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
EOD wife and loving mother!!!
I have listened to this book several times and enjoy listening to it with my 12 year old. It has a nice mix of fantasy and suspense. There is some romance but nothing over the top. Teens and adults can both enjoy this series.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It is a YA, however it did not seem like one, because of its very serious story line. It is a good fantasy that is fast moving with credible and interesting characters. I will be continuing with the series.
I truly enjoyed the story. It is rich and vast and filled with wonder.
The narrator, Khristine Hvam's performance got me completely entranced from the beginning. She is phenomenal. I believe I will search for books narrated by her simply because her talent truly and accurately brings the story to life.
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.