Meghan Chase has a secret destiny - one she could never have imagined….
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.
©2010 Julie Kagawa (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
“The Iron King is a must read!” (New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter)
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I got the first book in this series during one of Audible's many buy one get one events. As an avid Audible addict, I've listened to literally hundreds of books (nearing 300+ at the time of this review). As the old saying goes, don't judge a book by it's fairy cover; ok I added the fairy part. At first glance it looked child-like and whimsical; which in a lot of ways is something I like, plus I love getting into series because it's more entertainment with characters you've already built a good rapport with. As long as the author throws in some variety to their writing style and doesn't beat a dead horse into the ground reviewing the same materials, not to worry that is not a problem in this series.
On second glance, cover is beautiful and aptly designed for the book. Though I didn't imagine Megan looking like the cover; at least not in the first book. This story has magic, love, a twist of fate, palaces, adversaries, and kingdoms at odds. Our fairy princes and her beau must save the world and lose much in the process. What will she lose? That is for you to find out in the book.
One thing I don't get is that the author insists they are bound by their fey promises but they don't always seem to be; maybe I'm just being legalistic or picky... but I kept catching ways to get out of things or word plays that she could have played up a lot more. Semantics.
If you enjoy this type of tale I recommend:
The Wicked series, even if you've already seen Wizard of Oz, this series will catch you buy surprise and is not what you expect. There are kingdoms and magic. Even love in unexpected places.
Deborah Geary's Modern Witch series is not about fairies but it is a modern tale of love, family, and magic. You have to enjoy good witch books for this to fit your tastes.
The Hobbit, it's nothing quite like the movies.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Modern day love, world being taking over by big brother, a fight with unusual genetic powers that sound fanciful and interesting to listen about.
Endless Knight, Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Winter Witch (all good books of similar genre that I just don't feel like writing about here. Just read my other reviews from my listener page if you are interested).
Of Poseidon/Of Triton - this is about mermaids, love, magic, and protecting family. It's a coming of age tale that would also be consider YA.
Without giving too much away, I will say that this book falls into a lot of standard troupes for pre-teen girl fantasy. The main character is a girl who is thrust out of the normal world into a fantastical one where she is harrowed by magical things she doesn't understand, but later comes to realize she has a power stronger than all. This book also involves dueling love interests, possible betrayals, and a number of sequels.
What I liked:
The idea of a third kingdom, the Iron Kingdom, being the magic of the future. Technology and gremlins, this idea that magic is not dead, just alive in a new way really appeals to me.
What I didn't like:
Having finished the book, I don't really remember any of the characters, just that they fit in the roles of "main girl who is fighting the good fight, but constantly in distress" or "broody super-hot boy whom main girl will eventually fall in love with and melt his frozen betrayed heart" and also "Alternate love interest who is funny and supportive, but will never get any"
In Summary, I just didn't feel engaged at all. If you are looking for something very light, this might be your cup of tea. But for me, it was just a little too light with convient escapes and character flaws. I won't be listening to this again
I would personally recommend Tithe by Holly Black if you are looking for a book with a supernatural girl, faeries, and a hott-sulky-betrayed love interest. I enjoyed it much more!
For as much as I read and listen you would think by now that I would know how to spell lol. I read at least 5 books a week there are times I have gotten up to 10 in a week.
If she would of stuck to what age group she was aiming for. One second it seemed like a fairy tale book and the next a curse word or two was being dropped. The writing was so childish there were times I almost forgot that this book was not aimed at a first grade level.
She can read very well but not act at all. Stick to what you know! When she tried to start acting out different parts from the book is when her performance was not good at all.
The only thing that is going to make me read the next book in the series is to see what happens. I hate to start a series and not finish.
My first book by Julie Kagawa was the Immortal Rules and I loved it! So I figure I give this series a shot. I was highly disappointed in the writing of this book so I assume it was one of the first she has written and hope the next book in the series is written much better. That being said if I could give this book away I would. It def would not be a keeper for me.
I did not enjoy the book.
Very disappointing. I was hoping for some excellent storytellling throught the creation of an interesting magical world - but there was none of that.
I don't think this book was as bad as some of the reviews, it is just meant for a much younger reader. An aspect of the book that was both a pro and a con was that there was a lot of action and the characters moved from one emergency to another. It kept the book moving forward, but there was almost too much of it. The characters were pretty unique and each had their own personality, something brought out very well by the narrator.
If I had a teenage daughter, I would recommend the book to her. It was just a little too young for me personally, but I can't fault the author or book because I chose to read a YA story.
The premise was, sorry, just like any other girl-with-secret-destiny-and-two-hot-guys book out there. The lead character was boring, indecisive, and overly emotional. Maybe it's I'm not a 16 year old boy crazy, unpopular girl who choose bad (jerk or douche) boys to crush on. The story has some potential but the lead character needs to develop more, I found myself more interested in the side characters.
I couldn't get past the first several chapters and had to delete it. Total waste of money. The story was so stupid and unbelievable that I couldn't take it one more minute.
The ENTIRE story sincerely needs a complete do over. I ReAlly tried to like this audiobook. So much so, I restarted this audiobook like 5 or 6 times and just couldn't get into it... AT ALL! The narrator was ok but still, the audibook needed a miracle.
Oh well... Flarf! I will have a listen of book two in this series called 'The Iron Daughter'. Ashamed to admit it but I bought the complete series without trying the first audiobook first. Ugh! Although I'm not hopeful at all that book two will cause this series to take a turn for the better, I believe in second chances, especially since I have the whole series already. There's alot riding on audiobook two now since book one is a blurr and a hot mess!
A valiant effort!
Save yourselves! This audiobook is LAME! Don't get this audiobook.
Yes, I have recommended it already. I bought this book during an Audible sale. The one reviewer thought it to be mediocre. Since it was on sale, I thought it was a safe bet. I was surprised how much I loved it. By the end, I could not wait to buy the rest of the series. They are even better the second time. There is so much detail, you really need a second listen. It's not boring the second time, I think I liked it even better.
My favorite character was "Puck" or "Robin Goodfellow" in the first book. I loved the sense of humor of this character. The author did a good job of portraying the affection and love he had for the main character.
I think she is excellent. All the characters had a personality and life of their own. She does an amazing male voice and Grimalkin the cat was perfect! Her voice makes this book special.
Twilight in the Never Never!
The first book was good, and the next three got better and better. The story really grew in complexity, imagination, and magic. The way the friends come together for each other is a good experience. It makes you really miss them when the book is over. It's a surprisingly good love story. It's like Twilight, but with faeries instead of vampires.
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. =)
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