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The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1 | [Julie Kagawa]

The Iron King: The Iron Fey, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

The Iron King is a must read!” (New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter)

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    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 10-13-12
    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 10-13-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Audible helps me with my book addiction.

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    "A Midsummer's Wonderland in Labyrinth"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Yoshi Yoshitani 05-23-13
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    "Standard Young Girl Fantasy"

    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:
    **SPOILER**
    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.
    **END SPOILER**

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Smith louisiana 04-20-13
    R. Smith louisiana 04-20-13

    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.

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    "Childish in writting"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kim Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States 04-09-13
    kim Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States 04-09-13
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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    Have you listened to any of Khristine Hvam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NA


    What character would you cut from The Iron King?

    I did not enjoy the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing. I was hoping for some excellent storytellling throught the creation of an interesting magical world - but there was none of that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 04-05-13
    Karen 04-05-13

    Love to read!

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    "For a younger demographic"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jewell NC, NC, United States 02-27-13
    Jewell NC, NC, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie L. Quinn Kulpmont, Pa, USA 02-19-13
    Jamie L. Quinn Kulpmont, Pa, USA 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "this was stupid"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. Taylor 12-29-12
    L. Taylor 12-29-12
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    "Put this one on the "NO FLY!" list."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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!


    What three words best describe Khristine Hvam’s voice?

    A valiant effort!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Um. NO!


    Any additional comments?

    Save yourselves! This audiobook is LAME! Don't get this audiobook.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 11-08-12
    Wendy 11-08-12
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    "A good start to a great series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Twilight in the Never Never!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SPRINGBORO, OH, United States 04-02-12
    Amazon Customer SPRINGBORO, OH, United States 04-02-12

    and Jason Potts

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    "THIS IS AMAZING!"

    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. =)

    Happy Reading!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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