I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
I lost count of how many times I said "Idiot" outloud while driving. This book was promising but everything in it was taken from better writers or movies. The main girl is horribly shallow, and the cast of characters are so Storytelling 101. Oh, and speaking of 101, despite interesting worldbuilding (which was mostly already done for the author - see title of my review) there were random contradictions sprinkled throughout the book.
My first instinct was to give this book a chance - after all, I do like all the movies/plays/books I listed as this author's inspiration. But after the first bit where the girl thinks something to the effect of "today, super-cute quarterback guy will finally notice me" I knew it was downhill from there. Damsels in distress are okay every now and then as long as they aren't idiotic to the point of lameness. This girl had one thing after another happen and while she appreantly has enough brains to tutor people in computers, she has no common sense to spare and is like a doe running in headlights for most of the book.
Despite all this, I heard the other books get better and I am intrigued by the world despite the horrid main character and I'll probably keep going. Oh Shakespeare, what I do for you.
and Jason Potts
This is the 3rd audiobook I have ever listened to and I absolutely loved it! It was extremely well done. Khristine Hvam did an amazing job with the voices, pacing, everything. The story was very good. Kagawa does a beautiful job building a unique, yet believable Faery world. I adored this story and the rest of the series. The Iron Fey has become one of my favorite series to date. Highly recommend at least starting with the audiobook as there are a lot of gaelic terms that could be difficult to pronounce which slows down reading. =)
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
I really like this story but some of the parts are frustrating. She is a little slow and getting things but it still is a great story. It is read Very well. I am looking forward to the next book.
Of course! It is a unique story that combines the upsurge of technology and waning of imagination and folklore in a fairyland setting!
I loved the Fey characters and the Ever, Ever world! Megan Chase really comes into her own as a heroine who is half human and half Fae. Her love of her brother, Ethan and persistence in trying to rescue him from Faery World is inspiring! It reminds me a lot of the movie "The Labyrinth" with David Bowie where he steals her baby half-brother to lure her to his world because he is in love with her. Combining that with the technological fey and Shakespeare's Faery court made it a wonderfully rich with adventure!
it's a book that you won't want to put down. I hope that all of the books in the series will be on audio. and that audiobooks will carry them. I would recomend this book to anyone I know.
Ok story line, not a riveting book where you can't put it down. Will read the next one to see if it develops more. Wish the author had more of a sense of humor. Something I would listen to full the gap if I did not have something else that I know was better such as a book written by Brandon Sanderson - Mistborn or Jim Butcher - Dresden Files.
The Iron King has a decent plot, unfortunately crippled by trite and cliched writing. And the unnecessary repetition of information or the obvious bogged down the narrative. Teens are clearly the target audience, but it was both incongruous and disrupting when an F bomb or other adult language surfaced in the dialogue. A really good editor could have shaped this into a good story. I'm also disturbed to find that short stories (under 2 hours of audio) comprise the series at a credit apiece, so it's a extremely poor value proposition to invest in this series.
I liked the book but this narrator needs to not swallow her spit so loudly lol.. That noise grates on my nerves ! But other than that it was excellent