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The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)

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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  125,113 ratings  ·  8,850 reviews
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
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen (first published 2010)
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Jen Rothmeyer Puck.

Ash is merely an attractive face who is hung up on an old girlfriend. They have no history and no relationship. There is absolutely no reason…more
Puck.

Ash is merely an attractive face who is hung up on an old girlfriend. They have no history and no relationship. There is absolutely no reason for either of them to be at all interested in each other except hormones, and the level of engagement the author gave to the relationship is rather unrealistic.(less)
Briannah I would read it in exact order such as, The Iron King (1), Winter's Passage (1.5), The Iron Daughter (2), The Iron Queen (3), Summer's Crossing (3.5),…moreI would read it in exact order such as, The Iron King (1), Winter's Passage (1.5), The Iron Daughter (2), The Iron Queen (3), Summer's Crossing (3.5), The Iron Knight (4), Iron's Prophecy - e-novella (4.5), The Lost Prince (5), The Iron Traitor (6)
Also, I recommend this website for any fans: http://theironfey.com/TheSeries.html
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Kat Kennedy
ICOFA (InCase of Fairy Abduction)

In the event that you are abducted by fairies, please adhere to the following guidelines so that I don't have to watch or read about you blundering through fairyland like an incompetent idiot.

1. Never thank a fairy for services rendered.
2. Never eat fairy food.
3. Never dance with fairies.
4. Never strike a bargain with a fairy unless you've agreed on the fine points.

The Iron King is a book about a sixteen year old girl, Meghan Chase. Can I advise all people readi
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Amy
Wow!- As many others have stated, at first glance THE IRON KING appears to be your typical faerie book. Summer court? Check. Winter court? Check. Shakespeare-esque characters? Check. Yes there are similarities, but these lie only in the bare backbone of the story. Yes there are those faerie courts and A Midsummer Night's Dream characters (Oberon, Titania, etc), but they are necessary for the make-up of the story. From here on out, Julie Kagawa makes THE IRON KING shine in the already-faerie inun ...more
Kristalia
FINAL RATING: /





To venture in a world of The Iron Fey, you must proceed with this knowledge:

1. This is not a book about fairies like these:



Imagine evil - well, not all of them are evil- ELVES, so called FAERY or plural FEY.

2. They don't have wings (well, most of them don't) and there are many of them like dryads, goblins, gremlins, kelpies, ogres and so on and on.

3. In this world, fey are not to be trusted! They will always go for favors and bargains and never-ever-never say "thank you" to fey.

4
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Blacky *Romance Addict*



NO!


I almost DNF-ed this one. It just irritated me to no end :(

But then I met Ash. He deserves the 3 stars here <3





You know, sometimes less is more.

The Iron Fey universe obviously doesn't know of the concept "less" :(((



Up to 40%, the heroine sees about a 150 different creatures, a bit less in the second half but overall she sees a million of them and they're all described like crazy. I know, now you're thinking, Blacky you're a moron or your brain is non-existent for not being able to cope with
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Emily May
“Something was happening, something strange and creepy and terrifying, and the scariest part of all was that it wore a familiar, ordinary face.”

3 1/2 stars.

While The Immortal Rules series is still Kagawa's winner for me so far, I was actually really pleasantly surprised by this book. Almost everyone I know picked up this series a few years back and I deliberately avoided it. YA paranormal with a love triangle? Yeah, no thank you. But I've been meaning to see if I was wrong ever since I reall
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The Flooze
**6.12.2011 ETA: Finished book three and this is one of the most frustrating YA series I've read to date. If you've no tolerance for angsty, bratty, obtuse heroines, steer right clear of it.**

**3.5-ish?**

Julie Kagawa’s YA novel is an interesting treatment of Celtic legend, with characters reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland and the movie Labyrinth. Kagawa’s vision of Faerie (or the NeverNever) is fully-realized and her particular talent lies in description--her world feels incredibly alive. I can
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Kristi
This book was outstanding. I mean really... I was totally enthralled from page one to page three hundred and sixty eight. I am blown away at the sheer awesomeness that emits from this book.

First off, I’m a huge fan of “Fae” in general, especially love reading this type of story. But at the same time, when it comes to book about fae there are a lot of similarities. Many books share the same mythology, the Summer Court and Winter Court, references to Midsummer Night’s Dream... The Iron King has t
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Whitley Birks
I don’t mind if you want to write a story with a “green” message, if you want to encourage people to value and protect nature, if you want to say the narrative equivalent of “yo, bro, you don’t seem to have noticed that pollution is bad.”

But when you do that by literally killing the embodiment of the dream of human progress?

Sweetie, we’re going to have issues.

So let’s break down all the many ways this doesn’t work, shall we? In this anti-science, anti-reason, anti-all-that-is-separating-us-from-
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Jessica
Endearing Heroine? Check. Unique plot? Check. Gripping story that sucks you right in? Check. Loveable and interesting secondary characters? Check. Hot romance? Check!

You see? DING DING DING DING DING ! Jackpoooooot!

God, I literally devoured this book. As so many others I find it rather difficult to review books that I loved and seeing as the Iron King will join the rest of my favorite books in my personal hall of fame I can hardly come up with anything to say about it except for: This.Was.Truly.
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Misty
I liked it, I didn't like it, I liked it I didn't like it IlikeditIdidn'tlikeit...
I'm torn.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
The Iron King was an enjoyable read, but not exactly a memorable one. And while there were certain elements to it that were fairly original, the majority of the story felt like the same old tired scenario that Holly Black and Melissa Marr have already used. And because I'm ornery for details - the linguistically accurate term is fay, not fey. Just saying.

For a protagonist, I certainly enjoyed Meghan Chase more than whosit from the Holly Black book and Madam Skank from the other author's book. Th
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Katya
Well, that was mighty unimpressive.

I'd seen this series mentioned several times, but I never really thought about reading it. The premise was, sorry, just like any other girl-with-secret-destiny-and-two-hot-guys book out there, and I've read enough of those to be weary of sneaky marketing. But then I read Kagawa's "The Immortal Rules", and I admit, I was impressed, even if I thought the book had problems. So I picked this series up.

Um...

Well, first of all, I think that this is probably going to
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
I don't think there's anything further I can add to what's already been said about this legendary book. There is so much to love, and very little I found objectionable. This is my second time reading it, with a more critical view, and I found that I enjoy it even more this time around.

The plot in a nutshell: Meghan's little brother Ethan has been acting strange, and it turns out he has been replaced by a changeling. She and her long-time best friend Robbie (more popularly known as Robin Goodfell
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Haleema
Beware of spoilers! I'm really not a good reviewer, spewing spoilers like this. But sowwie.

See, I haven't read many books on the fey. The last one I read was Spells by Aprilynne Pike. That didn't go well, meaning that it sucked platypus poop. So when I devoured The Iron King in a week, I was utterly mesmerized by it. The characters, the concepts, the world building, the colors and mist, the overall beauty of it, made me want to take a stroll in a garden while munching on Godiva neapolitan truff
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Flannery
Before I begin this review, I'd like to clear something up. Keep in mind, it is complete fact*:

If there were 100 women in the world, 90 of those people would think long hair on a guy is gross. Of the 10 remaining women who aren't totally turned off by long hair, 8 of those women are scifi, fantasy, or romance authors.

Julie Kagawa, what the heck? You took a guy that could be a total babe (okay, who am I kidding, he still is) and gave him "silky" long locks. Blech.

This book took my ultimate night
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Steph Sinclair

Ummm....WOW! That is how I felt after reading The Iron King. Simply amazing. I was lost in this book for a few days and I never wanted to leave the beautiful world Julie Kagawa painted. This is the best "Fey" book I have ever read!

What I liked about this book: everything! There is not one thing I would change. I rarely give books 5 stars unless the story really calls to my soul. And boy was this book singing! The characters were totally believable and realistic. Puck is my favorite bc he is simp
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Colleen Houck
What a fascinating fey world. My favorite part of it was the Machina fey. Loved the description of the computer mice that scampered around and the iron trees and acid rain. Just as cool was Mab's realm with the frost and winter scenery. Ash's powers were super cool.
Nic
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Nicole
I know allot of people loved this book...don't kill me but... eh, I really didn't like this book much. Half way through I was enjoying it, but then it just fell flat for me. It was quite hard to finish. I just keep hearing the same inner debate from Meghan and thought she needed to stop thinking about what she should do and just F***ing do it! I mean really how many times are you just going to stand there and let something happen to you without catching on that you should move the H*LL out of th ...more
Laz
Feb 12, 2015 Laz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: paranormal lovers
This is not my first read of fae, though it's not like I've read tons of books about fairies. In fact this is the second book I've ever read that's completely about fairies. I must confess that I'm impress. I really liked this book. The world is amazing, full of wonders, magical creatures, and of course our annoying but amazing fairies.

Well, when you say 'fairy' the first thing that comes to your mind has to be Tinkerbell. Come on, admit it, even if you're not proud of it, that's what you see wh
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SKB
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Heather
May 04, 2010 Heather rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010, ya
The Iron King is a mess of a book, so much so that I don't even know where to begin in reviewing it, my thoughts are almost as scattered as the author’s. This book reads like bad fan fiction, borrowed bad fan fiction at that. Riddled with erroneous scenes, lacking in character development, and one incredibly far-fetched villain, it was impossible for me to enjoy. I searched everywhere, but could find nothing to like. I can't even summarize the story as their is simply too much of it, and yet not ...more
Laura Lulu
***SPOILERS AHEAD***

I feel bad giving this 2 stars, but when you hover over the stars, 3 is "I liked it" and 2 is "it was ok", and this was just ok for me. Maybe it was doomed to be picked apart by me due to the 4.25 star rating it has right now. But I expect a 4.25 star rated book to be really good, and this definitely wasn't. It was barely regular ole good.

But there were things I liked--the book had much potential. I really liked Kagawa's Nevernever, and the explanation of how stories & so
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Maria Snyder
I've read a ton about this book through the blogosphere -- all good. I must admit, I'm not a big Fae/Fairy/Fey fan in general - I know it's becoming more popular - but I'm not going to NOT read a book because of this (I did enjoy Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr) it's not like the Camelot stories - I refuse to read anymore of those :)

However, I really loved this book! It has good pacing, good characters, good plotting - the main protagoinist is likable and realistic and the poor girl has it rough,
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Joyzi
Nov 16, 2010 Joyzi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who love Tinkerbell
Recommended to Joyzi by: Goodreads
To have a more organize review I'll use pros and cons(as always^^, OC that I am!).

Pros:
1. Okay this is my 1st fairy book, considered that a plus. ***I'm confused though if this is the 1st fairy book that I've read because I've already read Artemis Fowl (is that a Fairy book?) and City of Ashes (there's a little Fairy scene in it too)***

2. The Fairy Realm created in the book was really creative I love the Seelie(Summer) Court and the counterpart of it the Unseelie(Winter) Court...Oh I love the Po
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Alienor ☠ is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ☠


Warning : I'll do what I can, but I'm feeling restless - and I'm pretty sure this sensation will end when, and only when, I'll be able to grasp The Iron daughter. Therefore, before taking the time to write a proper review of each book, I intend to... well, do my best?



This book managed to reach a part of me I had forgotten for years. The part of me who used to watch The Never Ending Story, wide-eyed, to read Alice in Wonderland, eager to meet that odd cat and to visit whatever weird world fantas
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Taissa
4.5 stars
I'm surprised at how much I loved this book.
It was perfectly paced, and just everything thing about it made me excited!
Every time I read the last of a page I was thrilled to read the next one.
Definitely recommend even to people who aren't a big fan of faeries.
Caro
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Xime García
Feb 07, 2015 Xime García rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NADIEEEEEEEEEEE *ruge como Hulk
: TE ODIO MERECÉS MORIRRRRR

YA SÉ POR QUÉ ODIO TANTO A ESTA SAGA DE LIBROS. Fue la primera vez (ah re virgen), la primera vez que me di cuenta de que no aguantaba a la protagonista principal.

Ya para cuando empecé esta saga, me había leído cuanto libro Y.A. se me cruzaba en librerías. Me había leído todo el repertorio de Cassandra Clare, Becca Fitzpatrick, Stephenie Meyer, algunos libros sueltos como Delirium o Firelight, había leído sobre protagonistas todas iguales, había leído sobre chicos tod
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Erika




Yeah I need fireworks. It is my highest rating for YA book so far. I know there are only a few YA books on my shelves. But if I had to put all YA books which I tried and read no more than four chapters, I would have made myself look like a villain. Which is not gonna happen. I almost gave up after a couple first chapters because of the heroine. She had been weak, spineless, and reckless. Thank God for Goodreads! After reading a friend's review, I decided to keep reading. She was right, it was wo
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The YA Book Club: The Iron Fey 3 19 Feb 15, 2015 04:09PM  
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  • Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy, #2)
  • Vanish (Firelight, #2)
  • Darklight (Wondrous Strange, #2)
  • My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2)
  • Ironside (Modern Faerie Tales, #3)
  • Radiant Shadows (Wicked Lovely, #4)
  • Touch of Power (Healer, #1)
  • Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)
  • Endure (Need, #4)
  • Deity (Covenant, #3)
  • Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls, #2)
  • The Sorcerer King (Faerie Path, #3)
  • Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga, #2)
  • Illusions (Wings, #3)
  • The Body Finder (The Body Finder, #1)
  • Guardian of the Gate (Prophecy of the Sisters, #2)
  • Blackbringer (Dreamdark, #1)

Other Books in the Series

The Iron Fey (7 books)
  • The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2)
  • The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3)
  • The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey, #4)
  • The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)
  • The Iron Traitor (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #2)
  • The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #3)
The Iron Daughter (The Iron Fey, #2) The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3) The Iron Knight (The Iron Fey, #4) The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2)

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