbs all over Luke's overalls. He clutched Floppy, his favorite stuffed rabbit, in one arm and occasionally tried to feed it his breakfast; the rabbit's face was full of crumbs and fruit filling.

Ethan is a good kid. He has his father's curly brown hair, but like me, inherited Mom's big blue eyes. He's the type of kid old ladies stop to coo at, and total strangers smile and wave at him from across the street. Mom and Luke dote on their baby, but it doesn't seem to spoil him, thank goodness.

"Where's Mom?" I asked as I entered the kitchen. Opening the cabinet doors, I scoured the boxes of cereal for the one I liked, wondering if Mom remembered to pick it up. Of course she hadn't. Nothing but fiber squares and disgusting marshmallow cereals for Ethan. Was it so hard to remember Cheerios?

Luke ignored me and sipped his coffee. Ethan chewed his Pop-Tart and sneezed on his father's arm. I slammed the cabinet doors with a satisfying bang.

"Where's Mom?" I asked, a bit louder this time. Luke jerked his head up and finally looked at me. His lazy brown eyes, like those of a cow, registered mild surprise.

"Oh, hello, Meg," he said calmly. "I didn't hear you come in. What did you say?"

I sighed and repeated my question for the third time.

"She had a meeting with some of the ladies at church," Luke murmured, turning back to his paper. "She won't be back for a few hours, so you'll have to take the bus."

I always took the bus. I just wanted to remind Mom that she was supposed to take me to get a learner's permit this weekend. With Luke, it was hopeless. I could tell him something fourteen different times, and he'd forget it the moment I left the room. It wasn't that Luke was mean or malicious, or even stupid. He adored Ethan, and Mom seemed truly happy with him. But, every time I spoke to my stepdad, he would look at me with genuine surprise, as if he'd forgotten I lived here, too.

I grabbed a bagel from the top of the fridge and chewed it sullenly, keeping an eye on the clock. Beau, our German shepherd, wandered in and put his big head on my knee. I scratched him behind the ears and he groaned. At least the dog appreciated me.

Luke stood, gently placing Ethan back in his seat. "All right, big guy," he said, kissing the top of Ethan's head. "Dad has to fix the bathroom sink, so you sit there and be good. When I'm done, we'll go feed the pigs, okay?"

"'Kay," Ethan chirped, swinging his chubby legs. "Floppy wants to see if Ms. Daisy had her babies yet."

Luke's smile was so disgustingly proud, I felt nauseous.

"Hey, Luke," I said as he turned to go, "bet you can't guess what tomorrow is."

"Mmm?" He didn't even turn around. "I don't know, Meg. If you have plans for tomorrow, talk to your mother." He snapped his fingers, and Beau immediately left me to follow him. Their footsteps faded up the stairs, and I was alone with my half brother.

Ethan kicked his feet, regarding me in that solemn way of his. "I know," he announced softly, putting his Pop-Tart on the table. "Tomorrow's your birthday, isn't it? Floppy told me, and I remembered."

"Yeah," I muttered, turning and lobbing the bagel into the trash can. It hit the wall with a thump and dropped inside, leaving a greasy smear on the paint. I smirked and decided to leave it.

"Floppy says to tell you happy early birthday."

"Tell Floppy thanks." I ruffled Ethan's hair as I left the kitchen, my mood completely soured. I knew it. Mom and Luke would completely forget my birthday tomorrow. I wouldn't get a card, or a cake, or even a "happy birthday" from anyone. Except my kid brother's stupid stuffed rabbit. How pathetic was that?

Back in my room, I grabbed books, homework, gym clothes, and the iPod I'd spent a year saving for, despite Luke's disdain of those "useless, brain-numbing gadgets." In true hick fashion, my stepfather dislikes and distrusts anything that could make life easier. Cell phones? No way, we've got a perfectly good landline. Video games? They're the devil's tools, turning kids into delinquents and serial killers. I've begged Mom over and over to buy me a laptop for school, but Luke insists that if his ancient, clunky PC is good enough for him, it's good enough for the family. Never mind that dial-up takes flipping forever. I mean, who uses dial-up anymore?

I checked my watch and swore. The bus would arrive shortly, and I had a good ten-minute walk to the main road. Looking out the window, I saw the sky was gray and heavy with rain, so I grabbed a jacket, as well. And, not for the first time, I wished we lived closer to town.

I swear, when I get a license and a car, I am never coming back to this place.

"Meggie?" Ethan hovered in the doorway, clutching his rabbit under his chin. His blue eyes regarded me somberly. "Can I go with you today?"

"What?" Shrugging into my jacket, I gazed around for my backpack. "No, Ethan. I'm going to school now. Big-kids school, no rug rats allowed."

I turned away, only to feel two small arms wrap around my leg. Putting my hand against the wall to avoid falling, I glared down at my half brother. Ethan clung to me doggedly, his face tilted up to mine, his jaw set. "Please?" he begged. "I'll be good, I promise. Take me with you? Just for today?"

With a sigh, I bent down and picked him up.

"What's up, squirt?" I asked, brushing his hair out of his eyes. Mom would need to cut it soon; it was starting to look like a bird's nest. "You're awfully clingy this morning. What's going on?"

"Scared," Ethan muttered, burying his face in my neck.

"You're scared?"

He shook his head. "Floppy's scared."

"What's Floppy scared of?"

"The man in the closet."

I felt a small chill slide up my back. Sometimes, Ethan was so quiet and serious, it was hard to remember he was only four. He still had childish fears of monsters under his bed and bogeymen in his closet. In Ethan's world, stuffed animals spoke to him, invisible men waved to him from the bushes, and scary creatures tapped long nails against his bedroom window. He rarely went to Mom or Luke with stories of monsters and bogeymen; from the time he was old enough to walk, he always came to me.

I sighed, knowing he wanted me to go upstairs and check, to reassure him that nothing lurked in his closet or under his bed. I kept a flashlight on his dresser for that very reason.

Outside, lightning flickered, and thunder rumbled in the distance. I winced. My walk to the bus was not going to be pleasant.

Dammit, I don't have time for this.

Ethan pulled back and looked at me, eyes pleading. I sighed again. "Fine," I muttered, putting him down. "Let's go check for monsters."

He followed me silently up the stairs, watching anxiously as I grabbed the flashlight and got down on my knees, shining it under the bed. "No monsters there," I announced, standing up. I walked to the closet door and flung it open as Ethan peeked out from behind my legs. "No monsters here, either. Think you'll be all right now?"

He nodded and gave me a faint smile. I started to close the door when I noticed a strange gray hat in the corner. It was domed on top, with a circular rim and a red band around the base: a bowler hat.

Weird. Why would that be there?

As I straightened and started to turn around, something moved out of the corner of my eye. I caught a glimpse of a figure hiding behind Ethan's bedroom door, its pale eyes watching me through the crack. I jerked my head around, but of course there was nothing there.

Jeez, now Ethan's got me seeing imaginary monsters. I need to stop watching those late-night horror flicks.

A thunderous boom directly overhead made me jump, and fat drops plinked against the windowpanes. Rushing past Ethan, I burst out of the house and sprinted down the driveway.

I was soaked when I reached the bus stop. The late spring rain wasn't frigid, but it was cold enough to be uncomfortable. I crossed my arms and huddled under a mossy cypress, waiting for the bus to arrive.

Wonder where Robbie is? I mused, gazing down the road. He's usually here by now. Maybe he didn't fleel like getting drenched and stayed home. I snorted and rolled my eyes. Skipping class again, huh? Slacker. Wish I could do that.

If only I had a car. I knew kids whose parents gave them cars for their sixteenth birthday. Me, I'd be lucky if I got a cake. Most of my classmates already had licenses and could drive themselves to clubs and parties and anywhere they wanted. I was always left behind, the backward hick girl nobody wanted to invite.

Except Robbie, I amended with a small mental shrug. At least Robbie will remember. Wonder what kooky thing he has planned flor my birthday tomorrow? I could almost guarantee it would be something strange or crazy. Last year, he snuck me out of the house for a midnight picnic in the woods. It was weird; I remembered the glen and the little pond with the fireflies drifting over it, but though I explored the woods behind my house countless times since then, I never found it again.

Something rustled in the bushes behind me. A possum or a deer, or even a fox, seeking shelter from the rain. The wildlife out here was stupidly bold and had little fear of humans. If it wasn't for Beau, Mom's vegetable garden would be a buffet for rabbits and deer, and the local raccoon family would help themselves to everything in our cupboards.

A branch snapped in the trees, closer this time. I shifted uncomfortably, determined not to turn around for some stupid squirrel or raccoon. I'm not like "inflate-a-boob" Angie, Ms. Perfect Cheerleader, who'd flip out if she saw a caged gerbil or a speck of dirt on her Hollister jeans. I've pitched hay and killed rats and driven pigs through knee-deep mud. Wild animals don't scare me.

Still, I stared down the road, hoping to see the bus turn the corner. Maybe it was the rain and my own sick imagination, but the woods felt like the set for The Blair Witch Project.

There are no wolves or serial killers out here, I told myself. Stop being paranoid.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

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    Fae, Faeries and Friends

    Meghan is your average teenager until her 16th birthday and BAM...things change quite drastically. She develops the ability to see the fae and all the seedy underground that goes along with it. She is on quite an adventure to get her kidnapped brother back...an adventure spanning 3 fae courts and meeting numerous seelie and unseelie "characters".


    I really, REALLY loved this book! The characters are strong and memorable and the plot is not so predictable that you have everything figured out by the time you get half way into the book. Meghan is a likable main character with deep love for her family even though her childhood conditions were not the best. Her best friend is a rock for her, even though he turns out to be someone that shocks her. There is the bad guy romance factor with Ash. I have to say one of my favorite characters is the cat! Yes, the cat, Grimalkin...he is funny and also there as a rock when Meghan needs him.


    The author's imagination was transferred vividly to the pages of this book and I was flipping pages like crazy to get to the end! The ending leaves it wide open for the sequel, The Iron Daughter, which comes out in August. If you love fae, faeries, historical fairy tale characters, action, drama and romance, you will want to pick this book up.

    50 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Ok..I LOVE this series

    I read the first 3 books in two days. Then I found out that there is a fourth one. And got even better when I found out that there is 2 books that go in between one and three.
    1. The Iron King
    1.5. Summers Crossing
    2. The Iron Daughter
    3. The Iron Queen
    3.5 Winters Passage
    4 The Iron Knight
    I know that Julie has written another book called
    Immortal Rules that comes out 4/28/12.But I'm not sure if it's part of this series.I hope so.I don't want these characters to end. Lol

    33 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Too much like Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely Series and the film Labyrinth

    I can't give Julie Kagawa's book a higher score than 1 star, knowing this is Harlequin Teen's version of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely Series. The difference is Julie Kagawa added a cat and characters from Midsummer Night's Dream and Labyrinth. I'm surprised bloggers did not catch the similarity or even mentioned it as if they all agreed not to state the obvious. As a honest reviewer, I'll state the obvious. Iron King is not original. Melissa Marr's series is better written and more imaginative. I even found typos in The Iron King.

    21 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Iron Joke

    A fantasy story based in King Oberon's court and Queen Mabs fury. I simply cannot finish the book. The author starts with a simple wholesome family story and mixes in unrealistic stories of the Fey with foul language and childish fantasies. Bad mix in writing style and a story which could have been good, but is lost in the inconsistent approach of the author. Highly recommend avoiding the book.

    20 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    The Iron King by Julie Kagawa - One of the best fantasy/romance novels I have read.

    The Iron King was a great read and kept me flipping page after page! Although the plot of the book resembled that of the Faeriwalker trilogy by Jenna Black (Glimmerglass, Shadowspell, and Sirensong), with many of the same characters, there was a fresh feel of the book with the addition of the Iron King and his followers. Meghan Chase, the main character can be a little annoying at some parts, always having to be saved by Puck or Ash. Meghann does end up prooving herself more towards the end of the book. One thing that was left a bit unclear was how her and her friends always escape from some sticky situations. For example, blacking out and then being safe. One thing I also really enjoyed the typical love triangle: bad boy/enemy or best friend she knew forever? (I am team Ash. I like his mysterious nature, and also that he does want to be with Meghan even though it seems the other way around early in the book. THE ENDING IS A CLIFFHANGER, SO NOW I HAVE TO BUY THE NEXT ONE IMMEDIATLY!! Any fantasy lover will really enjoy this book! Totally deserves 5 stars!!!!

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    same book?

    the book need is very similar

    12 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

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    ENCHANTING . . . until . . .

    Until about halfway, I was positive I'd give this 4 or 4.5 stars.

    (light spoilers, you are warned.)

    I was absolutely enchanted by Nevernever and how Kagawa described it, and even though the plot was stale and way overused (a sister saving her brother who was kidnapped by the fay) I was enjoying Iron King. It's been a while since I'd read a book about the Fay and I thought this one seemed very promising. Sometimes the writing was a bit stilted, but the majority was beautiful and evocative.

    But then Ash came to play a larger role. I almost started to groan at everything he said and every time Meghan looked at him and admired his "so perfect, awesome, captivating" beauty. On the last leg of the book, his character and "relationship" with Meghan made me want to put Iron King down and just not finish. I write relationship with such hesitation because there was no substance to whatever they were pretending to have, and there was no room for anything to grow (let alone begin) in the time the novel allowed.

    I remembered the words on the cover: "A love doomed from the start," and I immediately was intrigued--well, immediately as in when I found out Robbie was actually Puck. This could be a cool (and rather cute) angle; I mean, Puck isn't one I would think of normally to play the romantic lead. How would Kagawa pull this off and keep him in character? I was sure there would be a lot of hilarious miscommunication between the two and it was already making me smile.

    And then I realized Ash wasn't just going to be that hunter. Every time he appeared, Kagawa made it certain we knew how absolutely handsome he was. I think every single adjective for beautiful was used to describe him and it made me sick. Not to mention, Ash never really SAID anything: he growled it (which is a rather impossible dialogue tag to be honest) or muttered it, which really got old after a while.

    And then Puck had to be out of the way so Meghan and Ash could somehow bond. Before "it" happened, I was actually annoyed at how only Puck was getting hurt during that scene. Then it all came clear: of course, Meghan and Ash somehow needed to fall in love before the end of the book. Right.

    Somehow, Meghan and Ash DID fall in love. Almost immediately.

    And then near the end, during the climax, everything was so ridiculous it took a great amount of willpower to finish it. Ash was so hurt by the iron that he couldn't even stand. Then suddenly he's swinging his sword and defending Meghan. Okay, adrenaline, I'll just say it was adrenaline. And then a couple pages later: "It's taking all my concentration not to faint." And then somehow he's on his feet and running and swinging his sword around again. And THEN, he's pretty much unconscious on a floor, barely able to speak, and then he gets up AGAIN and escapes out of these long tunnels. The ending felt terribly rushed, and it was riddled with continuity errors, such as when Meghan first wielded Ash's sword, her fingers burned from the ice. The second time, the ice wasn't even mentioned. I flipped back to the other scene for a while, but it didn't make sense.

    Not to mention, how this whole book parallels Labyrinth to a drastic degree. I almost thought Ash would come out in a scene wearing tight pants and start to sing.

    I'm being really harsh, I know. I guess I'm bitter because I LOVED (as in really really loved) the book until Ash go

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Best book ever!!!

    after reading the first page of reviews i was shocked at how many people didnt like this book. i have to tell you, THEY ARE WRONG!!!! this is one of the best books you can ever read i love the bit of romance, and this book also has alot of action! this book is by far the best i have ever read. i definatly reccomend this book!

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2010

    Interesting Idea, Boring Main Character

    The idea of an Iron King of the Fey is something I've never heard before. I thought that was really creative and certainly puts a spin on all the faerie stories I've ever read. However, the main character has really poor judgment. It was hard to watch her make silly decisions and do silly things when the reader knows so much better. Many of the other characters are interesting to read about--like Ash--but Meghan was exasperating.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Love this series

    At first i didnt think i was going to like this series but i wanted something new to read. Well...i was not able to put the books down once i started. Great series & i have been stalking the web for updates for when the next book is coming out. Highly recommending this series.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Absolutely terrible- writing, characters, and plot

    For one thing, the writing is absolutely horrible. It's extremely choppy and honestly seems like it's been written by a fifth grader, except for the kissing scenes, which are horribly detailed. Then the story. It's billed as a romantic adventure, but Meghan is just as passive and helpless as Bella, willing to let her boyfriends do all the work. In fact, just replace the fairies- sorry, "faeries" with werewolves and vampires and you'd get Twilight. Meghan never thinks for herself or even shows any sign of having a spine, let alone a brain. Her brother is acting really weird and almost kills their mother. Must be youthful high spirits. He climbs into a hot oven without burning himself. That's no reason for her to listen o her best friend (yep, that old cliche) and believe he's not really her brother but a demon who helped kidnap the real boy! Later, the best friend (whose hair magically changes from crimson to auburn throughout the books, because those are remotely the same color) is possibly dying, having almost given his life for her, and all she can think about is the mysterious handsome ice prince Ash. These "heroines" never go with the nice guy who has been there for them and will be there for them, but I digress. Later, she will break down when Ash pretends to be mean to her (something he warned her about in advance) and go into a COMA when she thinks he's ignoring her. A coma which she only leaves when she imagines he tells her to. In other words, if you enjoy books with no sentences longer than ten words and no words over five letters and so-called "heroines" who do nothing but cry over boys, this book is for you. If you like reading books with strong heroines who go on adventures and actually have brains, try someone more like Tamora Pierce. This book and all the others in the series are complete wastes of money.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2010

    negative

    i read this book on a recomendation from a friend. she was thrilled with it but me being a skeptic and cynical thought it was too predictable. it had themes from many other books i've read and it seemed to be too much like them. i got throught the first hundred pages and i had to put it down. from the first page i could tell* that puck wasn't human and neither was the girl. as soon as she entered "fairy land" or whatever and they were going to find the king, i could tell he'd be her father who supposedly died when she was young. sorry, but it was not suspenseful, thrilling, or mysterious. i do not recomend reading it unless you are looking for a simple read to pass the time and a cute story

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2011

    Dumb from the start with a bad role model

    The main character is unbelievably dumb from start to finish, this book is a joke. It is like Bella from Twilight as a pig farmer's daughter trying to save her brother, but is helpless with a capital H along the way. She's superficial with no substance, only liking the good-looking guy at school and then Ash, but only for his looks. Bad role model for teens.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Highly recommended -you have to check it out

    This story is very entertaining its a bizarre twist of an alice in wounder land sort of story.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Enthralling Faery Tale

    The world that Kagawa creates is wonderful, somewhere between A Midsummer Night's Dream and Peter Pan - an interesting, yet creepy and dangerous, faery tale world.

    On her 16th birthday, Meghan's brother gets kidnapped by Fey who leave a horrible changeling in his place. Meghan learns her best friend, Robbie, is also Fey and they set off into the Nevernever to rescue her brother. This is a terrible and magical place where danger lurks behind every corner and word spoken.

    It is so interesting how Kagawa juxtaposes Meghan's faery tail imagination with the harsh reality of the "real" faery world. I really felt for Meghan, willing to do anything to save her brother and trying to navigate her way through this unknown world where she doesn't know the rules. This new world is nothing like the one she had dreamed about.

    There is also the dichotomy created between Puck, Meghan's best friend and trickster of the Summer world, and Ash, the Ice prince. They are so different and it will be interesting to see how the triangle works itself out as the series goes on.

    Then there is the way Kagawa sets up the battle between imagination and technology. The regular Fey rely on imagination and songs being sung about them to survive. The new Iron Fey are a result of technology and modern beliefs and cannot cohabitate with the older, more traditional fey.

    I highly recommend this book. The world created is wonderful, descriptive and vivid. The story is engaging. Those who like faeries are sure to like this book, along with those who like romance and love triangles. This is a fun book that is easy to read and transports you easily into its world.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    Younger audience than YA

    I dunno. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't very good. I think it's for a much younger audience. The characters were flat. The story was convenient and predictable. Once I got about a third of the way through, I started skipping all the narrative and just skimming the dialogue to get a gist of what happened, and I don't feel like I missed anything.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Brilliant!

    What can I say about this wonderful book? First, the whole idea of the Iron Fae was brilliant and masterful. I really do enjoy it when an author can take a topic over-used and turn it into an original piece of fiction. Some reviews stated they couldn't believe how the main character acted. That's ridiculous--she's a teenager whose only problems in life are school, friends, and family (not in that order). Meghan Chase ends up turning into a very mature, self-sacrificing adult. Maybe some people have their lives so together that they never make rash decisions like poor Meghan, but I'd probably be just as impulsive as she was. Regardless, she was a character that brought out many emotions in me.

    Puck was a delightful character as well, and his sense of humor was a great relief. It was a perfect mix between him, Meghan, and Ash.

    All I can say about sexy Ash except YUMMY! It's totally Romeo/Juliet and what can I say? I'm a sucker for that crap. Forbidden love and all that jazz.

    This was a beautiful book and I can't wait to continue on in this world that Julie Kagawa brought to vivid, stunning life. Bravo!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    I luv it

    Im in love with this book. Team Ash

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

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    Nothing like Need, this book's unique

    I know most people have already read this series, but sometimes I'm a late bloomer (or whatever), what can I say? Anyway, I've heard such amazing things about the series that I decided to give it a try, and I'm glad I did. The Iron King was an entertaining read that kept me turning the pages. The pacing was a bit slow for my tastes, and the romance wasn't the best, but overall, I really enjoyed this book.

    The characters were well-developed and flawed, but likable. My favorite character is Grimalkin. I am partial to cats, so that's one reason that he's my favorite, but the feline type personality details that Kagawa put into this character are amazing. This isn't a humanized talking cat. He iss still very much a feline, and he just happens to talk. I also enjoyed Puck's lightheartedness and Ash's cold, yet somehow endearing, personality. Meghan is all right. The narration is first person POV, so I got to know her very well. Her growth as a character over the course of the novel is obvious, and I liked that. However, she just doesn't blow me away. She's a bit boring. I hope she becomes more exciting in the following books. Boring or not, I still liked her, though.

    The pacing of the book is what really got on my nerves. Everything dragged along. There was one fight scene that I thought was going to last forever. I totally zoned out in the middle of it and when I started paying attention again, the fight scene was still going on. I was like, "seriously? Isn't it over yet? This is boring." When I think a fight scene is boring, that is not good. Normally, I love action, but the action in this book was somehow extremely boring. I think there was more telling than showing and that's why. Either way, I don't feel that writing action scenes is Kagawa's strong suit.

    The romance also really irritated me. I would have liked to have seen more interaction between Meghan and Ash in order to believe they loved each other. I mean I'm not faerie expert. Maybe they do insta-love in faerie land, who knows. All I know is that Meghan should have at least thought about Ash some before she kissed him and decided she couldn't live without him. That was a bit ridiculous to me. However, I'm willing to go with it and see what happens. She's only 16. Maybe it's infatuation that will lead to love. Who knows. I'm trying to be open minded here.

    The plot itself was intriguing, and that and the character development are the two things that kept me turning the pages. I read this book in one day, and I wasn't bored most of the time. I haven't read a ton of faerie books, so this concept was unique and interesting to me. I know that Kagawa pulled things from Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Peter Pan, but she pretty much admits that by referencing those works. When an author borrows from something but references it, I don't get that irritated about it. No idea is original, and if you're wiling to admit where the idea came from, then you're all right in my book. Anyway, I enjoyed the mixture of previous ideas and Kagawa's original material. She blended them together nicely.

    Overall, I liked this book, and I will be continuing the series. I would recommend The Iron King to fans of The Wicked Lovely series, for sure, as well as fans of Alice in Wonderland. I'm looking forward to reading The Iron Daughter next.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2011

    Why are you lying

    This book has so many good review that I would hate to have a few bad reviews ruin a good book.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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