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The Iron King Review and Giveway

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If you look at the books that have been coming out in recent years, you’re sure to notice the many, many supernatural/fantasy books out there.

Harry Potter1 should probably get some of the credit as one of the most recent series of fantasy books to sell like hot cakes. And then there was the Twilight series2 …though I’m sure you have no idea what I’m talking about. Then there is the Meredith Gentry3 series which really applies the most to this.

This book I read – in one day – called The Iron King follows that fantasy vein and does it successfully, might I add.

There’s been speculation that the next wave of fantasy books will shy away from vamps and take on other parts of the supernatural/fantasy world that usually gets overlooked. Take the Percy Jackson series4 for instant. An entire series about Greek Gods. Did you ever think you’d see kids – and adults – eating up multiple books about Greek Gods?

The Iron King5 is about the fey. Fairies. And not the Tinkerbell type. There are two fey courts: Seelie and Unseelie. Seelie generally are the “good guys” and Unseelie are the “bad guys” but when it comes to the fey…well…there really aren’t any good guys or bad guys. There are just a bunch of pointy eared magical folks looking out for themselves.

Back to the book.

Here’s the synopsis since you’re well aware of the fact I’m not very good at that kind of thing. I mean, I guess I could just tell you exactly what happens and ruin it for you but then, what would be the point of entering this contest so you can win the book so you can read it for yourself? You see my point.

In less than twenty-four hours Meghan Chase will be sixteen. Countless stories, songs and poems have been written about this wonderful age, when a girl finds true love and the stars shine for her and the handsome prince carries her off into the sunset.

But Meghan suspects that it won’t be that way for her.

After all, Meghan 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 that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and a pawn in a deadly war.

Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

It’s good. Promise. If you don’t believe me, you can read the first three chapters for free on the website for the books. Because there are two books. And I can’t wait for the second one.

Contest time.

All you gotta do is leave a comment saying what creature/animal/person/thing/whatever will be the next big hit in YA fiction and general fiction. To make it even more fun, tell me why you think that.

You can garner a second entry by sharing this contest on Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz or wherever you tend to hangout. Just leave me the link to said sharing as proof and you’ll get a second entry. Maximum number of entries per person is two. So share the contest in a million places because you love me and you’re a generous and caring person. Just know you’ll get one entry for all that sharing and one entry for your creature comment.

The prize is to own one copy of The Iron King and this handy-dandy contest will close at 10am on July 9th and the winner will be chosen randomly via Random.org. The winner will be announced here and contacted. If said winner doesn’t respond within seven days then I move on down the list.

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Christine won this contest/giveaway thing. Yay Christine! Christine has seven days from now [16th at 10am] to send me her mailing address. If she doesn’t then I’ll remove her name from the list and redraw.

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Comments

  1. I’m going to say owls. Because they are awesome.

  2. It’ll be fairies, they are creeping into the vampire stuff and there are good books already out there. Have you read Terry Pratchett’s Wee Free Men? Love it.
    I have the feeling you’d probably like Charles de Lint, too.

    • I’m thinking fairies as well but I just plowed through two books – they’re in a series – about werewolves that pretty much redefined the rules with regards that whole schtick.

      Really cool/good books.

      Charlaine Harris has done a pretty solid job of integrating fairies into her Sookie Stackhouse books but, then again, she does have a little taste of all of the interesting, doesn’t she? 😀

      And, no, I haven’t read the authors you suggested though “Wee Free Me” made me giggle.

  3. I think we’re already starting to see the fae/fey/however you spell it creep into the market. They started by moonlighting in other fantasy books, but now we’re seeing series focus around them. That or witches.

  4. I think its going to be mermaids. There are a few books about them but I think there on the rise.

  5. Maybe those Greek myths will be the next thing. I’m hoping. Even though there’s the big Percy Jackson hit already out 🙂

    I retweeted: http://twitter.com/VamPoet/status/17259024984

  6. Oooh, this book sounds so cool ! I’ve seen it everywhere and I’ve been wanting to get my hands on it, so thanks for the awesome contest!

    Hmm the thing I’m thinking that will be the next hit is fallen angels. I’ve seen a lot of books with fallen angels and stuff, and they’re becoming really big. Another one is werewolves. Because vampires got the spotlight, I think werewolves need their time to shine!

  7. nicole says:

    I think elves would be a good series character.

  8. Zombies. Thanks for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

  9. Stalkers. Bwahahahaa.

    Actually, I can’t tell you because then I’d give away the secret of my new book series. 🙂

  10. Shannon Baas says:

    grizzly bears.

  11. Hmm that is a tough one. I never thought vampires would be as popular. I think they will continue along the lines of Twilight, but focus on wolves now.

  12. Kris T. says:

    Maybe time traveling angels from another planet? Thanks for the chance to win a copy of The Iron King!

  13. Jenn S. says:

    I am going with Angels.

  14. Daniel M says:

    hobbits, hope peter jackson makes it

  15. erma H says:

    I think Bigfoot would be the next big thing cause they are always talkin about bigfoot sightens.

  16. Jason says:

    I think the next big thing will be sea creatures like the Loch Ness monster, because that seems like a good untapped market

    jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

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  18. Louis says:

    Banshees maybe

  19. joseph newby says:

    It will be things like satyrs and other epic creatures that are reminiscent of older fantasy books. I think this because everything cyclesa round and CS Lewis has books being made into movies again.

  20. Ed Nemmers says:

    A puffin; it had a curious presence.

  21. Renee G says:

    I guess I would say unicorns will be the next “it” thing.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

  22. I like the first comenter’s idea about owls, but I’m not sure I would be so lucky since I love owls. I’m going to guess we’ll go the way of the werewolf, thanks to the whole Twilight thing.

  23. I’m waiting for a “green” series that shows us either the evolution of the human race into something new; a group of bio-engineered children to show good and bad sides of genetic manipulation; or a new/ancient race that’s sort of an alternate evolution to humans and makes an appearance to stop humanity from destroying the planet.

  24. Breanne says:

    I’d like it if was zombies since they’re quite different.

  25. Aisling says:

    I’d like to see kids relating to something more realistic – like making heros out of the nerd kids who don’t do sports and like to read.

  26. I’m going to say lions. They are the king of the jungle and while everyone goes crazy for tigers, lions are where it’s at!

  27. Gianna says:

    Werewolves because they change from wolf to human.

  28. Veronica Garrett says:

    I think devils will be the next big thing. I think they won’t be evil. They will be like the vampires very romantic. I think the supernatural theme will continue to expand.

  29. susan smoaks says:

    i think that the next big thing will be cats

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