The Iron King

The Iron King

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"Meghan Chase has a secret destiny--one she could never have imagined. Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart."--p.[4] of cover.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin Teen, c2010
ISBN: 9781426847806
1426847807
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (363 p.)

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nidofito
Nov 14, 2018

Fun read though I wasn't as invested in the emotional side of things as the author wanted me to be.

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ryner
Mar 27, 2018

Just before she turns sixteen, Meghan's life starts to get really weird. The computer screens at school suddenly begin displaying unsettling messages, she sees a mysterious man on horseback watching her from afar and, most alarmingly, her little brother Ethan has become a hissing, demon-like creature. When her best friend Robbie reveals that the real Ethan has been kidnapped to the realm of faery, Meghan is determined to venture into the Nevernever herself to rescue him.

Though the first chapter was agonizing -- sooooo many overdone teenagery tropes, from Meghan's own inner monologue to the behavior and stereotypes of everyone at school -- once the adventure got underway I enjoyed the story, though perhaps not well enough to continue the series. I'd definitely recommend to teens in a readers' advisory setting.

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Gwen904
Nov 09, 2017

Meh. I don't understand why I didn't like this book when so many others did. It was very boring at first and even when it started to pick up I was extremely irritated by the weak characters, resolution, and romance. Ash was such a stereotype and his relationship with Meghan was even more of a stereotype. And, speaking of Meghan, she was probably the worst heroine I have ever read about. She was good at nothing and relied on other people to save her. Puck was at least a little better, but he swore too much for comfort. I don't have much of a motivation to continue the series, which is saying a lot because I'm an avid bookworm and love to read.

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bookswithbrooke
Feb 01, 2017

Rating: 5/5

When my best friend Danielle told me about this book I was rather skeptical. Especially when she told me that some of the elements of the novel came from Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. I thought it was going to be a poorly mashed up version of the two of them. Boy was I wrong.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa tells the story of a young girl named Meghan who’s brother Ethan gets kidnapped by the Fey. Meghan has to travel through the Never Never with her best friend and summer fey Robbie (aka Puck from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and bring him back home. Along the way she meets the winter court prince Ash, the cait sith Grimalkin, an iron fey named Ironhorse and various other fey.

Let me first start out by saying the one thing I didn’t like about this book and every book in this series: Ash. I’ve always strongly disliked him but it’s mainly because I’m not into that kind of persona. He’s incredibly arrogant and full of himself, which is a trait that I hate in any character. I find his relationship with Meghan to be extremely unhealthy and one drived off of obsession rather than love. However, I did feel some redemption for him in The Iron Knight (book 4) when he went to get a mortal body and soul so that he could be with Meghan.

As the book progresses the characters and storyline become more complex with plot twists. The characters personas become more lighter or more darker. Julie does a fantastic job of maintaing a good storyline, one that grips the reader’s attention and doesn’t ever let the reader slip from its grasp. That’s one thing that I really like about Kagawa’s writing style. She gets your attention from chapter 1 and you just can’t put the book down. Or at least, I couldn’t.

Overall, the book has the perfect balance of romance, adventure and friendship. The themes of love are very strong, which I thoroughly enjoy. The author captured a healthy friendship between Puck and Meghan, the ups and downs that every friendship should have. I really think that Kagawa did an amazing job at telling a story that all readers can enjoy in the near future. I really do hope she will write more books. I know I will read any other work that she puts out.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 12, 2016

The Iron King is about a Girl named Meghan Chase. Growing up she has always felt different and never quite fit in. This book is about when a dark stranger watches her from afar and her only friend starts to be protective of her. Her life changes when she discovers she is the daughter of a fairy king and has a huge part in an everlasting war. I really enjoyed reading this book and totally going to read the other books in the series. The book has so many details. I just wish this book had more points of view in the story, but other than that it was amazing. The plot of the book got very interesting as more characters were introduced. I was able to feel what the characters were feeling through the explanations provided by the author. This book was so entertaining and i absolutely loved and told all my friends to read it. I would definitely give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to teenagers aged 13-18.
- @terrificbooklover of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Wow. Wow. Wow. That book was AMAZING. I absolutely adored it and am extremely surprised to read all the bad reviews for this book. Julie Kagawa writes a thrilling and funny novel, originally published in 2010 and I can’t believe I didn't read this sooner. The Iron King is based on a young girl named Meghan Chase. Growing up Meghan has always felt different and never quite fit in. The story begins when a dark stranger watches her from a far and her only friend starts to be protective of her. Her life changes when she discovers she is the daughter of a fairy king and has a huge part in an everlasting war. Now she will learn how far she will go to save those she loves and if she can trust her heart at the same time. Well, overall I would give this book 5 stars for sure !! Although this book is mostly YA fantasy, it includes comical moments and hints of romance. And awee i absolutely love ASH, even with his ice heart. “Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.”
- @bibliophile of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Iron King, written by Julie Kagawa is the first book in her series, The Iron Fey. This novel follows the story of Meghan Chase, who plunges into a world of fey, but it is not your average fairy tale. Through her writing, the author showcases a multitude of classic stories including faery tale characters. After reading this book, I can see that it is directed towards a specific audience as it carries a strong romantic story, along with action and mystery. I would recommend this novel and series to anyone above the age 13, as it is targeted towards teenagers and young adults, as well as fans of the classic faery tales. Overall, I would rate this book a 4/5 stars for the creativity and page turning in every chapter.
- @Because_Logic of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

This was thrown at me from a friend who really enjoyed it. By that I mean she loved this with a passion. Reading through it, I could sort of see why. The motives behind the character's actions were (mostly) reasonable and relatable, which helped me read along and understand a lot that was happening, even if most of it made no sense. Just imagine yourself being told one day out of the blue that faeries existed. Many would laugh it off or look at the speaker with an air of dismissal. Getting into the whole World behind the curtain was very interesting for me, a person who has never stepped into this realm at all, which was quite detailed. 5/5 Stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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LaraPManhas
Jun 10, 2016

Easily sucked into this writing style. Entertaining and not all of it has to do with falling in love or an infatuation over one character.

ss1989 Apr 04, 2016

I was pretty surprised with how much I liked this book! Even with fairly overwhelming positive reviews I know this book series is more for a younger crowd? So I was excepting the cliche love triangle, the cliche mean girl intersectional school bullying, the cliche shy violet at school is secretly '' the chosen one '' stuff- and yet even with all that stuff this book has so much action! I was figuring a book about fairy princesses was going to be kinda heavy on waxing romantic and poetic but the fantasy creatures presented in the story- even the seemingly harmless ones that are just there to be beautiful are dangerous, and the danger felt in the book is very real. The emotions are real too, i felt very sympathetic to the characters at the end. I look forward to reading the next in the series!!

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blue_dog_8329
Feb 07, 2016

LOVE this book! Can't wait to read the next!

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Laleh2000
Jul 20, 2015

Amazing book. Had a great story line and characters. Read it in one day it was so hard to put down. Overall, recommend to anyone who loves books with action, fantasy and romance.

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booksl
Sep 28, 2014

This book, is like my favorite!! I couldn't get bored of this book, even though I reread it almost 6 times!! 😆

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Gwen904
Nov 07, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Main character's brother is replaced by changeling that tries to attack several persons (with fangs, claws, teeth, blood, creepy glowing eyes, weird mood swings, etc.) I found this book's beginning very horror-movie style.

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Gwen904
Nov 07, 2017

Coarse Language: Frequent use of b**ch, sh**, ass, and f**k.

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Gwen904
Nov 07, 2017

Sexual Content: Kissing.

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gabriellatreacy
Dec 15, 2013

Violence: the story is about violance

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gabriellatreacy
Dec 15, 2013

Coarse Language: they say fuc* and bitc*

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gabriellatreacy
Dec 15, 2013

Sexual Content: just kissing and its not to discriptive

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caitieem
Aug 04, 2012

Violence: Lots of violence, a war is written into the books. But it's not really super gory

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caitieem
Aug 04, 2012

Sexual Content: Lots of kissing, and sex is mentioned once. (but it wasnt horribly descriptive)

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caitieem
Aug 04, 2012

Coarse Language: Some coarse language is involved i.e. swearing

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mooseors
May 25, 2012

Sexual Content: Smooch, smooch, smooch.

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Gwen904
Nov 07, 2017

Gwen904 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18

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dragongirl454
Jul 11, 2017

dragongirl454 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 17

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408jew28
May 26, 2014

408jew28 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 13

perricherry Dec 12, 2012

perricherry thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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banana197
Nov 25, 2012

banana197 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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aprilmay
Aug 12, 2012

aprilmay thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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caitieem
Aug 04, 2012

caitieem thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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helengraace
Aug 01, 2012

helengraace thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 20

mauve_falcon_4 Jun 25, 2012

mauve_falcon_4 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Hatsmos
Feb 09, 2012

Hatsmos thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Gwen904
Nov 10, 2017

"I'm a cat." - Grimalkin

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Gwen904
Nov 07, 2017

Meghan: So, you want me to drink that… that stuff and just forget about Ethan. Just forget about my only brother. That's what you're saying.
Puck: Well, when you put it like that…
Meghan: Of course I won't forget about Ethan! He's my brother! are you really that inhuman, or just stupid?
Puck: Inhuman.

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Gwen904
Nov 07, 2017

"Once you start seeing things, you won't be able to stop. People have gone mad with too much knowledge." - Puck

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Gwen904
Nov 07, 2017

"You know what they say—ignorance is bliss, right?" - Puck

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Gwen904
Nov 07, 2017

"Mortals have perfected the art of not seeing what they don't expect to be there." - Puck

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starkitty24
Jan 02, 2013

Puck stepped forward. "Ladies and felines," he stated grandly, grasping the doorknob, "welcome to Ti Na Nog. Land of endless winter and shitloads of snow."
P.210

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ucblue
Jun 15, 2012

"Oh of course, that's it," Robbie said with a sneer. " I've always wanted the IQ of a rock. No, wait. That would be an insult to the rock." He snorted.
-Puck-

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Hatsmos
Feb 09, 2012

"and then I was all like, oymygod shes such a loser." -Angie

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Farifroggy
Dec 18, 2011

My name is Meghan Chase. In less than 24 hours, I will be

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Mahala
Apr 09, 2011

"Because I'm a cat"!

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Mahala
Apr 09, 2011

image On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Meghan Chase is confronted with a scene straight out of Pet Cemetery when she and her mother are attacked by her four year old brother. Her best friend Robbie (aka the famous Puck) saves her and reveals that her brother has been switched with a faery changeling and the only way to get him back is to find the kidnapper in the Nevernever (aka faeryland).

The world of the faery is as terrifying as it is beautiful. In her quest, Meghan is nearly eaten several times, ripped apart by trolls, drowned by nixies, impaled by a prince, raped by a herd of satyrs, and boiled by Goblins. And that's not even half of it. There is nothing sweet and gentle about the fey in this book.

Meghan has always felt that she didn't quite fit in. But she could always rely on her best friend, Robbie, for a smile and her little brother, Ethan, for a hug. On her 16th birthday, Meghan's world is shaken to the core when Ethan is kidnapped and she finds out that Robbie is not what he appears to be. Determined to rescue Ethan, Meghan enters the faery realm where the Summer and Winter fey are eternally at odds. Meghan becomes a pawn in their deadly game and knows she cannot trust anyone. Even so, she needs help to battle her way across the Nevernever in search of Ethan and must decide whether the gorgeous but dangerous Winter prince can be trusted. When a cruel and twisted power threatens to destroy all of Nevernever, will Meghan find her brother before it’s too late?

Grades 8-12, 363 pages

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