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)
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.
Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories
The premise of the book is kind of fun, but it was not easy to get into. Mainly, the heroine is written with an unbelievable level of ignorance of "fairy tales", and the fey are written up like they were copied from Shakespeare's plays.
The "unbelievable" about her ignorance comes in because there is never a clear (or even muddy) explanation of why she hasn't had even the briefest introduction to fairy stories, yet she's a white girl living in middle America. White girl. Middle America. That isn't just prime Euro-mutt territory, it's prime North and West Euro-mutt territory. Where most of the fairy stories come from? Yeah. So, that part bothered me a lot. Until about half way through, you don't even get a decent shot at guessing why she's such an utter dunder head.
Relying on Shakespeare's conceptualization of the fey, also not a winner, but again, get past the half way point and the character building starts to pick up so they don't feel quite so ... cardboard.
The narration wasn't half bad.
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.
What can I say about this wonderful book? First, the whole idea of the Iron Fae was brilliant and masterful. I really do enjoy it when an author can take a topic over-used and turn it into an original piece of fiction. Some reviews stated they couldn't believe how the main character acted. That's ridiculous--she's a teenager whose only problems in life are school, friends, and family (not in that order). Meghan Chase ends up turning into a very mature, self-sacrificing adult. Maybe some people have their lives so together that they never make rash decisions like poor Meghan, but I'd probably be just as impulsive as she was. Regardless, she was a character that brought out many emotions in me.
Puck was a delightful character as well, and his sense of humor was a great relief. It was a perfect mix between him, Meghan, and Ash.
All I can say about sexy Ash except YUMMY! It's totally Romeo/Juliet and what can I say? I'm a sucker for that crap. Forbidden love and all that jazz.
This was a beautiful book and I can't wait to continue on in this world that Julie Kagawa brought to vivid, stunning life. Bravo!
The plot was good enough, but the way the main character was written made her feel 13 instead of 16. I just kept imagining a little girl the entire story. Her character isn't very interesting, and she is meek and immature...which..again...makes me feel like she is 13. The narration was great, but the voice she gave the girl reminded me of Eliza Thornberry. it just sounded like a little girl, which didn't help my image of her at all. Other than that I liked it, but for the first half I couldn't even decide if I liked it or not. Maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea.
Characters were flat - my emotions weren't engaged through most of the story because I don't feel like I knew or cared about any of the characters. There was a 'romance' that just showed up out of NO WHERE! I do not by any means consider Twilight to be a great book, or their characters to be highly emotionally complex but they are compared to The Iron King! Iron King's Story line was rather slow and not that exciting. It felt very young YA with a few counts of words like "Shit" so I don't know who the target audience was. Too simple and flat to engage older readers (even teens) and some 'semi' adult words/ romantic themes. I wasn't expecting much.. but I still have to say I was pretty disappointed.
This book has an interesting premise, but falls short due to lack of character development and a lack of story building. You are just moved from one event to another without much emotional investment. The farther along I got in the book, the more I realized I was reading a book for preteens or young teenagers. I was soooo bored...and I bought all the books in the series...curses! The one bright spot was Khristine Hvam. She is an excellent narrator and saved this from being drivel. If you are over 14 and want to hear her read an exciting, well written series, check out the Jane Yellowrock books. If you want to read a well written YA series, read Vampire Academy.
Yes and again and again and again.
I love Khristine. I love how she brings the character's to life with her voices. Makes the book even better.
I finished this book in one weekend.
I enjoy reading -romance, mystery & paranormals. Some of my favorite audios are: Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Cat & Bones & JD Robb.
I finished the "Immortal Rules" and HAD to check out Julie Kagawa's other series, but the Fey world she created here did not really interest me. I had to force myself to finish this. The story was not bad, but not fresh either. I don't care about any of these characters and I do not feel compelled to buy the rest of the series. The narration was very well done and the reason I finished the book.
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