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The Iron King
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Iron King, first book in the highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling Iron Fey series, has likable, heroic characters, and dastardly villains. Teen Meghan Chase goes in search of her younger brother, who's been spirited away to the fairytale world of A Midsummer's Night Dream. The story includes hand-to-hand combat, sword fighting, monsters, bullying, and cruelty to people, animals, and magical creatures. Some crude language, including "f--k," "s--t" and variants, "damn" and variants, "crap," "bastard," and other name calling.
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What's the story?
In THE IRON KING, first in a five-book series that also spawned spinoff tales, the fey kidnap Meghan Chase's younger brother, Ethan. Meghan, who's always felt out of place in the human world, takes the plunge into the Nevernever to rescue her brother. There she meets friends and enemies, including a dangerous, sexy prince. Once she realizes why Ethan's been abducted and what it has to do with her, Meghan's life turns upside down, and she has more choices to make.
Is it any good?
Magical and heartfelt, The Iron King is a thrilling tale told in gorgeous language. Once Meghan steps into the world of the Nevernever, readers won't want to leave. Fans of Harry Potter and other exciting fantasy stories will thoroughly enjoy this book, in which characters are well developed, with their own unique personalties. Meghan's a terrific protagonist readers will root for till the cliffhanging end. They'll also enjoy Puck's humor and tricks, Prince Ash's grace and romantic charm, and Meghan's dealings with fantastic adversaries.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the idea that "you always have a choice." Do you agree or disagree? What do you think of Meghan's choices?
Have you read A Midsummer Night's Dream? Do you prefer the characters as they appear in Shakespeare, or in The Iron King? How are they different, or the same?
What do you think about humans being so reliant on technology? What about global warming and climate change?
- Author: Julie Kagawa
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Book Characters, Brothers and Sisters, Fairy Tales, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, High School, Horses and Farm Animals, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Science and Nature
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Harlequin Teen
- Publication date: February 1, 2010
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 18
- Number of pages: 368
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), iBooks, Kindle
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