Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

Iron Hearted Violet

byKelly Barnhill, Iacopo Bruno

Kobo ebook | October 9, 2012

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Newbery Medal winner Kelly Barnhill spins a wondrously different kind of fairy-tale: In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. But this isn't most fairy tales...

Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being, called the Nybbas, imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true--not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon-the last dragon in existence, in fact-may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.

Iron Hearted Violet is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.

A 2012 Andre Norton Award Finalist
A Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
Title:Iron Hearted VioletFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316215589

ISBN - 13:9780316215589

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great moral lesson about beauty! Iron Hearted Violet is a middle grade fantasy novel that takes place in an imaginary multiverse. Only dragons can travel from one realm to the next by pressing against the thin skins of each realm until they pass through to the other side. Princess Violet lives in the Andulan Realm, which has a mirrored sky. It is believed that something lured the dragons to Andulan, and the dragons cannot escape because they are afraid of their own reflections. Violet’s father, King Randall, has been infatuated with dragons his entire life and keeps detailed notes on all of his findings. He desperately wants to find a way to save the dragons, even though none have been spotted in over a century. Violet is the only child of King Randall and his beautiful wife, Queen Rose. Despite the Queen having had many pregnancies, she was only able to bring one child to term. Unlike her mother, Violet is not beautiful. Sadly, people speak of her ugliness with no concern as to how their comments will affect Violet. She thinks that she is “not like a real princess,” who should be beautiful with long, luscious hair just as they are in fairy tales. Instead, she has a mass of unruly red curls and two mismatched eyes. The lonely girl makes friends with the stable master’s son, who is the same age as she is. The royal advisers are against Violet making friends with a boy of lower social class, but Violet’s parents do not see the harm. Violet and Demetrius spend their days exploring the castle’s many secret passageways and hidden rooms. They come upon a hidden library with a book that talks about the thirteenth god of the multiverse. This god is never spoken of, and his name is not even known. There have been rumours of his existence, but the elders deny it. Violet and Demetrius have stumbled upon a secret that will change everything if it is revealed. I enjoyed this tale of magic and mystery, and I am sure that children will become enchanted with it. I like that Barnhill made Violet with less than perfect physical characteristics. I love children’s books that teach a moral lesson, and Violet and the townsfolk learn that beauty is not always what it appears to be. Simon Vance is always a delight to listen to, and his narration was spot-on! He is a master at the art of storytelling. I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.
Date published: 2013-03-13