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The Iron King

(The Iron Fey #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  206,635 ratings  ·  12,899 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
Paperback, 363 pages
Published January 19th 2010 by Harlequin Teen
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Adrienne Neither, they both deserve better than her.
Neither, they both deserve better than her.
Sharon Schultz No, I really don't think it is. Unless you like brainless, weepy heroines and RAMPANT tropes beating you over the head with horrendously flagrant disp…moreNo, I really don't think it is. Unless you like brainless, weepy heroines and RAMPANT tropes beating you over the head with horrendously flagrant displays of cliche.(less)

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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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
3rd reread: May 15, 2017. I still love this book to pieces. Ash, you sexy motherfucker.

I know that a lot of people might be surprised that I like this book, considering I tend to rip other fantasy YA to pieces. I just don't think it's bad. I don't think Meghan was annoying, she reacted appropriately freaked out at times, but that's reasonable. I think Ash is **HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGG** there's a reason he's one of my 3 book boyfriends.

Grimalkin is absolutely a devilish little delight. Puck wa
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️

I tried.
I really, really tried.
But this just wasn't my jam.
I picked it up at least three different times and no dice.



When you are interested in a book by an author you've never read before...
...which is priced at $7.99...and you discover your library has it in ebook form for FREE.

Helen 2.0
I have a vague memory from my early teen years that haunts me to this day - there I was, reading The Iron King as it had just been released. I turned the last page, smiling to myself, and thought, "Wow, what a fantastic book. Meghan is so amazing and smart, and Ash is so dreamy. I wish I had two handsome, perfect men chasing after me."
Then, out of nowhere, a disembodied hand materialized in front of me and smacked the living daylights out of my face, like so:

The Supernatural Slapping Incident o
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
help. i think im entering a slump because im pretty sure i was over this before i even began reading it.

i was really in the mood for something fae related, but i had barely reached the second chapter when i knew this wasnt the kind of fae story i wanted. i love julie kagawa - i appreciate her writing and unique portrayal of the fae world - but i just wasnt feeling this.

i think meghan is a big reason why. she is one of the most insufferable characters i have read in a long time. ash is pretty g
I've had 'The Iron Fey' series sitting on my Audible shelf for quite some time. Paranormal/Fantasy isn't my "go-to" genre, but I was curious about this series after seeing some great reviews for it. Yet, every time that I was in the mood for this type of story there always seemed to be another book released that was higher up on my TBR priorities.

I finally got around to listening to this audiobook on a recent cross-country family road trip. Since my children, as well as my 89 year-old grandmoth
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 a
Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
It's so interesting to go down the memory lane. In my book diary, I called the Iron King the book of the year 2012.
And now I can only remember a scene or two nothing more. Plus I do not believe I either finished this series. It's fascinating how your feelings towards a book can change so much.
Emily May
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
“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
Dec 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-ya-ya
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
Okay, I can't do this anymore. DNF at 62%. This is a negative review, so if you liked the book please respect my opinion as I respect yours.

... this book. You see, this is not a situation in which I can say that the book wasn't bad but it just wasn't for me (as it happened with Cruel Beauty, or even with Fangirl). This book is terrible. It's every cliché and stereotype in YA fantasy in one single book.
It was honestly painful for me to even get this far, and I don't want to do this anymore. Ever
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fae, paranormal, fantasy
Before everything else,I need to express my strong belief in the existence of fairies,because they would perish without our dreams and thoughts and hopes.I've got your back guys,I will not let you fade into oblivion!

"Yeah,Mom,Ethan’s turned into a monster and my best friend thinks he’s a faery.How was your day?"

As you can see,Meghan's life is not that simple.She used to be the girl that lived by the swamp,an outcast,until her 16th birthday,when a creature disguised as her little brot
Final rating: 3/5 stars
Final rating - for the whole series: 3.5/5 stars

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
Whitley Birks
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
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-
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 pretty much 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.Trul
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, high-school, ya
*** 3.75 ***

A buddy read with the MacHalo sisters, because this summer we want to return to our early teens:):):)

So yes, I finally read this and I have to say, it is not bad at all. However, it is another of those series that I wish had been around when I was 12, 13, 14 or so years old, because I would have been swooning and in love with this Fairytale for teenagers and YA. I think this is exactly what one of those should read and feel like, not to light, not heavy, no excess in violence and ro
Em Lost In Books
Two boys, one girl, and an unknown enemy. Running away from one enemy only to barge into another enemy, this sure was fun.
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
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

There's just something so satisfying in reviewing a much hated book that I genuinely liked a lot. Or is that just me? See, when I'm in the minority, it's usually because I can't bring myself to understand the fucking appeal of some asshole who's loved by everyone and his cousins.

The opposite is rarer, but it does happen. Proof's The Iron King. Even if I read it in 2014, back in the time when I was new to GR and barely back to reading, I won't change my rating. Here's why.

I loved this book.
I lo
I liked it, I didn't like it, I liked it I didn't like it IlikeditIdidn'tlikeit...
I'm torn.
[Second Read]

Still 4.25 stars!
This series is so amazing - I'm glad I picked it up again!


[Original Review]


Ah, this book.

I read this book/series about 3 years ago, and whenever I think about it I still remember how amazing it was. I know some people say that Meghan is annoying and not likeable, but I never thought so. She's insecure, like many of us are and I always thought that made her very relatable. She felt real - and I felt as though I was going through everything a
• Lindsey Dahling •
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
This started off pretty strong and then moved to boring me to tears. So much so that I kept checking the clock, hoping it was time for my dentist appointment so I could stop reading.

I’ll finish this review after my appointment...and a nap...

Update: My dentist appointment ended up being a surprise root canal (THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING. I AM SO #BLESSED), yet I still can't decide if that annoyed me more than this book.

Non-spoilery things I liked:

1. Some of the world building.

That was legit. Part
Jun 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
*sees all the mixed reviews*

*decides to read book*


The Iron King was so, unironically bad. It read like a parody... except it wasn't. Which just made it cringey. Let me share with you just a few of the gems I found in this book.
The morning before my birthday, I woke up, showered, and rummaged through my dresser for something to wear. Normally, I'd just grab whatever clannish thing is on the floor, but today was special. Today was the day Scott Waldron would finally notice me.

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
Simona B
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
"Of all the stupid ideas! What is wrong with you?"

-Robin Goodellow aka Puck when asked to choose a sentence to describe Meghan When-in-danger-when-in-doubt-run-in-circles-scream-and-shout Chase. We all appreciate his outspokenness.

As a matter of fact, this book is completely unremarkable. It does no harm, in a general way, but it's undoubtedly pretty naive, childish at times, crammed full of annoyingly stereotypical narrative schemes, predictable and not particularly original in the execution no
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2017, ya
actual rating: 3.5 stars

The Iron King has been on my tbr list since forever. I always avoided reading it because I heard so many mixed opinions about it. Anyway, I finally read it and I'm glad I did. This book was quite a surprise.Even though I only gave it 3 stars, I still enjoyed it (mainly the second part). This is no review since what I want to say has already been said just some of my thoughts about this book.

Even though main events started early in this book, it wasn't slow paced yet I wa
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Meghan realizing she has faery blood:
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Meghan sees Ash:
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Ash tries to kill Meghan:
Image result for GIF angry sparta
Meghan still chases after him:
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Yeah, you probably get the idea. This might sound like a cheesy book, but don't worry, there's definitely more to it!
Meghan's brother is caught by the evil baddies, the Iron fey.
Image result for GIF dun dun dun
She meets many wonderful characters in winter wonderland and in the sunny summer territories!
Yes, there's definitely more than Helena and Demetrius actions between Meghan and Ash!
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I actually won a GR Giveaway!!! I don’t know when I will get a chance to read it with my schedule and ARC commitments, but I am so happy to have won!

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