The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
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The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1)

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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...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 1st 2009)
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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...more
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
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"
Blacky *Romance Addict*


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...more

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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...more
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.**


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...more
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....more
I liked it, I didn't like it, I liked it I didn't like it IlikeditIdidn'tlikeit...
I'm torn.
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-...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.


Well, first of all, I think that this is probably going to...more
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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...more
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
Laura Lulu

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...more
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!).

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...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
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...more
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
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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,...more

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...more
I had high expectations for this book. It seemed to be a melting pot of everything I like in a novel; fantasy, adventure, mythical creatures, romance, etc etc. So when it came out, I was super excited, and couldn't wait to read it.

I think I was guilty of building it up in my head, something I try to avoid doing as more often than not you're disappointed with the actual product. 'Disappointed' is somewhat of a euphemism here, but that's what I am right now. Disappointed that the author wasn't mor...more
The Iron King definitely holds a respectable spot in the world of faerie fiction. Fans of the Wicked Lovely series will enjoy this highly fantastical adventure that spans across three fey courts; includes numerous seelie and unseelie characters that abide by the rules of engagement of faerie lore; and creatively parallels a beloved Shakespearian play. Well done!

The story does include your usual suspects found in most YA books such as your typical teenage girl who is unaware of her true self and...more

I honestly loved this book. It was hard not too. Kagawa created an enchanting blend of classical fairy tale and modern-day adventure(much like the aforementioned villain, the "Iron King", creating a neat parallel).

Though it isn't a particularly funny book per se, I personally appreciated the quiet sarcasm and quirky wit thrown in at random times. That is,the universe was darker than I'd thought when reading the blurb, but frankly, it was a nice change.

The author does not only show great attenti...more
Morgan F
Meghan Chase is used to being nothing special. Her father disappeared when she was six, and her family seems to forget she even lives with them sometimes. At school its much of the same, her only friend being Robbie, a prankster who seems to be more and more protective of her of late. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she is sure that will all change. Her cool crush will notice her and her mother will take her to get her license. Meghan is determined that this will be the most special bi...more
The Iron King is a breath of fresh air after a string of mediocre novels.

I guess that's not entirely fair. Some of the novels I've read lately have captured my interest and kept me turning pages to the end. But, in recent memory, I can't recall a book that has literally made me forget who I am and what I'm doing. I feel like I body-snatched Meghan Chase and was in her shoes for the whole 370ish pages.

I felt her worry for her brother, Ethan.

I felt her confusion and frustration in Nevernever whe...more
Kwesi 章英狮
'O my god, this is the most precious book I ever found!' That was my first reaction and with no hesitation I bought it like I saw a million-cost jewelry. Well, from comments and reviews online, it was a promising book. Yes it was, and who said no. Unfortunately, the story is quite disappointing in my part and the big part of it is that this book is not really for boys. Okay, please, don't think any negative idea about what I said.

The book was all about faeries, feys, dwarfs and all mythical crea...more
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