Ironside

A Modern Faery's Tale
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Series: Modern Faerie Tales, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (377 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the realm of Faerie, the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing - her love for Roiben. But when Kaye, drunk on faerie wine, declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest. Now Kaye can't see or speak to Roiben unless she can find the one thing she knows doesn't exist: a faerie who can tell a lie. Miserable and convinced she belongs nowhere, Kaye decides to tell her mother the truth - that she is a changeling left in place of the human daughter stolen long ago. Her mother's shock and horror sends Kaye back to the world of Faerie to find her human counterpart and return her to Ironside. But once back in the faerie courts, Kaye finds herself a pawn in the games of Silarial, queen of the Seelie Court. Silarial wants Roiben's throne, and she will use Kaye, and any means necessary, to get it. In this game of wits and weapons, can a pixie outplay a queen?

Holly Black spins a seductive tale at once achingly real and chillingly enchanted, set in a dangerous world where pleasure mingles with pain and nothing is exactly as it appears.

©2011 Holly Black (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Narration is better here than in Tithe

Story is even better than Tithe, and the reader does a better job with all the characters here than Tithe, too. Any rereads of Tithe are going to happen with my paperback, but I can listen to Ironside again :)

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Enjoyed!!!

Worth suffering through Valiant to hear this story!!! Back to the original characters of the first book!

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Loved it

I’m so glad there is an update story on roibin and Kaye and also characters from second book. The story comes together perfectly. I don’t k ow why some people complained about this book. It was necessary to find out what happened to roibin after becoming king of the night court. Definitely worth it and the authors performance like always was fabulous. I recommend. Enjoy!!!

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Unbelievably enchanting, loved every minute!

I’m so happy to see the characters we know and love come back in this book! Wonderful ending that leaves you sated yet hoping for more. So real, and right now, that it could be real, right now! 😊

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pretty good

a good endpoint for the series. more enjoyable than the second book in the series.

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Great story for younger audience but still amazing

Unhelpful blurb: Roiben should marry Kaye. There, I said it. After reading the folk of the air series and this, I know they should be bound together forever with a faerie marriage. He is such a badass, but he is so waywardly wrong when making decisions about or for Kaye instead of with her. Review: This book carried on the story with the characters in tithe. I super-duper appreciate that because I fell in love with Kaye and Roiben and wanted to see their story play out. I love that the female lead is strong and surprising. And even though she makes her own blunders and embarrassing mistakes, she fights for her ideals and the people she loves, usually with great personal risk. She knows how to take her idiot faerie boyfriend, who loves and treasures her but thinks he should hide her away or put her on a shelf to protect her. Her own personal development is interesting, as she seems to feel insignificant and intimidated by the palace and it’s servants in the beginning. She later learns to have confidence in herself and who she is throughout her journey in this book. I loved the small story detail of the mouse-tail rug, and how the king put it in his bedroom:). It’s just what I would do if someone made me a rug of mice-tails.

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Short Reads with Big Entertainment

When I read a fantasy YA book, I want to be wished away to a fantasy world, quick and dirty ( within two chapters). this happens when ever I read a Holly Black faerie book. I live her work and her world's come alive right off the page and my feeble mind can quickly fall into them and imagine every step. I loved this series, I'm just sad it took me for ever to find all three in a hardcover format.

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Not the greatest, but still entertaining

I read a few of Holly Black's books when I was a teen and I thought they were amazing. I read both Valiant and Tithe, the prequels to this book, and was excited to revisit the world when I had the opportunity to download it.

Alas, the book did not hook me the way that the others did. Maybe it's because I haven't read the others recently enough, or because a lot of the things that ran true as a teen don't apply to me anymore. Also distracting was the narrator. For some reason her voice annoyed me. I think I would recommend reading this book instead of listening to it.

Holly Black does great work with the Fairies of the east coast and the concept of living with them in a divided world. She is obviously knowledgeable regarding fairy lore and she works well with the intricacies of their politics without making the narrative boring. Sometimes the dialogue, particularly that of Rooiben, seems stilted though.

I generally like Holly Black, and would definitely recommend her other work. But my favorite is still Valiant and I further feel that the story is complete enough without the addition of Ironside.

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I didn’t even want this book

Maybe the book is fine, I don’t know; I tried to download a different book & this one downloaded instead, wasting my free Audible credit. This one is cross-listed and heavily promoted alongside the one I did want. Now I’m just ticked off and still will not read this book even though I got it for free on accident,