A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The Iron King presents readers with the good and bad sides of scientific and technological innovation: The world of the Nevernever is slowly being eaten away by technology, pollution and global warming, a fact author Kagawa weaves subtly into the narrative. Technology brings human progress but also imprisons people; it's causing the fairy folk of A Midsummer Night's Dream (which some readers may be inspired to check out) to be forgotten and lost. The Iron King also shows the environmental issues caused by the Industrial Revolution.
Strong messages about the importance of friendship, trusting others and believing in yourself, helping your family and taking care of your relatives, being a good Samaritan and taking the high road, putting yourself before others, and standing up for yourself. Also, recognizing that you always have a choice, and trying to make the right ones.
Positive Role Models
The Iron King has some villainous characters, but many others are positive and good-hearted. Meghan Chase is smart, quick-thinking, and loyal to a fault. At school she's bullied by her classmates, but has her friend, Robbie, to rely on. She loves her younger brother, Ethan, and will do anything to get him back. She's brave and doesn't back down from a challenge. Even when her feelings get hurt, l she keeps her head on her shoulders and doesn't let fear or sadness overtake her. Robbie's a prankster, but he loves her and wants to protect her. Fearless, brave, and sexy Prince Ash of the Unseelie Court also takes care of Meghan.
Violence & Scariness
The Iron Fey includes hand-to-hand combat, sword fighting, and monsters who kill other monsters and mythical creatures with weapons, with their fists and feet, or by devouring them. There's lots of bloodshed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirting, caressing, kissing on lips, shoulders, and cheek.
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"Bitch," "ass," "f--k," "damn," "dammit," "bastard," "s--t" and variants, "crap." Also name-calling: "idiot," "freak," "stupid."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Meghan consumes a mystical drink and food that aren't alcoholic, but do have intoxicating effects. She mentions that she has drunk alcohol before, but under adult supervision.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Iron King, first book in the highly acclaimed New York Times best-selling 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.
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.
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