The biggest problem with this book was that the author used a very childish and simple method of storytelling. The characters had no development or personality. The main character was a whiny 16 year old that had parents that didn't care about her and would forget her birthday. But in the end her stepfather drove around for 3 months from dusk till dawn looking for her. That is just one example of the many contradictions that broke the book. The only character with any kind of personality at all was the cat, yet, like many of her characters they seem to be lackluster copies of characters from Alice in Wonderland.
She could have fleshed out her characters entirely using character sheets. Given them personalities and character growth. Her big character growth after being almost killed and chased and thousands of other problems was to not be as worried when girls made fun of her. It seems like after having gone through multiple life threatening situations she would have been more prepared to deal with those nasty people.
Often, when using the main characters voice, it sounded VERY whiny.
The faery prince, the main character, and entire summer court.
The premise of this book looked so promising! Chapter after chapter of really unhappy circumstances with out a true friend to be found! Really it gets tiring when there is not one happy minute in the book, not even in the end. Just terrible beings, doing terrible things. If the beings appear friendly or kind, it is only so they can get something out of the main character. Just not a happy book.
If you have ever listened to Inkspell or Harry Potter --- you will enjoy this. Fun story line and great characters to follow..
The books target audience looks to be for teenager so if your teenager you're probably like this book but for older audience not too sure lease for me did not do really.
Yes, Khristine Hvam did an excellent job.
There were so many....but I would have to say the most memorable was when Ash promised to lead Megan to the Iron King and almost died in doing so.
Fabulous performance all the way around. I heard every character loud and clear and loved them all because of her performance.
I think this series has a lot of potential. However there were many points within the story where I became fed up with Megan's rash actions, the inability to listen to offered explanations of the unfamiliar world in which she finds herself. However I guess there would not be a story if not for this character flaw.
Also the romantic aspect of this story was trite, expected, and shallow. Almost twilight-ish: oooh, sexy bad boy, who is technically centuries older than megan, and often poses a threat to her and somehow ... its love.... I will continue reading, because I like the fey world which the writer has created. I hope that other aspects of the story live up to their potential.
It starts out pretty slow but once you give it some time you will get caught up in it.
Really compelling storyline--a little bit different from the norm. This author created a believable world filled with fey and danger. I enjoyed the intricate storyline and in depth characterization.
T. R. Graves, Author
Let me start off by saying The Iron King is a wonderfully written book, and Julie Kagawa has created a great new world within it. It took me a little longer than usual to really get into it, but that was about me and not the book or the author. Once the story took a turn and Meghan Chase and Puck made it to the world of fairies, I was forced to ignore my day-to-day stresses and focus fully on the story.
Meghan is my favorite kind of heroine. She cares more about her family's and friend's safety more than her own. She proves this time and time again in ways that make the story interesting and intriguing...and worth continuing.
I love the triangle between Meghan, Prince Ash, and Puck and look forward to seeing Puck's next move. He does not seem like the kind of man to go down without a long and hard fought battle.
This book is so good that I immediately bought the next three in the series in order to find out where Meghan's promises - and heart - take her next.
T. R. Graves, Author
Warriors of the Cross, Guardians of the Cross, and Enemies of the Cross
Megan Chase, half human and half daughter of a summer faerie king, learns of this true heritage on the day she turns 16. Suddenly immersed into a world of faeries, goblins, and even a dour magical cat, she braves the unknown all in an effort to save her four-year old brother, Ethan. She faces her father, the Summer King, for the first time, as well as meets Winter Prince, Ash. Ultimately she faces the Iron King, the newest in the cast of faeries, in order to save the fate of the Winter and Summer faerie courts. The book successfully suspends the reader's belief system as Julie Kagawa creates a faerie world which you can join right along with Megan Chase. She finds things out about herself, and her dual nature, although that aspect of her character, and powers, are not developed as well as they could be. You find yourself wondering why she hasn't figured it out yet, or why she forgets what she already knows. The love interest between her and Ash is appropriate for 16, although some of the danger she faces makes you raise an eyebrow; however, when compared to television shows it's probably minor league. The plot moves along nicely, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. Khristine Hyam does a fabulous job reading the tale. I highly recommend the book and the series.