The Iron King (Iron Fey Series #1)

The Iron King (Iron Fey Series #1)

by Julie Kagawa
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The Iron King (Iron Fey Series #1) by Julie Kagawa


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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373210084
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Series: Iron Fey Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 48,698
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.96(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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

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The Iron King (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1310 reviews.
wicked_walker More than 1 year ago
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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
m_sMS More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Amber Freeman More than 1 year ago
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.
PlumPudding More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is very entertaining its a bizarre twist of an alice in wounder land sort of story.
Lolafalana More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im in love with this book. Team Ash
Coreena More than 1 year ago
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.
Jenny_Geek More than 1 year ago
I have a ridiculous love for this book (and the series). I felt like it blended in the fantasy and the reality so well. And I completely loved that the faeries were characters from Shakespeare. It doesn't make a huge impact on the plot (or else I need to brush up on my Shakespeare), but the characters were a blend of familiar and unfamiliar due to that. Meghan gets involved in situations that are well beyond her understanding, and she shows incredible strength. I loved her determination, that even though what she had to go through was scary and life threatening, but she didn't let it stop her. And Ash....oh Ash. Hotness in a faerie times infinity. The struggle that the characters go through, the tension between them, it was all so well written and developed in this story. If you can't tell, I'm completely hooked on this series. I physically own the first three books in paperback, and even though I will be reviewing the fourth via my e-reader, once it comes out in October I will be purchasing that one in paperback to add to my series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I am not knocking this style of writing because there is so much out there in this fantasy genre, but I just am not a huge fan of it. But I did like how Meghan had to really work to keep herself from falling apart while searching the Nevernever for her younger brother Ethan. The mythical creatures that she encounters on her travels blow the mind. And the ending is one that makes tears come to your eyes, but the rest of the novels will pick up Meghan's story as well. Like I said, its a great story, but not one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the world created in this book. Nevernever is the land of faeries: elfs, satyrs, dryads, dragons, and more. I thought it was very interesting. It made me want to know more about it. Meghan Chase shows loyalty and love, but also fear and sorrow. She is well rounded. She has the kind of personality i could get along with and she proves that all through the book series. The others are great too. Everyone has a reason for being the person they are, though they also change and have well rounded personalities as well. There is a good speed to this book. Each book in this series has its own full plot that will give you a cliff hanger, but wont drop you in the middle of the story. All the books have a good length (250+ pages). The love interest part of this story is wonderful. The guy is great and sweet and you could really fall in love with him. But to be very honest my first opinion of this book was that if you knew of a better book you should read it first but i think most people would like this book too. (If you do read this book youre just going to love puck!!!!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What the hell is wrong with some of you people all I see are some weird people writing comments on a book they've never even read
MyUrbanFantasies More than 1 year ago
Review originally posted on My Urban Fantasies. (myurbanfantasies.blogspot) The fey are born from the dreams and fears of mortals. As long as a fey is remembered they will remain immortal. The fey live in the Nevernever. Some choose to go back and forth between our world and theirs. Here they can feed off the dreams, emotions and talents of mortals. The only things harmful to the fey in our world is technology and iron. What would happen if our dreams turned to technology and science? A new kind of fey is born. The iron fey. As our success with technology continues, we dream bigger and better ideas. But the iron fey are poison to the other fey and the Nevernever. Other than the obvious, being made of iron, the iron fey are too logical. Cold. Passionless. There are several things about The Iron King that I liked. The imagery is beautiful. The storyline is interesting. The characters are strong. I love Puck's sarcastic personality. Ash is cold, yet completely scrumptious. It really is a good book. So why a low rating? There's just one thing that made a huge negative impact for me. Meghan Chase is on a mission to save her brother Ethan. Sounds like an urgent matter, something that should be completed rather quickly right? Apparently not. There is no sense of urgency in The Iron King. Meghan could complete her mission in five days or fifty years and you get the feeling the outcome would remain the same. While this was more than a minor annoyance to me, I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ethan is so cute he reminds me of cousin albert
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For you people who think this book is is too fast paced, you guys are a bunch of freakin retards. What mommy didnt teach you how to read? And for you people who think this book is innaproppret, too scary, and has too much foul langage what did you expect from a teenage book? Dont't ruin this book by comparing it to twlight!! I hate that book!!! So shut up about how this book is too hard and READ IT!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read four of these books and i fell in love with them i love the charecters i hope she gets ash cause i want puck to myself seriosly i still go to bed prayin puck will magicly pop out of the book he is awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite all time fairy books.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series! The books are well-written, clean, and Julie Kagawa keeps her plots fresh and interesting. One of the elements in this story that really grabbed and held my interest was Puck. The author brought in Shakespeare's Puck and turned him into one of the central characters. I actually went and read A Midsummer Night's Dream because of this book! Having Puck in a story like this is not usually done in books of this genre, and it was very fun to see him brought to life like this. Kagawa also gives subtle nods to other famous fairy-tale legends (a certain grinning cat, anyone) but does so in a way that works FOR the story rather then AGAINST it. All in all, this book was a jewel of a find and I would highly recommend that you give it a try!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg,this book is awesome!!!!!! You have to get it......NOW!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so I didn't read the whole thing. I got through the preview then decided I'd look through the reviews, which I have to say make me very doubtful. I have to agree with the critique of the writing, honestly it's bland. This girl is supposed to be sixteen, but she sounds more like a twelve year old girl that speaks like a five year old. Even her "prankster-friend" and their whole thing is so... Predictable? Weak? Unoriginal? I don't know. I just couldn't get into it. I've read a lot of urban fantasy and things like this, that whole paranormal-romance genre, this sadly just didn't capture my attention. Maybe if the writing was better, and actually got me to picture what was happening and didn't feel so rushed, I'd ignore theh bad reviews and purchase it. Sorry though, just not feeling this one.