While this is a young adult story, I gave it a shot because the ratings and reviews were good. I'm glad I did. Meghan, a high-school girl, is realistic without being overly mature or immature. She is uncertain, naive, and lacks confidence in many ways - all of which you would expect of a person her age. However, as you would also expect in an YA, she leaps before thinking but has a strong inner compas and boundary on what she accepts as right and wrong. As an adult, I found the story entertaining and appreciated the author keeping the traditional names and characteristics of the various Fey while adding a new, modern twist.
I loved how much research the author did into the many types of fae and incorporated that into her book. In addition to the multitude of fae, she also included many of the characters from "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Oberon, Titania, and Puck live again in this series and I'm ecstatic to see them brought to life again in modern times.
If I could have, then I would have loved to listen to this book in one sitting. You don't discover what has happened to one of the characters until almost the very end, it keeps you in suspense as to how everything will work out. Even the end makes you want to listen to the next book immediately.
I have a love/hate relationship with Young Adult (YA) books. While some people believe that your teenage years are the “golden years”, I heartily disagree. Even though I did have fun and I had great friends, I found those years painful and awkward. Teenagers can be emotional, hormonal, bratty, sarcastic, and self-centered. I was no exception, and I often cringe when I think back on my actions and behaviors. I have found myself wishing I could go back and slap some sense into my teenage self. Not that it would have worked. Teenage me would have rolled her eyes and, with a heavy sigh, told adult me to mind my own business. And that is precisely my problem with some YA books. They can be a painful reminder of my teenage attitude and blundering, and I would rather not dwell on that.
So, I felt a little hesitant about listening to The Iron King. Would the protagonist be a whiny, eye-rolling teenager? Would I want to yell at her? However, I love fantasy books, and the plot sounded good, so I decided to give it a try. For the most part, I was pleasantly (and thankfully) surprised.
Meghan Chase lives in rural Louisiana. Her father disappeared when she was young, and her mother remarried and had another child with her new husband. The family is poor and lives outside of town. The other students at her high school refer to her as the weird swamp girl. She only has one friend, Puck, although she knows little about him.
One day, Meghan’s little brother is abducted. Puck confesses he is a fairy that has been sent to watch over her. They learn that Meghan’s brother has been taken by fey creatures to the Never Never. Meghan convinces Puck to take her to the Never Never to rescue her brother. While there, she discovers her real heritage and lands in the middle of a struggle between opposing groups of fey.
The story borrows several themes from mythology and other tales. However, the author adds her own unique spin by combining steampunk elements and the effects of modern humans on the Never Never. As a huge fan of steampunk, I greatly appreciated those touches. While Meghan definitely acts like a teenager, she isn’t overly dramatic or self-centered. She experiences inconsistencies and indecision, like most teens. Sometimes, she is strong and self-assured, other times, she depends heavily on those around her. But through it all, she follows her moral and inner code. She stays focused on helping rescue her brother, and she shows empathy for those around her.
The book starts out slow, but once Meghan arrives in the Never Never, things get rolling. My biggest complaint was the narration. The narration of many of the male voices sounded almost like a caricature. I found most of the male voices annoying, especially those of the males in Louisiana. Southern males DO NOT sound like that. That detail left ME rolling my eyes.
The Iron King is book 1 in the Iron Fey series which currently includes 4 books and 3 novellas. I enjoyed this book enough to continue with the series. I’ve already purchased book 2. However, I would only recommend this book for fans of fantasy or YA books. If those are not the droids you’re seeking, than this book is not for you.
Sure. I could give her a chance because I'm a sucker for paranormal romantic novels.
not exactly but I don't mind doing it in one sitting especially towards the end of the book.
The story was pretty slow in the first half of the book. I guess the author wanted to add some mystery to the novel. Also, the first half of the book is more for the giggly teenage girls than for a young adult in her early 20s, but it does get better. There were times when I wanted to throw up in the first chapters but I got over it.
Yes, it is well written and interesting.
Throne of Glass
Puck and Ash.
It is a easy, predictable book that you can easy follow even when distracted. It was well written and has more action then I would expect.
Khristine Hvam, one of the best I have heard. She puts such feeling into the voices.
I loved the idea of the Iron Fey and how they come about.
This was my first of hers, but it won't be the last. I plan on looking for more of her books. She is great!
What would you do for family?
great book and series!
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
YEEESSSS!!!! This book was “Alice in Wonderland” meets “Labyrinth” meets “Percy Jackson”. In other words, it was GREAT! I was sucked in from the very beginning! There was so much action and adventure that I wanted to listen to this audiobook all in one sitting, and would have if time would have permitted. The characters, concepts and the Nevernever World were completely mesmerizing.
It's a 3way tie -- Meghan was such a wonderful character and I loved watching her come into her own. She grew up and gained so much strength and independence. It was very refreshing as I hate weak women in books. I love her selflessness.
I love Puck’s bluntness and sense of humor as well as the fact that he’s always there for Meghan. What a whimsical character! "Will it be dangerous?" "Oh, extremely. That's what makes it fun. You can die in so many interesting ways - skewered on a glass sword, dragged underwater and eaten by a kelpie, turned into a spider or a rosebush, for all time."
Ash is your typical male character (good-looking) from every fantasy book. The brooding hot guy with vulnerabilities. And ooooo I am happy about it! I was never quite sure if he was going to kill Meghan or kiss her! Epic kiss scene btw.
I loved her voices of all the different creatures. She did a fantastic job!!!
Whenever I think of Ash and Puck fighting all I can picture is the scene from 21 Jump Street – “Have some fairy dust, b****!” LOL
I still haven’t figured out yet if I’m Team Puck or Team Ash.
Now onto the 2nd book!
While I generally love YA fantasy reads, I couldn't get into this one because I did not like the main character, Meghan Chase.
In this genre, I'll probably listen to "Poison Study" (for the second time) next. I purchased the other books in this series, but after struggling to finish this one, I will not be listening to them.
Meghan, the narrator as well as main character, came across as whiny and bratty. This may may have to do, in part, with how her sections were read. Hvam did, however, do an excellent job distinguishing between characters and gave some of the characters excellent voices.
The way the book spun off the character framework from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was interesting and a lot of the secondary characters were intriguing- I just found Meghan Chase too annoying to enjoy the the book.