The Iron King by Julie KagawaThe Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King

byJulie Kagawa

Paperback | January 19, 2010

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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 schoolor 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. 

For Meghan is the daughter of a mythical faery kingand a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare faceand find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014
Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California on October 12, 1982. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in bookstores and as a dog trainer. Her books include The Iron Fey series, The Iron Legends, The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series, and The Talon Saga.
Title:The Iron KingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.01 × 5.26 × 0.9 inPublished:January 19, 2010Publisher:HarlequinLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0373210086

ISBN - 13:9780373210084

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it This review doesn't just go for this book but the whole series. This series is a book or action but it also brings you along on a romance story and how people are willing to sacrifice everything for people they care about. Highly, highly, highly recommend the book and i highly, highly, highly, highly recommend the series
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Series THE IRON KING it is an on the edge of your seat journey. Meghan Chase has a secret destiny one she could never have imagined, through out the book you will encounter a story of courage, love and dangerous situations. Julie Kagawa has created a world that is so different it is refreshing. The character's are well developed, she does a great job with building a good friendship and the starting of a teenage love. This book had everything you could ever want; weird creatures, heart pumping action, magic, and romance. If you have not read THE IRON KING, please get to it, it is a brilliantly
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New and exciting! The whole faery world is new to me, but I thought it was great. All the possible magical creatures you could imagine. It reminded me of Narnia. But the characters were the greatest part. I loved them all, especially Ash, from the beginning. He may be extremely stoic, but really that's what I love about him. He is extremely strong, but when it really matters I'm sure he will do the right thing. Now I just cant wait to read The Iron Daughter so I can find out!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Book I went to England to visit my cousin, and when we would drive from place to place, she would sit in the back reading the book out loud to my brothers and I. It was such a captivating book when i came back to Canada i went out and bought the whole series. Now i read them to my husband.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent read I bought and read this a while back. It was an okay read, but I'm definitely n the fence on whether or not to continue with the series. The main character is honestly kinda pathetic, even if I loved Puck. And that instant love was just so weird. Like suddenly they're kissing. Okay? Did I miss something? But no, there just needed to be a bit more of character and relationship development, I think. I think it could be good for someone just starting to get into fantasy and fairies though. Definitely not the worst book I've read
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Series. This first book was amazing. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did.
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series! I've read the whole series twice. Fun, and easy to read, I love how the characters are so easy to relate to. I would recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok, easy read... This is an ok easy read, it was a bit childish, more on the younger youth side...
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Nice Read This was a fun and interesting light read.
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Welcome to NeverNever I took a gamble on this series by buying the boxest before reading the series. It paid off. The Iron King is a great story with amazing characters that i would highly recommend
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iron King A great start to a fantasy series with bits of romance.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Odd The storyline itself could have great had it not been interrupted by strangely placed romantic scenes. The character was a little less heroic than I would have liked but I was surprised to find the world was interesting despite being based of a Shakespearian play that I didn't really enjoy. Probably won't read the next but I recommend reading to decide for yourself.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mediocre Yet another YA novel with great potential, but ruined by a very mediocre protagonist and nauseating teen romance.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good The description of one of the love interests is super yum and the other is witty and i like him too. The plot is acceptable, the main character is not too annoying, and the world building is good. No heavy complaints.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting 3.5 really The world building was pretty good, and once Meghan stopped being a woe-is-me ( a la Bella Swan) crybaby I liked her well enough. there were a few details that jarred me, like when the weakness to technology is explained by saying that if science can't prove faeries, they don't exist. That's not howscience works; science doesn't prove anything, it only DISPROVES. I'm also not sure why this couldn't be a one off story, because she could have made it a complete one book story. I like th idea of mecha fey though, very cool.
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book The fantastic start to a great series
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Awesome romance. I did not have really high expectations for this book, but it turned out to be a great series that I love.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I fell in love with this book no regrets I loved this book so much. This book was the reason why I started to love reading so much, especially reading YA so much. Wonderful story that is action packed and leaves you on the edge of your seat. Of course at times the story line and the whole love triangle is pretty cliche the world of the Fey it so interesting it doesn't really matter.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I really enjoyed this book; first book in the series. Fey are interesting to me. I liked that they used semi familiar characters from mid summer nights dream. Good entertaining read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Robbie was my favourite character! He is very easy going and funny!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good YA Fantasy A great fantasy novel with just the right amount of adventure. The instant love interest was a little bit off putting for me, it's been used before in so many different young adult novels and there's not much that's original about this instant love. Still, definitely worth reading if you are a fan of the fantasy genre.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This book was just over 300 pages, so it was a pretty good sized book. The character development was quick and easy to keep up with! I really liked this book and I can't wait to get into the next!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, Unique YA Fantasy! I loved this book! Great characters, a unique story mechanic, wonderful dialogue, awesome action, and a fabulous setting. I couldn't get enough!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great fantasy I really liked this book. The world was created in such a lovely way and I immediately fell in love with it. I wasn't a fan of the insta- love relationship that developed but that is a common trend in YA books. I think what I loved most was the world of all the different fairies, it brought back memories of my childhood. I can't wait to continue reading the series and see where Julie Kagawa takes the story and characters. I feel like i am a character along on this journey!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book I liked the series and would recommend it if you enjoy slightly stereotypical love stories. It has a amazing aspect of adventure.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect This book and series are amazing. It was a new take on faeries that was interesting and exciting. I would definitely recommend the entire series as you won't be able to put it down once you start.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron King I loved this book!!! This book brought something different and unique, you wouldn't find this in other books. I would recommend others to read the whole series!!!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's been four years and I haven't stopped thinking about this book! It has a little bit of everything. The entire series is completely magical, and I reccomend this book to everyone I speak with. While it is cliche at times (as one would expect with a young adult romance-centered novel) the story in it's entirety is fantastic. HIGHLY recommend!
Date published: 2015-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A GREAT FANTASY NOVEL For all of you out there that love fantasy novals this is a GREAT novel for you to read. The first time a friend recommended this novel I thought it sounded dumb. But then after reading 2 chapters I became attached to this book and would not put it down. SO GIVE THIS NOVEL A TRY!!!! :)
Date published: 2015-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I like it is been long time that I read however I still remember it thatt means that is a good book. The new series I cant get attached to it
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a great start to the series Not only does Kagawa slowly introduce her audience to the world of Faeryland, but she does so in a fast paced and exciting manner that will keep you glued to the pages. Readers are introduced to the full impact of Kagawa?s versions of the Seelie
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the Iron King Good story. nice link between traditional fey and progress.
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the Iron King Awesome book. I loved the play on midsummer nights dream and I especially loved the relationship between ash answer Meghan. Can't wait thread the rest!
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Iron king Very good. Couldn't put it down. Love the tie in to mid - summer's night dream.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Iron king Yet another YA novel that really starts with a great premise, then turns predictably into a love triangle. This is not the story for someone looking for a strong female protagonist, as much as the author tries. The lead character bumbles along in the first book of the series, which is understandable, but continues to rely on everyone else throughout the rest of the series, making you wish that there was more going on in her head than which boy to hook up with. Disappointing.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron king I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I bought it thinking that it would be ok, I wasn't sure on what I wanted to read next, but I was immediately drawn in to this delightfully clever world and couldn't put it down. I'm very glad I read it and am not-so-patiently waiting for the next book in the series to be published.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron king This is the fabulous entry into the world of fae...this book gripped me so much I have not stopped an I'm now on book 7 . It's fairytales totally upside down but with a love story to grip ur heart...I love it xxx
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron king It's a book I couldn't put down; I just had to finish the chapter I was on before I even decided to put the book down. So excited to finish reading the rest of The Iron Fey books!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron king I really enjoyed this book! The whole series was amazing could not put it down. Can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron king This book is GREAT! I love the story line and the characters.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Iron king Bought on a whim as it was cheap in an offer. I found it an enjoyable read. Engaging and gripping. Even though it is a young adult book, I feel it has appeal to adults of fantasy fiction. Worth a read in my opinion.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron king Great series. Keeps interest throughout the whole book. Have read 2 or 3 times already.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Iron king When I bought this book and read it for the first time, I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The characters were well written and the plot was intriguing. I have read "The Iron King" numerous times and I would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and romance.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Iron king This book was very well written, the characters become so real you feel like you know them. The story line grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Iron king This book was a great read, I read it in one sitting. Trying to imagine what I would do if I was in her shoes was part of the fun. By the end of the book I was already ready to buy the next. I recomened this to anyone who wants a different kind of book to read.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron king I read many Fantasy novels and Julie Kagawa writes on the same level as Greats as Tolkien, Terry Brooks and Piers Anthony. When you read this one, you will want to read the rest of hers.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron king I loved this book so much I have probably read it about a hundred times over again. I was so glad that more books were apart of this series as I couldn't wait to read them.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron king I loved this book. Loved how it incorporated midsummers nights dream. I was hooked from the first page. One of my all time faves!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Iron king Intriguing story with many twist and turns and unexpected ending.keeps you glued to the pages wanting to know whats coming up next
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Iron king I really like this series. At first I felt that I had already read it. It was very familiar to another series I had read, but it quickly changed directions for me and I was sucked in. I couldn't put it down and had to read the whole series right away. Each book the story gets better.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great fantasy! Well first off, if I haven't mentioned it in any of my other reviews, my absolute favorite movie in this world is Labyrinth, and The Iron King had a lot of similar elements, which is one reason why I loved it so much! The main character also shares my first name (with the same spelling too! which is rare). All the characters were great (especially Puck, he was hilarious! and Grimalkin cuz he's a kitteh :3) All in all it was a great adventure with lots of action and sweet (if sometimes confusing) romance.
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow filled with beautiful worlds and great fantasy If this book was being made into a movie the sets would be awesome! When I started reading this things sort of felt familiar. Probably because I just finished reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but there were other things. The sets and some of the characters mad me feel like this book was a mixture of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Hobbit, Peter Pan, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Near the end I realized that it was all simply just the world that Julie Kagawa created. There are creatures that don’t really talk, and sometimes people just don’t make sense, there are journeys through many many lands (all ones that I can only picture to be absolutely beautiful, expect the land of the Iron Fey of course), there are characters like Puck that reminded me of Peter Pan (filled with humour and adventure) and serious characters like Ash that melt my heart, but sometimes leave me questioning how he can be such a jerk. And then there are all the Fey that you come across. I could only imagine what they all looked like. Man this book as a movie…would be like an animation movie come to life—all the colour and costume would be like something out of a Tim Burton movie only less Dark and with more colour and snow all at the same time. If that’s even possible. I was a little worried about reading this book because I’ve heard so much about it and I didn’t want to expects something absolutely fantastic and be disappointed. Luckily I was able to go into this with a decent mind set and I was not disappointed. Although, there wasn’t as much action as I thought there would be the characters, setting, story line and overall fantasy were enough to balance the scales. Not to mention this book opens up kind of scary. When her brother describes what happened with the man in the closet and their dog Beau well I pictured it and had to look in my closet and under my bed. Then this thing attacks her in her kitchen that has pointy teeth and scuttles away…that’s like something out of The Ring in my head. So, its only fair to say I was captivated by the creepiness of it all from the beginning. And then she goes and adds in some Romeo and Juliet stuff and well…lets just say I’m officially picking up the rest of the series. Good: Meghan—Although at first she seems weak (being introduced to a new world, having your brother stolen, and getting your true heritage explained to you can have that affect on a person) she proves to be determined, loyal, and trust worthy. Puck—The prankster…I absolutely love him. And I never made the connection until it was explained who he truly was. He tugs at my heartstrings Ash—I knew he was going to be awesome from the beginning, but he was a little cold hearted at first. Oberon—Kind of cool, but I hope he becomes more of an important character and feature in Meghan’s life. The Iron fey—It only makes sense that if they fey were a creation of our dreams then these Fey would come along as well. Bad: I was expecting a little more action. There was some of course, but this book was mostly focusing on the setting and exploring the worlds, hopefully to set it up for the adventure and action in the upcoming novels. I guess I will have to wait and see. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the writing style was done beautifully. I never had to re-read something to make sure I understood it, and she has the gift of being able to explain what something looked like with minimal worlds and the reader is still more than able to understand what she means. The story line was interesting and filled with many moments that make you really think about our world and the way we live without distracting from the fantasy of the Nevernever. Overall Julie Kagawa creates a fantasy world along the lines of The Hobbit meets Harry Potter that captivates the mind of her readers and challenges their imagination. View more of my review and others at my blog:
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lost in the NeverNever (Originally posted at I had a few qualms about this novel, and I'm really sad to say that. I wanted to love this book. I had heard nothing but good things about it, and was really looking forward to reading it. The first time I tried, I stopped about sixty pages in losing some interest and having to return it to the library anyways. The second time, reading my pretty purchased copy, I ended up doing the exact same thing. I was super interested at the beginning, but about sixty-seventy pages in, I just couldn't care less. With some encouragement, and determination to actually finish this book, I continued and ended up enjoying it by the end. But, I can't say I loved it, which is kind of disappointing. I wasn't a huge fan of Meg. I found her to be a bit whiny, slightly self-centered (or centered on her own wants), and a little damsel-in-distress. I kept wanting her to stand up and DO something, as opposed to getting everyone to do the dirty work for her. By the end, I had to give her a nod for pushing herself, and actually growing stronger. I always appreciate character development, and was glad to see it shown through Meg. To contrast my mixed feelings towards Meg, I have to say I loved Grimalkin and Puck. Seriously, those two made the book for me. I loved their banter, loved their voices, and just loved their characters in general. I'm really excited to see more from them. Ash, I also liked, particularly for his bravery and honesty. Those are two qualities I value in a character, and truly in people in general. The story, well, I do enjoy faerie novels. I like to read the different takes on the classic structure, and adored the A Midsummer's Night Dream elements in the story (love me some Shakespeare). I loved the idea that the fey were created from the dreams of humans, and that the iron fey from technological advances. I thought that was a really good premise, and one I had yet to read about. Meg's search for her brother, although valiant, had me frustrated at times. But, I loved Ethan to bits. What a cutie pie! I like the potential this series has, and from what I've heard it really lives up to it. Overall, I wasn't a huge fan of The Iron King but it won't stop me from continuing the series. It had its moments of delight, frustration, and laughter, and although it dragged for me it kept me intrigued. I know it can only get better from here. And I'm excited to see how the story develops, the characters change, and how the world evolves in the next few novels. - Ciara who is lost at midnight
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from For Cassandra Clare fans. For all the Mortal Instruments lovers, this series seems right up your alley. Meghan is not a particularly strong female character; in fact, she was a lot like Clary in which she constantly got her poop-face on. However, she wasn't completely bad. She had teenage girl qualities to her that sometimes can get lost in the too aggressive female characters in the YA genre. Crushing on boys, always carrying an iPod are just two examples of how typical Meghan was. This really reminded of Clary when I attempted to read City of Bones. The constant shifting of settings and the bazillions of tiny subplots was also very Clare-esque. Sometimes it just felt like Kagawa wrote the story in pulses and whenever an idea would strike, Meghan would be on a brand new adventure. The story felt like I was playing Snakes and Ladders the whole time. Look! The story is finally rolling. BUT WAIT! You've landed on a ladder and now you've fallen down two rows. If anyone wants to read an adventure story that is beautifully paced is Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series . I thought the world building was better than the plot development I felt like I was in a Tim Burton movie for half of the book and then I was in Wonderland for the other. I really appreciated the Shakespeare connection. I don't even want to mention the love triangle. I hate love triangles and none of the guys were swoon-worthy. Overall, this series is not really my cup of tea but Cassandra Clare fans will devour it.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Round Two! I would like to start off by saying that this is my second time reading The Iron King, the reason being in preparation of The Iron Knight! (Yes, I plan on re-reading the wholes series for a book that I don't even really need to re-read it for, lol.) Anyways! Let me start off by saying that Grimalkin is my absolute FAVORITE character in this WHOLE ENTIRE FREAKING SERIES. Why? He's a cat, duh. No, but seriously! He's just so... so... AWESOME! I love how he always has an answer when everyone is still pondering over the question and is almost insulted when he realizes that he's the only one with a brain. And his disappearing and re-appearing acts! LOVE! But on to the story! Upon reading The Iron Fey series a second time, I was dumb-struck by how many Meghan Chases I'd seen in other books. That is to say, that although she's an awesome main character and everything, I feel like I've seen her many times before... She kind of reminds me of Percy Jackson, to be honest, lol. How both of them have their loyalty as their.. Ugh, that what's-it-called.... A hero's fatal flaw, I think... I feel like there's a fancier name for it... Anyways! I also found that while still a very good read (I loved Kagawa's descriptions! I felt dazed right a long with Mehgan!), it wasn't as good as it was the first time. This is probably because I already know everything that's going to happen, but I would still highly recommend this to anyone who is just starting off to read! Or slipping back into reading! It's an awesome series to get started with and I still believe that's it's an amazing read... As long as you haven't read the book already, lol. :)
Date published: 2012-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Midsummer Night's Dream. I finally decided to read this one, its been in my "Plan to Read" FOREVER. I surpriseingly really liked it. "The Iron King" reminded me so much of "Switched" by Amanda Hocking. They both had similar elements, like the whole "Changelings" concept and switching children, and the main character being unaware of the fey world for most of their lives. It was neat to see the incorporation of the similar legends/fantasies. "The Iron King" took character's from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". I read that play in grade 10...which was roughly six years ago. I wish I was more familar with the play so that I could make the connections easier. I didn't realise that Queen Tatiana, King Oberon, and Puck were names from the play. I wish I remembered more of the play and the storyline. Meghan didn't annoy me too much. She seems like she'll do what she wants, despite being told otherwise. Which I like. I'm hoping this won't turn into a dramatic love triangle between Puck, Ash, and her. That would be ridiculous. I'm glad this book took place mainly in the "fey worlds" like Nevernever. I didn't want it to be focussed in Meghan's world, so that was good. Ash is awesome. I love that he's a prince of the Winter Court. It's neat that Meghan is a princess of the Summer Court, which is not on good terms with the Winter Court. I'm excited to see what will happen with their relationship since they are essientially on two apposing sides. Overall, it was a good read. I will definitely be continuing with the next book "The Iron Daughter".
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great intro to Fey books! Feeling like I had been living under a rock as I read through weeks of reviews on my favourite book blogs, I finally gave in to peer pressure and bought the first three books of Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series when I was out shopping one day. I had spent the weeks prior to this loving the cover to all books in the series whenever I saw them — the colourings and the close-ups of the faces were magnificent, as well as the swirling, Baroque-ness of the swirls and twirls that graced the entire jacket of the book. Not to mention the beautiful, majestic lettering of the title. I was in love and I hadn’t even cracked open the book. The Iron King is the story of Meghan Chase, a young girl who is suddenly brought into a world she had no idea of–a world of mystery and fantasy. The world of the fey. Before I get into the meat of the book, I have to gush about one more aesthetic aspect of the first novel in the Iron Fey series, The Iron King: the font of the chapter titles vs. the paragraphs is great contrast to one another. And I love how the swirly, Baroque-ness of the cover is brought to the chapter title pages. But enough about the sheer beauty of the novel from the outside, I have to say that I loved everything on the inside of the book as well. It was refreshing to read a book written for young adults that wasn’t about vampires, or demons, or witches, or any of the characters that have be the norm in books nowadays. This is the first book about faeries that I have read and I was pleasantly surprised as to how drawn in I was. Of course, it wasn’t instant love: I didn’t find myself falling in love from page one. In fact, I was kind of annoyed with Megan, the main character, and her attitude. She seemed to be anti-everyone and annoyed with the whole world. She does grow on me throughout the novel, though, and I was glad to see the change of character. What I did love was how so many different stories seemed to be inspiring the story. The obvious one is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a play I’ve yet to read, but it was interesting to see how Kagawa introduced it into the story. Another obvious is Alice In Wonderland, as Megan seems to be tumbling through the rabbit hole. And we can’t leave out Romeo and Juliet (Kagawa must have been a Shakespeare fan), as we see love between two courts — love that isn’t allowed, but love that can’t be held back. I was also impressed at how, for once, there wasn’t that automatic love connection between the two main characters. It was very much like Twilight, in that Megan found her love interest to be beautiful, god-like, and untouchable, but it took a great bulk of the novel until they expressed any of this to one another. Of course, there’s still the love triangle, which seems inevitable, but it’s there. I’ve already picked my side, have you? The only thing that drove me nuts while reading The Iron King was that the main character, Megan, consistently did idiotic things, indebting herself to a myriad of creatures without thinking. She was stubborn and reckless for most of the book. This was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to read more in the series — there’s a great mix between fantasy, action, steampunk, and romance. I’ve already been told what happens at the end of the series (or the series, so far), but despite the spoiler, I still want to read on! If you loved any of the normal YA books — Twilight, Mortal Instruments, House of Night — you’ll love the Iron Fey books.
Date published: 2012-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good I give this book a 3+ stars. I think I was so excited to read this book that I got to carried away and thought it was going to be fantastically amazing. I started reading and was hooked with it. It is about a young girl named Meaghan Chase who learns that she is part fairy and there is another land full of faries and piskies and such. Her good friend Robin Goodfellow, also known as Puck, helps her search for her brother after he is kidnapped. The story was very interesting but some parts confused me and wasn’t described properly. I found myself going back a few times. For example, she would say she walked through a hollow cave, but then said that she saw something move behind a tree. It was small things but still bothered me. It was unpredictable and I realled enjoyed one of the main characters; Ash. He promised to help Meaghan find her brother if she returned to his kingdom with her. Meaghan was wanted throughout Nevernever since all fairies loved leverage. Their promises and deals were what made them who they are. One a deal or promise was made, it could never be broken or changed. That was another thing I loved – the bargaining. I always wondered what would be given up next in order for Meaghan to find her brother. I would recommend this book. On to the next one now!
Date published: 2012-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely awsome loved it this is a must read there are 3 parts to the book i had a hard time to get past part 1 but near the end of part 1 it was a awsome book after that i love it how she did not know what happend to her dad and then she finds out he was not even her dad that she was half human and half fery princeness loved it also loved how there was a forbbdin love with it
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling Faery Tale The world that Kagawa creates is wonderful, somewhere between A Midsummer Night's Dream and Peter Pan - an interesting, yet creepy and dangerous, faery tale world. On her 16th birthday, Meghan's brother gets kidnapped by Fey who leave a horrible changeling in his place. Meghan learns her best friend, Robbie, is also Fey and they set off into the Nevernever to rescue her brother. This is a terrible and magical place where danger lurks behind every corner and word spoken. It is so interesting how Kagawa juxtaposes Meghan's faery tail imagination with the harsh reality of the "real" faery world. I really felt for Meghan, willing to do anything to save her brother and trying to navigate her way through this unknown world where she doesn't know the rules. This new world is nothing like the one she had dreamed about. There is also the dichotomy created between Puck, Meghan's best friend and trickster of the Summer world, and Ash, the Ice prince. They are so different and it will be interesting to see how the triangle works itself out as the series goes on. Then there is the way Kagawa sets up the battle between imagination and technology. The regular Fey rely on imagination and songs being sung about them to survive. The new Iron Fey are a result of technology and modern beliefs and cannot cohabitate with the older, more traditional fey. I highly recommend this book. The world created is wonderful, descriptive and vivid. The story is engaging. Those who like faeries are sure to like this book, along with those who like romance and love triangles. This is a fun book that is easy to read and transports you easily into its world.
Date published: 2011-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easily a Favorite!! I wasn't thinking I would love this book as much as I do. About halfway through the book, I decided that I loved it. There were so many things keeping me interested in the story, and the relationships between the characters. It's not predictable like many youth books these days. It takes many turns that make it hard to put down. Also, unlike most books, the story seemed very long (in a good way though, it didn't leave me feeling like nothing happened in the story), but full of excitement on every page. Filled with romance, magic, love, and hard decisions, this story is easily one of my favorite books!!! Can't wait to read the next in the series!! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good fairytale :)
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One Magical Fairy Tale This review can also be found at Christa's Hooked on Books -- Meghan Chase has just turned sixteen. Not that it matters. She's still the hick girl, who doesn't have a boyfriend or a driving permit and her parents don't even seem to notice she's there. But then Meghan begins to notice some strange things happening and her four year old brother, Ethan, begins acting up. He even attacks Meghan. And then, as if things couldn't get any stranger, her best friend Robbie tells her he's actually a fairy named Robin Goodfellow (a.k.a Puck) and the child that attacked her isn't her brother. It's a changeling and her real brother has been kidnapped. In a heartbeat Meghan finds herself on a rescue mission to save her brother, that takes her into a world she never dreamed could exist. And she realizes that maybe her sixteenth birthday won't be as boring as she thought. The Iron King was an absolutely magical fairy tale. The idea of fairies living among us, and a whole separate world living parallel to ours...I think it's safe to say that my childhood imagination is not the only one that this scenario appeals to. The descriptions of the fairy world were incredibly creative and vivid, I felt like I was going there myself. I found Kagawa's writing style very modern, filled with current references and colloquialism, which at times could distract from the fantasy of it all. However, I think on the whole this style makes the book accessible to a variety of readers (both lovers of fantasy and those new to the genre). Meghan Chase is a very loveable character and a wonderful heroine, but the true stars of this novel were her supporting cast – Puck, Ash and Grimalkin. All wonderfully flawed and all incredibly well developed in terms of their motivations, relationships and emotions. The story wouldn't have been the same without them and I look forward to seeing more of them in the future. This book is a lot of fun to read but a word of warning, it's the first in a series, so if you're going to read it be prepared to commit to the sequels. You are going to want to know what happens to Meghan and her friends. If you find you need a break from all the paranormal and urban fantasy that's been filling the shelves lately than check out The Iron King, your inner child and their love of fairy tales, won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-So ** SPOILER ALERT ** The concept of the story was great which is why I was immediately attracted to it. I feel like the author was in a rush when writing the book because everything happened so quickly and sometimes it got too boring and I'd just be reading words and forget what I just read only moments after. Between Meghan and Ash, I couldn't feel a connection which was what I had been waiting for the most. You could not immediately decipher that the two had a rivalry going on and when they "fell in love" I couldn't decipher that either. It was just one day Meghan fell on Ash and then she looked into his eyes and so on which I found completely disappointing. Also, what about Puck? He apparently loves Meghan and the author decided to leave us out on that too besides one or two parts. I wish the author could have touched on a few more things and lengthened the book. Sometimes there was too much detail, and sometimes there was none at all. I wish the scene with Machina could have been longer seeing as the author took like, three chapters to get to Machina's fortress and only used one to defeat The Iron King; another disappointment. Overall, I give the book a 3/5 since I was more disappointed than content and I feel that the author could have done a lot more with it seeing as the storyline has so much potential.
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! I love this series Ive read them like 20 times I cant wait for the next book!!!
Date published: 2011-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good not great For me The Iron King started slow and never gained much momentum but it was still an entertaing read.
Date published: 2011-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Series! What a great story! SO much adventure - kind of reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland meets the world of the fey! The momentum never seemed to let up! A true page-turner! I liked how Meghan's character developed from a very naive girl in the beginning of the story to a young womam who matures on her quest to get her younger brother back from the faeries who stole him. Meghan also learns that she is the daughter of King Oberon, which makes her a faerie princess. Although I figured the story would have somehow ended with Meghan finding Ethan... I have to admit I had my doubts she was at all capable at the beginning of the story... she had a lot of help along the way (Puck, Ash & Grim as well as some "friendly faeries")... and it seemed that her true kindness won over in the end. I LOVED (Prince) Ash! I really liked his progression throughout the story too -- from a cold and seemingly heartless knight of the winter court to the prince that falls for the forbidden faerie princess of the summer court and sacrafices himself to help Meghan in her quest to find her young brother. Their tender moments together had me melting... Puck was another awesome character... charged to protect Meghan in the mortal world and ended up going against his king's orders to return Meghan to the summer court for protection, to help Meghan rescue her little brother. He was a true friend that Meghan could really count on for anything and also sacrafices himself for her and her quest. My heart went out to him. His fondness for Meghan was sort of like a big-brother... but I got a sense that he *maybe* had some romantic feelings for her as well. Not sure if that will become part of a future story. Grimalkin... what a NEAT cat... just so happens he can talk while taking a bath on a rock! His wisdom and forethought got them out of several predicaments and helped Meghan on her quest as well. Grim reminded me a bit of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland. Meghan's kindness ended up helping her in the end, too. There was a fair amount of EVIL faeries, however... and what is unique with this story... a new species of the fey is introduced... the IRON fey... evolved from technology and progress. Lots of good messages in this story... this book tied up nicely with a couple little threads left hanging for future sequels. I can't wait to continue on Meghan's journeys as a faerie princess and see the progression of her relationships with Ash & Puck.
Date published: 2011-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Iron King Whoa. I’m beating myself up right now because I have put off reading this book for so long. Why? Because clearly, I am an idiot. The Iron King was amazing. One of my favorite books and I am sure glad that I bought the sequel already because I would be freaking out at the moment if I did not have it. I have never really read any faery books before so when I started this one, I was pleasantly surprised. The faery world, Nevernever, was so interesting; Julie Kagawa described it so well. It was unique, magical, and fascinating, as well as dangerous and scary! Not just the world either, the creatures in it. The Iron King had every crazy creature you could think of but Julie added them all in without it being overwhelming. The book was so exciting. A real page-turner, there was always something happening. Some enemy to be fought or some trap to escape from. I was hooked from page one and could not stop until I was done to novel. I especially loved the fight scenes, they were very detailed which made you feel like you were right there, watching it all happen, it was very exciting! Poor Meghan though, she never got a break, which sucks for her but was a thrilling read for us! Now, one of the things I loved the most about this book where the characters, obviously, but there were particularly good in this novel. Yes, every single one of them. That’s pretty rare for a book, to love every character. Clearly I disliked some because of their douchebag personality’s, but they were still amazing characters! The main character, Meghan was great. Someone I would love to meet. She was fiercely loyal and brave but I could still relate to her because she did have her weaknesses and doubts yet she still plowed ahead, so determined in what she was doing. She was realistic. The other important characters like Puck, Ash and Grimalkin were also wonderful. They made me laugh numerous times, as well as shock me, make me angry and make me smile. A box of surprises, they were. I cannot wait to see more of them in The Iron Daughter, sequel to The Iron King. I definitely recommend this novel. It has everything. Mystery, suspense, humor, romance, action… Seriously, I love this book. *happydance*
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review Megan was a strong and brave character. The minute she enters Faeryland with Puck she’s faced with danger at every turn. Her mission seems impossible to accomplish yet she never wavers from her goal which is rescuing her brother. She never gave up or regretted her decision to enter the Nevernever and I was impressed with her resolve. Other than Megan secondary characters like Puck, Ash and Grimalkin were also stand outs for me. They were equally well written and engaging. What I loved about Kagawa’s writing was how descriptive she was in writing the Faery world. From the summer court to the winter court, each is described beautifully. Her attention to detail created a world that was vivid and easy to visualize. The story contained a lot of the traditional faery elements like the Seelie and Unseelie courts but Kagawa put her own twist on the story which made it completely original and stand out amongst the slew of faery books out there today.
Date published: 2010-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Modern Faery Tale It seems that all I have been reading this past month is young adult modern faery tales and while each novel has been unique and entertaining I was at first apprehensive about picking up yet another story about a half human half faery princess. I had thought to myself, how many more times can I read about the seelie and unseelie court and still be entertained? It wasn't long before I realized at least one more time! The Iron King by Julie Kagawa was the most outstanding young adult faery novel I have read in a long time! As a matter of fact I think it may just have been THE BEST young adult faery novel I have ever read. The Iron King had a Labyrinth feel to it with a darker twist. The pace of the novel was perfect, the plot and character descriptions were done just right but most importantly I was charmed and captivated from the very beginning to the bitter sweet end. I feel as though Julie Kagawa reached into my brain and took little pieces of all my favorite faery tales and wove it into something that managed to honor the best of traditional feary mythology while adding a unique and modern twist to the story that truly showcased the authors creativity. From the very first chapter the characters came alive for me and through them I saw the feary realm with whole new eyes. Julie Kagawa created a world both beautiful and terrifying with complex and dynamic characters that I fell completely in love with. I can not wait to read the next two novels in this series, The Iron Daughter and The Iron Queen. If you haven't yet read The Iron King then this novel needs to move up on your summer reading list. I hope you will be as enchanted by this modern faery tale as I was and like me wonder if all those things you "think" you see out of the corner of your eye and quickly dismiss deserve a second look....
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite Faerie Novel!! Whenever someone's looking for a new book recommendation, I never hesitate to recommend The Iron King, the first novel in the Iron Fey trilogy. From the very first moment I read the plot description, I knew I had finally found a faerie novel that I would really enjoy... and I was so right. The Iron King is easily my most favourite faerie novel, and I have a feeling its going to stay that way for awhile. Most faerie novels have very similar traits- the Summer and Winter courts with inspiration taken from A Midsummer Night's Dream- but Julie Kagawa puts a new spin on everything, creating her own type of mythology that you'll easily fall in love with. Meghan Chase has never quite fit in at school, and after a horrible prank played by her longtime crush Scott, on her sixteenth birthday no less, she just wishes to never go back. But that night, Meghan discovers something frightening... her little brother Ethan has been replaced by a changeling and if she ever wishes to see him again, she's going to have to travel to the Nevernever. However, the Nevernever is a dangerous place and all too soon, Meghan discovers that she's not exactly as human as she always thought she was... and that she has just become a pawn in a deadly game of fae politics. Kagawa creates a great cast of characters that you will come to adore. Meghan- brave and willing to do whatever it takes to help those she cares about; Robbie/Puck- the best friend who's always been there for Meghan; Ash- the ice prince who will melt your heart. And there's no way I can forget to mention Grimalkin, a talking cat who makes witty remarks when not offering some much needed help to Meghan. With tons of action, excitement, and a dash of forbidden romance, The Iron King will surely become one of your favourite novels too. You can also read the review here:
Date published: 2010-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Ever since her father disappeared when she was a young girl, Meghan Chase has felt like an outcast and a misfit. Then as her 16th birthday approaches, weird things begin to happen. Her four year-old brother Ethan seems to be possessed, and Robbie, Meghan’s best friend since childhood seems to know more than he’s letting on. Meghan is left reeling when Robbie reveals a strange and deadly new world that exists alongside our own. In order to save her brother, Meghan embarks on a perilous journey filled with creatures and beings she thought only existed in fairy tales. The Iron King is a high-stakes adventure, filled with a variety of interesting characters. Meghan is a likeable protagonist, who grows over the course of the novel, and has the potential to become a truly fascinating and powerful heroine as the series continues. The supporting characters are well-developed and highly entertaining, and even though they were plucked from other stories (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alice in Wonderland) felt unique. I must admit to liking the supporting characters even more than the main character! The author does a wonderful job of describing the faery world in magnificent detail, but I did find a few situations and plot points were lacking in explanation. I also found that some scenes which should have been quite emotional, did not manage to elicit the expected emotion. These small issues aside, the story was interesting and fast-paced with plenty of surprises along the way. The Iron King was a captivating and entertaining story, and I can’t wait to read more of Meghan’s adventures in Winter’s Passage (novella) and The Iron Daughter, the next installment in the Iron Fey Series.
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shakespeare in Wonderland Meghan Chase has just turned sixteen, but the cliche age of partying, boys and excitement is not what she gets. Instead, she is thrown into a world of faeries that she never knew existed. After her four-year-old brother Ethan is kidnapped and exchanged for a wild changeling creature, Meghan is informed by her prankster best friend, Robbie, of the hidden world of the fey. As a matter of fact, "Robbie" is short for Robin Goodfellow, otherwise known as Puck from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Meghan is dumbfounded. Never had she even guessed that her lifelong best friend that she's known forever is the one and only jester of King Oberon and Titania. And when Meghan decides to rescue her brother, she and Puck venture into the Nevernever, the world of the fey. Their adventures lead them to the Summer and Winter Courts, where the two royal families are at each other's necks when an unexpected attack kills some of their followers. And then there's Ash; the mysterious, breathtaking, dangerous Winter prince who doesn't want anything to do with Meghan, even if it means turning her over to the enemy. A dangerous mission, a forbidden love, and a heartbreaking contract that will bring deadly consequences, The Iron King is not to be missed. I'll be honest, I was very reluctant to read this one. From my past experiences with faerie books, I did not think this one would be any good. But I picked it up and tried it, and I am so glad I did. I absolutely loved how Kagawa incorporated the well known story of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" into Meghan's life. The characters in the faery world are present, but their lives are completely different. Instead of love potions and pranks, they are now divided into the Summer and Winter Courts. What I also loved about this book is that it also had an "Alice in Wonderland" like feeling. A mysterious new world, new creatures, and of course, a talking cat. The adventures Kagawa brought us through were a wild ride as we followed Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grimalkin through the Nevernever, met unbelievable, yet somehow realistic creatures, and explored a whole new world. Kagawa wrote in a way that was believable, exciting, and suspenseful all rolled into one. I'm definitely eager to read her sequel: The Iron Daughter.
Date published: 2010-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Courtesy of Lost for Words I really enjoyed this book and don't know why I waited so long to read it! It starts out with Meghan being ridiculed at school, so immediately we are sympathizing with her and rooting for her. She realizes that things are decidedly peculiar, especially when her brother has been replaced with a changeling. She embarks on a journey to Faery to save him, all the while learning a few startling facts about herself along the way. The detail was amazing, it felt like I was part of the entourage, and was experiencing everything firsthand. The characters were well developed, though I didn't actually like Meghan on the first leg of her journey. As she grew as a person, I found that I enjoyed reading about her more and more. I absolutely loved Grimalkin, and found his mannerisms completely true in keeping with his breed. Why? Because he is a cat. He definitely acted like one, and I loved his sarcastic and all-knowing voice. I haven't decided yet whether I like Ash or Puck more. They both bring different qualities to the table. They are both intricate characters, and I can't wait to learn more about them throughout the rest of the books. I enjoyed the references to Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Stardust. The only thing that I thought detracted from the story, was the ending. There was a lot of build up, and I was waiting, and waiting for Meghan to come into her own, and realize her potential, especially in the final "fight" scene. For all of the buildup, the scene was too short. I would have enjoyed it more had it been fleshed out more and the struggle more of a struggle. Things just seemed to be too easy. However, the attention to detail with the Iron King's territory was excellent. All in all, I'd say that this was an excellent debut. The story was fresh, fun, and enjoyable. I felt we were immersed fully into the Faery world, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I look forward to the next book in the series, as well as any future works from Kagawa.
Date published: 2010-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I expected - it was good! I didn't kow what to expect because I have read some fairy books that I really disliked (Tithe, Kiss of Shadows) but I love the Fever series so I thought I'd give this a try. It was very entertaining. Although some of the characters are not original and are taken from Midsummer Night's Dream, it was still a good read. I also like that there was a bit of romance and that it didnt' over take the whole story and turn it into cheesiness.
Date published: 2010-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Novel Idea The Iron King is an excellent debut. Kagawa delivers an engrossing story filled with peril, deadly magic, humor, sacrifice, and angst. With lots of action, adventure and suspense, readers will be captivated by this novel, but in many ways familiar, faery tale. Meghan Chase doesn’t expect anyone to remember her sweet sixteen (her stepfather can barely remember that Meghan exists, and her mother is always distracted) save her half brother, four-year old Ethan, and her best friend and neighbour, Robbie. But on the eve of her birthday, strange things begin to happen. First, there’s the incident in the computer lab while Meghan is tutoring the hottest guy at school, culminating in her complete humiliation. Then, there’s the loyal family dog that, completely out of the blue, attacks Ethan and has to be put down. And finally, after the attack, Ethan seems to change. Even the solid Robbie, the boy Meghan has known forever is not what he seems. Meghan soon learns that a changeling has been left in her younger brother’s place, and that she must venture into a world she never knew existed – the realm of faerie, called “the nevernever.” With the fey Robbie (or, rather, Robin) as her guide, Meghan learns she herself is half-fey and the daughter of Oberon, king of the Seelie Fey, and finds herself entangled in the threads of fey politics. If she means to save her brother, and herself, she’ll have to face opposition from all sides – including a coldly beautiful fey princeling of the Unseelie named Ash, who has already tried to kill Meghan before. The Iron King was a very entertaining read. As one of many in the genre of the fae, some of the book may feel familiar. The realm of Nevernever is populated by famous fey faces – Oberon and Titania, Mab and Robin Goodfellow (aka Puck). Ogres and trolls and cheshire cats and mermaids, you name it, it’s here in The Iron King. Even the storyline with a girl that thought she was mortal discovering she is fey has been done many times before. But where Kagawa adds to the genre is her novel idea behind the emergence of the Iron Fey. I loved this plot concept and I think that Kagawa does an excellent job developing it. Kagawa has also mapped out the first book of this supposed trilogy wonderfully, moving the plot deftly and ending the novel on a tantalizing hook for the next book in the series. Because this is a teen read, the heroine, Meghan, is very much a teenage girl – her heart is in the right place as she tries to save her half-brother, and she clearly doesn’t know anything about the fey, her past, or how faeries tend to like to make nasty power bargains. Ash, as the dark prince of the Winter Court, is also your typical teenage male lead - a hot, brooding, bad boy. Comic relief is often provided by Puck, who acts, well, rather puck-like. Oberon and Titania are also written wonderfully and true to form. The Iron King was an enchanting read. I look forward to the next book in the triology due out this summer (2010). Fans will also want to check out Kagawa's website for a free e-novella available on June 1, 2010. 2010-107
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Fairy Tale The Iron King follows the life of “almost” sixteen year old Meghan, who is all excited about her mother taking her in for her drivers license. Meghan hasn’t had the best life, her father disappeared when she was a little girl & her step-father practically ignores her or forget she exists for the most part. She has only one friend, the prankster Robbie. The rest of the school pretends she doesn’t exist, until the day of her 16th birthday when everything gets shot to hell due to a computer error at the expense of Meghan’s crush. When she starts seeing creature’s she never imagined existed, she thinks she’s loosing her mind until Robbie confesses….he’s not Robbie but Robin Goodfellow aka Puck & Meghan is one of the few “humans” who can see the fae. On top of that, Meghan’s baby brother has been kidnapped & replaced by an ankle biting fae. Meghan must decide whether she should find her baby brother or forget all of this exists. Without a doubt, The Iron King is my favorite YA book of 2010! Not only would it make great recommended reading for high school students after reading Midsummer Nights Dream but it was so well written it would do just as well for us adults. Honestly, after seeing all the reviews in February I had put reading The Iron King on the back burner. In one way I’m glad I did, since my wait for the 2nd book in the series isn’t as intense but I regret missing out on such a wonderfully executed book! The Iron King is a gripping edge of your seat journey into a Fairy Tale that Shakespeare himself would have loved to read. From start to finish you can see in your minds-eye exactly what the world Julie Kagawa has created looks like, which is rare in a YA at least IMO. It also shows the spirit of a great friendship & the dawning of teenage love, which was refreshing in it’s innocence. If you haven’t read The Iron King, PLEASE go out & get a copy for yourself & any teenagers you love, it’s worth it.
Date published: 2010-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Faery Book! This was a great first book to a great new series. I can't wait until the next one comes out!
Date published: 2010-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful story This book was very good. It keeps you interested and in suspense for the most part. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I'm glad I won't have to wait too long. The author weaves a wonderful world, very visual with wonderful characters.
Date published: 2010-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!!!! I thought this book was going to be good, but I didn't think that It was going to be this damn good! The plot is amazing, and the characters were great. Kagawa wrote this book brilliantly, it felt as if you were seeing everything before your very eyes. This book made me love the fantasy genre even more and it is defiantly one of the best Fantasy novels I've ever read. It had everything you could ever want; creepy creatures, constant action, romance!, magic, courage and suspense! It kind of reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, but they are extremely different in many ways. Meghan has never fit in at school, or even at home. Her father disappeared on her sixth birthday, but there was no trace of where or why he left, all that was left were his shoes by the edge of a pond that Meghan and her dad were sitting by. He wasn't in the water, police searched everywhere, no suitcases were packed, he simply disappeared into thin air. Meghan has yet to understand where her father went. Now, she lives with her mom, stepfather, little brother and dog, Beau. It's Meghan's sixteenth birthday, and she cannot wait to get her drivers license, she can only hope that this day turns out great. Her one and only best friend Robbie is going to come over after school with champagne, and the hottest guy at school asks her to sit at his table, How could this day possibly get any better? Well that's what Meghan thought, until she was humiliated in front of the whole school, and goes home to her mom injured and passed out on the ground and her brother acting strangely. Meghan has no idea what's going on, her mom is fine, but her brother is not himself--at all. He goes crazy, and Robbie comes over. His protective side kicks in, and he tells Meghan what's wrong with her brother, and reveals secrets that have been kept from her since they've known each other. Now, She knows who Robbie really is, and she has to enter Nevernever with him to save her brother...she has no idea what to expect.... But she never expected what she saw before her eyes. She cannot believe that this world was hidden from her. She encounters numerous creatures; some that cause her trouble, and some that help her. Like Grimalkin, the gray cat that speaks, and brings her to where she needs to go. Meghan discovers more secrets that shock her, and she finally meets the prince in her dreams and the one she's encountered before, Ash. She does not like him one bit for what he did, but he's intriguing, she can't help herself... Their quest starts, Meghan, Robbie, Grimalkin and the Ash start the search for her brother. They must figure out who has taken him, and how they can save him. Meghan discovers who she truly is, meets new people and has to encounter the evil Iron King. WOW WOW WOW! This book was amazing, I still can't get over at how good it was! I recommend it without a doubt, and I cannot wait to read the sequel, The Iron Daughter! 2010-021
Date published: 2010-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, outstanding...must read ***SPOILERS*** Before you read this, keep in mind that there are spoilers. Read only if you need more info! This is a great book! Meghan is turning 16, and her big plans for the day are to go for her drivers licence. Then her day goes bad at school, and it gets worse when she gets home. Meghan’s best friend (Robbie) is a Fay, the notorious Puck to boot. Her little brother has been replaced with an evil doppelganger and she needs to go the land of the Fay to bring him back. With Robbie as her guide, Meghan steps into “The Nevernever” and starts her quest. Meghan and Rob work there way through her dangerous new surroundings. Rob tells her never take things or accept favours from anyone. After a hunter and his dogs chase the two. They survive and get away, but only to be separated. Meghan makes a deal with a cat Grimalkin to take her to Robbie. Meghan’s search for Robbie takes her to the Fay King’s court. The King Oberion has some unexpected news, Meghan is his child and now she can never go home. Further that he will not allow her to look for her little brother. Many people within her father’s summer court do not like Meghan and would like to use her for their own whims, but so would Oberion’s enemies. During the Elysuim where both the winter and summer courts come together to discuss treaties, things go wrong. A deranged chimera attacks everyone. Both courts blame the other and Meghan uses the opportunity to sneak out and try to make her way to the winter court where Meghan believes that the winter court’s Queen Mab is keeping her brother. On the way Meghan has to make a deal with Winter court Prince Ash. He will help her find her brother and return Ethan home, and then Meghan will willingly go with him to Queen Mab. Robbie and Grimalkin will not let her go alone with Ash, and this unlikely group head out. Quickly their plan changes when they find out that the Iron King is looking for Meghan and he has her little brother. The Iron King also has plans of killing off everyone from both the winter and summer courts. The group head back to the human world to visit a seer to help them find the Iron King. They get their answers in the form of riddles. While the group is trying to figure out their next step, they are attached by one of the Iron King’s Lieutenants. Robbie is gravely hurt but the Dyrad (tree people) can help. The take Robbie in and will allow him to sleep till his wounds heal. They also give Meghan the only weapon to kill the Iron King, the living soul of the trees. Meghan and Ash head to the Iron King to rescue Ethan. As they go further into the Iron Kingdom Ash gets weaker and weaker. Iron kills Fay. When the King’s guards find the two, Ash falls and commands that Meghan go on and kill the Iron King, both the Fay courts depend on her. This was a great book. It was fast paced and very interesting. This review only touches the very basics of the storey. I liked this different take on the Fay. I also liked that there is so much to learn about the secondary characters and how they will impact Meghan in the future. Meghan is not supposed to make deals with the Fay and throughout the book she does. It will be interested to see the result of her rash choices. This series is going to be great!
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The iron king by julie Kagawa "oh my god, wow" That is what i thought, after i was done reading the book. It is an amazing fantasy novel, a must read book. Meghan Chase has a secret destiny one she could never have imagined, through out the book you will encounter a love story and courage that puts you in dangerous situations. I can't wait till the next book come's out ,"The Iron Daughter" will be out in August 2010. After reading the iron king, I can say that I am a fan of julie kagawa. And I hope she will make the novel in to a series.
Date published: 2010-02-03

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The Ghost in the ComputerTen years ago, on my sixth birthday my father disappeared.No, he didn't leave. Leaving would imply suitcases and empty drawers, and late birthday cards with ten-dollar bills stuffed inside. Leaving would imply he was unhappy with Mom and me, or that he found a new love elsewhere. None of that was true. He also did not die, because we would've heard about it. There was no car crash, no body, no police mingling about the scene of a brutal murder. It all happened very quietly.On my sixth birthday, my father took me to the park, one of my favorite places to go at that time. It was a lonely little park in the middle of nowhere, with a running trail and a misty green pond surrounded by pine trees. We were at the edge of the pond, feeding the ducks, when I heard the jingle of an ice cream truck in the parking lot over the hill. When I begged my dad to get me a Creamsicle, he laughed, handed me a few bills, and sent me after the truck.That was the last time I saw him.Later, when the police searched the area, they discovered his shoes at the edge of the water, but nothing else. They sent divers into the pond, but it was barely ten feet down, and they found nothing but branches and mud at the bottom. My father had disappeared without a trace.For months afterward, I had a recurring nightmare about standing at the top of that hill, looking down and seeing my father walk into the pond. As the water closed over his head, I could hear the ice cream truck singing in the background, a slow, eerie song with words I could almost understand. Every time I tried to listen to them, however, I'd wake up.Not long after my father's disappearance, Mom moved us far away, to a tiny little hick town in the middle of the Louisiana bayou. Mom said she wanted to "start over," but I always knew, deep down, that she was running from something.It would be another ten years before I discovered what.My name is M.eghan Chase.In less than twenty-four hours, I'll be sixteen years old.Sweet sixteen. It has a magical ring to it. Sixteen is supposed to be the age when girls become princesses and fall in love and go to dances and proms and such. Countless stories, songs, and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset.I didn't think it would be that way for me.The morning before my birthday, I woke up, showered, and rummaged through my dresser for something to wear. Normally, I'd just grab whatever clean-ish thing is on the floor, but today was special. Today was the day Scott Waldron would finally notice me. I wanted to look perfect. Of course, my wardrobe is sadly lacking in the popular-attire department. While other girls spend hours in front of their closets crying,"What should I wear?" my drawers basically hold three things: clothes from Goodwill, hand-me-downs, and overalls.I wish we weren't so poor. I know pig farming isn't the most glamorous of jobs, but you'd think Mom could afford to buy me at least one pair of nice jeans. I glared at my scanty wardrobe in disgust. Oh, well, I guess Scott will have to be wowed with my natural grace and charm, if I don't make an idiot of myself in front of him.I finally slipped into cargo pants, a neutral green T-shirt, and my only pair of ratty sneakers, before dragging a brush through my white-blond hair. My hair is straight and very fine, and was doing that stupid floating thing again, where it looked like I'd jammed my finger up an electrical outlet. Yanking it into a ponytail, I went downstairs.Luke, my stepfather, sat at the table, drinking coffee and leafing through the town's tiny newspaper, which reads more like our high school gossip column than a real news source. "Five-legged calf born on Patterson's farm," the front page screamed; you get the idea. Ethan, my four-year-old half brother, sat on his father's lap, eating a Pop-Tart and getting crumbs all over Luke's overalls. He clutched Floppy, his favorite stuffed rabbit, in one arm and occasionally tried to feed it his breakfast; the rabbit's face was full of crumbs and fruit filling.Ethan is a good kid. He has his father's curly brown hair, but like me, inherited Mom's big blue eyes. He's the type of kid old ladies stop to coo at, and total strangers smile and wave at him from across the street. Mom and Luke dote on their baby, but it doesn't seem to spoil him, thank goodness."Where's Mom?" I asked as I entered the kitchen. Opening the cabinet doors, I scoured the boxes of cereal for the one I liked, wondering if Mom remembered to pick it up. Of course she hadn't. Nothing but fiber squares and disgusting marshmallow cereals for Ethan. Was it so hard to remember Cheerios?Luke ignored me and sipped his coffee. Ethan chewed his Pop-Tart and sneezed on his father's arm. I slammed the cabinet doors with a satisfying bang."Where's Mom?" I asked, a bit louder this time. Luke jerked his head up and finally looked at me. His lazy brown eyes, like those of a cow, registered mild surprise."Oh, hello, Meg," he said calmly. "I didn't hear you come in. What did you say?"I sighed and repeated my question for the third time."She had a meeting with some of the ladies at church," Luke murmured, turning back to his paper. "She won't be back for a few hours, so you'll have to take the bus."I always took the bus. I just wanted to remind Mom that she was supposed to take me to get a learner's permit this weekend. With Luke, it was hopeless. I could tell him something fourteen different times, and he'd forget it the moment I left the room. It wasn't that Luke was mean or malicious, or even stupid. He adored Ethan, and Mom seemed truly happy with him. But, every time I spoke to my stepdad, he would look at me with genuine surprise, as if he'd forgotten I lived here, too.I grabbed a bagel from the top of the fridge and chewed it sullenly, keeping an eye on the clock. Beau, our German shepherd, wandered in and put his big head on my knee. I scratched him behind the ears and he groaned. At least the dog appreciated me.Luke stood, gently placing Ethan back in his seat. "All right, big guy," he said, kissing the top of Ethan's head. "Dad has to fix the bathroom sink, so you sit there and be good. When I'm done, we'll go feed the pigs, okay?""'Kay," Ethan chirped, swinging his chubby legs. "Floppy wants to see if Ms. Daisy had her babies yet."Luke's smile was so disgustingly proud, I felt nauseous."Hey, Luke," I said as he turned to go, "bet you can't guess what tomorrow is.""Mmm?" He didn't even turn around. "I don't know, Meg. If you have plans for tomorrow, talk to your mother." He snapped his fingers, and Beau immediately left me to follow him. Their footsteps faded up the stairs, and I was alone with my half brother.Ethan kicked his feet, regarding me in that solemn way of his. "I know," he announced softly, putting his Pop-Tart on the table. "Tomorrow's your birthday, isn't it? Floppy told me, and I remembered.""Yeah," I muttered, turning and lobbing the bagel into the trash can. It hit the wall with a thump and dropped inside, leaving a greasy smear on the paint. I smirked and decided to leave it."Floppy says to tell you happy early birthday.""Tell Floppy thanks." I ruffled Ethan's hair as I left the kitchen, my mood completely soured. I knew it. Mom and Luke would completely forget my birthday tomorrow. I wouldn't get a card, or a cake, or even a "happy birthday" from anyone. Except my kid brother's stupid stuffed rabbit. How pathetic was that?Back in my room, I grabbed books, homework, gym clothes, and the iPod I'd spent a year saving for, despite Luke's disdain of those "useless, brain-numbing gadgets." In true hick fashion, my stepfather dislikes and distrusts anything that could make life easier. Cell phones? No way, we've got a perfectly good landline. Video games? They're the devil's tools, turning kids into delinquents and serial killers. I've begged Mom over and over to buy me a laptop for school, but Luke insists that if his ancient, clunky PC is good enough for him, it's good enough for the family. Never mind that dial-up takes flipping forever. I mean, who uses dial-up anymore?I checked my watch and swore. The bus would arrive shortly, and I had a good ten-minute walk to the main road. Looking out the window, I saw the sky was gray and heavy with rain, so I grabbed a jacket, as well. And, not for the first time, I wished we lived closer to town.I swear, when I get a license and a car, I am never coming back to this place."Meggie?" Ethan hovered in the doorway, clutching his rabbit under his chin. His blue eyes regarded me somberly. "Can I go with you today?""What?" Shrugging into my jacket, I gazed around for my backpack. "No, Ethan. I'm going to school now. Big-kids school, no rug rats allowed."I turned away, only to feel two small arms wrap around my leg. Putting my hand against the wall to avoid falling, I glared down at my half brother. Ethan clung to me doggedly, his face tilted up to mine, his jaw set. "Please?" he begged. "I'll be good, I promise. Take me with you? Just for today?"With a sigh, I bent down and picked him up."What's up, squirt?" I asked, brushing his hair out of his eyes. Mom would need to cut it soon; it was starting to look like a bird's nest. "You're awfully clingy this morning. What's going on?""Scared," Ethan muttered, burying his face in my neck."You're scared?"He shook his head. "Floppy's scared.""What's Floppy scared of?""The man in the closet."I felt a small chill slide up my back. Sometimes, Ethan was so quiet and serious, it was hard to remember he was only four. He still had childish fears of monsters under his bed and bogeymen in his closet. In Ethan's world, stuffed animals spoke to him, invisible men waved to him from the bushes, and scary creatures tapped long nails against his bedroom window. He rarely went to Mom or Luke with stories of monsters and bogeymen; from the time he was old enough to walk, he always came to me.I sighed, knowing he wanted me to go upstairs and check, to reassure him that nothing lurked in his closet or under his bed. I kept a flashlight on his dresser for that very reason.Outside, lightning flickered, and thunder rumbled in the distance. I winced. My walk to the bus was not going to be pleasant.Dammit, I don't have time for this.Ethan pulled back and looked at me, eyes pleading. I sighed again. "Fine," I muttered, putting him down. "Let's go check for monsters."He followed me silently up the stairs, watching anxiously as I grabbed the flashlight and got down on my knees, shining it under the bed. "No monsters there," I announced, standing up. I walked to the closet door and flung it open as Ethan peeked out from behind my legs. "No monsters here, either. Think you'll be all right now?"He nodded and gave me a faint smile. I started to close the door when I noticed a strange gray hat in the corner. It was domed on top, with a circular rim and a red band around the base: a bowler hat.Weird. Why would that be there?As I straightened and started to turn around, something moved out of the corner of my eye. I caught a glimpse of a figure hiding behind Ethan's bedroom door, its pale eyes watching me through the crack. I jerked my head around, but of course there was nothing there.Jeez, now Ethan's got me seeing imaginary monsters. I need to stop watching those late-night horror flicks.A thunderous boom directly overhead made me jump, and fat drops plinked against the windowpanes. Rushing past Ethan, I burst out of the house and sprinted down the driveway.I was soaked when I reached the bus stop. The late spring rain wasn't frigid, but it was cold enough to be uncomfortable. I crossed my arms and huddled under a mossy cypress, waiting for the bus to arrive.Wonder where Robbie is? I mused, gazing down the road. He's usually here by now. Maybe he didn't fleel like getting drenched and stayed home. I snorted and rolled my eyes. Skipping class again, huh? Slacker. Wish I could do that.If only I had a car. I knew kids whose parents gave them cars for their sixteenth birthday. Me, I'd be lucky if I got a cake. Most of my classmates already had licenses and could drive themselves to clubs and parties and anywhere they wanted. I was always left behind, the backward hick girl nobody wanted to invite.Except Robbie, I amended with a small mental shrug. At least Robbie will remember. Wonder what kooky thing he has planned flor my birthday tomorrow? I could almost guarantee it would be something strange or crazy. Last year, he snuck me out of the house for a midnight picnic in the woods. It was weird; I remembered the glen and the little pond with the fireflies drifting over it, but though I explored the woods behind my house countless times since then, I never found it again.Something rustled in the bushes behind me. A possum or a deer, or even a fox, seeking shelter from the rain. The wildlife out here was stupidly bold and had little fear of humans. If it wasn't for Beau, Mom's vegetable garden would be a buffet for rabbits and deer, and the local raccoon family would help themselves to everything in our cupboards.A branch snapped in the trees, closer this time. I shifted uncomfortably, determined not to turn around for some stupid squirrel or raccoon. I'm not like "inflate-a-boob" Angie, Ms. Perfect Cheerleader, who'd flip out if she saw a caged gerbil or a speck of dirt on her Hollister jeans. I've pitched hay and killed rats and driven pigs through knee-deep mud. Wild animals don't scare me.Still, I stared down the road, hoping to see the bus turn the corner. Maybe it was the rain and my own sick imagination, but the woods felt like the set for The Blair Witch Project.There are no wolves or serial killers out here, I told myself. Stop being paranoid.