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Short Description for The Iron King Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she finally discovers why. For when her half-brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she had never imagined--the world of Faery. Original.
- Published: 01 February 2010
- Format: Paperback 363 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780373210084 ISBN 10: 0373210086
- Sales rank: 3,358
Reviews for The Iron King
The Iron King, by Julie Kagawa
Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com)
FINALLY! I finally read this. I've been meaning to since before it came out. I've been wanting to read this amazing book for so, so long and I have finally done it. This was one of those books that I knew from the very beginning--since reading the summary for the first time--that I was going to love it. I wasn't wrong. I was definitely not wrong.
You are captured from the very beginning. You are sucked into Meghan's world as a normal teenage girl, who has normal teenage problems. She's not popular, she's not rich, and she has family problems. She's not handed anything she wants.
Meghan started out as a timid character. She didn't know who she truly was, I mean yeah, she catches a glimpse of shadows here and there and she sees some things one minute and then blinks and their gone, but she was just "Whatever" about it. But then as it gets closer to her sixteenth birthday it keeps getting stranger and stranger until her sixteenth birthday and then she's sucked into this world she didn't know existed. And she starts learning more about herself, and she starts blossoming and growing into this new, stronger, fierce person. But it didn't happen overnight or in the blink of an eye, it gradually happened and the pacing was great!
There were so many times in this book that I was just like, "No! That can't happen!" and yes, it was something the reader would be pissed that would happen, but it had to happen. Sometimes authors don't show that enough. Sometimes it seems like the readers are just handed what they wanted, and that isn't always right.
Everything was so realistic. Yes, it's fantasy, and there are fantastical creatures in it, but it was real to me. And dark! It was a lot darker and twisted than I thought. I never expected it at all! Never! And I absolutely adored it! There were a few things in here that I recognize from other fae books I've read and it really has me curious! I know that it has some references to A Midsummer's Night Dream, but I'm really curious if there is more of a legend going. So I'm going to research that soon.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. I loved it and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of The Iron Daughter. I will be putting that on hold from my library as soon as possible. It has a very high standard to live up to. Just sayin'! I know I'll love it. by Amanda
30 Nights Insomniac Reviews
I expected a lot from this first installment in the series "The Iron Fey" mainly because so many people recommend it. I'm not sure where I stand yet with the entire series - after all, I've only read the first one - but I what I have is an opinion about this book.
I won't say I didn't like it because that would be lying. It had all the elements a great YA novel needs: a slightly faulty but likeable heroine, a parallel world, a love triangle and of course a villain. There was just this little something lacking that would have mad it my favorite series ever.
But some gushing first. How asdfsjdgo-awesome is Ash? It's not like the love triangle was hard to spot (although I don't think it's much of a triangle in The Iron King yet and more of a line... I'm sensing it, though, and since people are either on Team Ash or another team (:P) I'm pretty sure there is a triangle) but Ash is so dreamy! And a prince! And so selfless! And a little grudge-holding-ly but okay.
The principle of evil faeries is hardly new, but I still liked the way they were portrayed in this book. It seemed more real somehow, it's hard to explain. [And I know I would have started to bitch at the kitchen lady, if I had been sent there.]
Especially the last few pages kept me sitting on the edge of my seat and I read them as fast as I could, really wanting to know what would happen. This is the ideal situation, really. But now that I write the review, I noticed that I'm not super giddy about the sequel. Sure, I want to read it. But not nearly as much as, say, Fever by Lauren DeStefano. So obviously something doesn't sit right with me, but I can't out my finger on it.
Still, since I enjoyed it, had my fun with the characters and like the worldbuilding, it obviously gets the rating it deserves. I can hardly take away too many points for an issue I can't even name. by Jill Barrakling
Beautiful world, disappointing characters
Meghan Chase was about to turn sixteen when she meets the enchanting world of the fae and discovers she's the daughter of the Summer Court king. Then, her brother's abducted and she goes out into the Nevernever to save him.
This book was so amusing, a really entertaining and interesting read. I loved the storyline, and it got better and better until the end. The ending of this book is perfect. The only thing I though was kinda off, was the romance. It was too fast, too rushed. In a second they were totally in love and in the other he was being a bitch.
The thing I liked the most about the book was the world in which it was set. Kagawa develops a beautiful world of fae, that I just imagine as being visually stunning! It's just so wonderfully described, and I find Julie Kagawa's writing so compelling that in a second, the world was materializing in my head.
I liked Grimalkin a lot. He was hilarious, dark and intelligent at the same time. I didn't like Meghan as much - I found her too stereotyped as the girl that would give up everything for the ones she loved, but I enjoyed her anyways. Puck and Ash were enjoyable, but still way too stereotyped for my taste, although I liked Puck better, I must admit. The supporting characters were amazing though, specially the Iron fae.
Overall, Kagawa made a wonderful job at writing this first novel, building an amazing world and filling it with disappointing characters and an excellent storyline.
Anyway, I rate this book four stars, mostly for the wonderful world building and plot, even though the characters and relationships let me down. by Mika
Bad role model for teens
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. by amy
Overhyped and Disappointing
I had to read Iron King because I teach teens. This has got to be one of the worst series for teens. The girl has a terrible relationship with her mother and stepfather. She is in love with a much older fairy man whose only description is he is dangerous but handsome. I read the reviews on Iron King before writing one and women are saying they "cream" when they read his description. This is a teen book??? If these women can "cream" when they read his description that is pathetic. He doesn't even treat Meghan well. by Dinah
Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com
Meghan Chase doesn't feel she has a place in her life. At home, her stepfather seems to forget her more often than not, and at school the popular kids tease her for her family's backcountry ways. Her only comforts are her one friend, Robbie, who always seems to be there when she needs him, and her little brother, Ethan, who adores her.
But on her sixteenth birthday, Ethan is stolen away, and Robbie reveals he's something far beyond a human boy. He gives Meghan the choice: forget everything out of the ordinary she's seen, or enter a world she can hardly believe is real.
Knowing she can't abandon Ethan, Meghan plunges head first into a dangerous realm of fae and magic. But the Never Never holds more frightening things than even her guide knows, and Meghan may be the key to protecting not just her brother, but the entire land.
THE IRON KING makes for a welcome addition to the crowded shelves of YA urban fantasy. Its unique take on faerie lore will make it stand out in readers' minds, and the well-paced action and suspense will keep them glued to the page. Some may find the personality of the romantic lead to be overly changeable, but just as many will feel their pulse fluttering right along with Meghan's.
The first in a trilogy, the novel wraps up its main conflicts in a satisfying way, while leaving ample room for further adventures in the sequels. Recommended to all fans of fantasy. by TeensReadToo
Team ASH.. ( www.novelsontherun.blogspot.com )
I am more of a 3.5 - 4 stars for this book..inbetween... I liked it and I really liked it. Julie has a great imagination. I will read Winters Passage next the ebook then go onto The Iron Daughter. Hmmm I am liking the book I am!! but I need to think about the words I want to use for this review as I am an honest reviewer and I have certain reasons for my review star ratings. It has a beautiful cover and is worth a read.
I had similar reading experience with Need and Captivate by Carrie Jones.
To me personally, there is the 'Alice in Wonderland' , possibly 'Narnia' and admittedly 'Midnight Summers Dream' characters/feel. I had to ponder if younger readers actually knew the Midnight Summers Dream , characters..I am a bit out of the loop so I didn't.
'Grimalkin', your invisible cat/side kick character I enjoyed but sometimes I wished Ash or Puck was in his place in some of the storyline. Maybe Ash more than Puck as I am a bit of Team Ash at this stage. I would have liked reading Ash definantly earlier on in the book.
The 'f' bomb ( the one that rhymes with Puck) does get dropped once and a bit of less language for those who need to know. I being 41 don't care a hoot but just saying....
Loads of fey and creatures in this book, Faerie Courts and well a smexi lad and a prankster/bff lad who you can decide what team you are on. I personally for some unknown reason turn to the smexi lad.
I had to laugh and seriously laughed at the Bluetooth wearing Iron King...hmmm..*giggle* ( Would it be okay to assume , that you would be out of range in another realm). This is an adventure that sometimes had you in and out of the mortal world. Ethan / Changeling..well Changeling was a hoot with his evil little ways..quite a crack up.
All in all its a good little read for the fey loving readers , sometimes it appears for the younger reader and then sometimes it appears for a marginally older crowd with the mortal getting groped in the club and the would be ermmm can't say what I want to call them..lets just say the group of fey lads that wanted to assault Meghan in the park.
The artwork on all the covers are very pretty. There is a 3rd book The Iron Queen due 2011. by Michelle Auricht
- Top review
A Bit Drab
In terms of a main character, Meghan didn't seem all that spectacular. Truly, she seemed more like a gal along for the ride. Very few things she did altered the turn of events. I would have liked her to play a more active role.
I found the plot unoriginal. It was like reading bits and pieces of popular works. For example, it included aspects of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan's "I do believe in fairies," the importance of faith in Narnia, and Dorothy's journey to get back home in the Wizard of Oz. Now the lack of originality didn't make the novel bad. Rather it just was not spectacular because it'd already been done.
I also found the story to be more event driven than plot or character driven at times. I think if a few scenes had been cut, it would have held my attention a bit longer. It comes back to the question: How does this scene drive the story forward?
One item I really think the Iron King had going for it was clever dialogue, both internal and spoken. Silly at times, but I definitely enjoyed the banter. by Reena Jacobs
I was easily swept away into the faery world. I read through this book with imagery of a Tim Burton film translation and found it to be a wonderful read that I can so clearly see as a movie.
Being a YA series, I wondered if the use of A Midsummer Nights Dream would be understood by many - though by the end of the book Julie may just have stirred up interest in younger readers with Puck to pick up the original and give it a chance - always giving more hope to the classics is great.
The forbidden love between Meghan and Ash is sure to be interesting reading in The Iron Daughter. Though I am sure Ash will be as cold as his Winter Court in the presence of Queen Mab.
The loyalty from Puck/Robbie is wonderful and I certainly felt the love he had for Meghan. There has to be a Puck - Meghan - Ash love triangle in there somewhere!
The Nevernever and it's occupants have been described with such detail that it would be hard not to have a fantastic fantasy fueled vision. by Marissa Cahill
An Excellent Novel!
I have nothing bad to say about this book, really. The Iron King was fantastic! I love Julie's writing style, and I mean it when I say the front part of the book spooked my out. Meghan was a nice, well-liked character, and I was really amazed at how far she was willing to go to get her [kidnapped] half-brother back. She exuded intelligence and unswerving determination even though she had to face various obstacles on her journey to the magical realm to save her brother.
The Iron King is not a book about cute and adorable faeries. In the fey world, Meghan learned that most fey are abominable and that nothing is free. When you request for a help, you must know that you have to return the favour some day.
I thought that the cait sith, Grimilkin was an interesting character. He was earnest in helping Meghan to find Puck in exchange for a small favour, but only when he met Oberon, the King of the Summer Court did I realize that he was actually aiming for Oberon because he knew that Meghan was the daughter of Oberon. However, I don't think he was a bad character. He was just mysterious, elusive and calculative.
Meghan's relationship with her fey-friend Puck a.k.a. Robbin Goodfellow and love interest Ash a.k.a. the third prince of the Winter Court is one of the major aspects in this book. While I was glad that Puck's mischievous yet caring and supporting character provided fun and comfort for Meghan, I was even touched by Ash's willingness to trade his life for Meghan's in The Iron King's fortress, even though he did it in the name of his contract with her. I somehow figured out that he was in love with Meghan, and I was hoping he would have a happy ending with Meghan in the future, despite the serious affection that Puck, his sworn-enemy, obviously had for her.
Thumbs up for the great plot! The author inserted a lot of twists and turns throughout the story and it kept me interested the whole time. Each chapter ends with a clue of what is going to happen next or a last line that will will implore readers to read more, regardless of the time. The writing has a constant flow that will make you read with ease and excitement. As the plot builds, you will find yourself entranced by the beauty and danger of the Fey world.
Overall, The Iron King is a wonderful, fascinating depiction of the Fey world through the eyes of a half-fey. Julie presents a strong, solid opening with The Iron King, and I'll definitely be reading The Iron Daughter to see what will Julie present in this second book of the The Iron Fey trilogy. by Aik