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THE IRON KING BY JULIE KAGAWA BOOK CLUB CHAPTERS 7-13

Brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell Cadiz

Chapters 7-13

New Characters:
Grimalkin
King Oberon
Tansy (satyr who helps Meghan in the Summer Court get adjusted)
Titania, Queen of the Seelie Court

Short Summary/Mini Description: Meghan ends up meeting Grimalkin, a Cait Sith, who was sleeping in the very tree Puck ended up throwing Meghan into to hide her when he left to make the fey dogs chase after him instead. Meghan stupidly agrees to make a deal with Grimalkin, even though she doesn’t know if he’s actually friend or foe: he agrees to help her find her way to Puck and in return Meghan will do a small favor for him when he calls on her. Meghan makes into the Summer Court being escorted by guards of King Oberon who has sent for her and discovers she is the daughter of the king. Meghan tries to plead with him to help her find Ethan but King Oberon is more concerned with keeping her hostage so his enemies can’t use her against him. To top it off, King Oberon has turned Puck into a crow and won’t let him return back into his normal self as punishment for bringing Meghan into the fey world when she was never supposed to find out about it in the first place.

Meghan is stuck in the Summer Court whether she likes it or not. She meets King Oberon’s wife, Titania, who is not fond at all that her husband had cheated on her sixteen years before with a mortal and had an offspring. She threatens to turn Meghan into a rabbit until King Oberon steps in and forbids her. Titania punishes Meghan by having her work in the kitchen for days where Meghan is really just seen as another slave. Soon Elysium arrives (where the Winter and Summer Courts trade power as the seasons change) and Meghan is summoned to attend. She comes face to face with the Prince of the Unseelie Court, Ash, who had been the one hunting Meghan and Puck on their first day in NeverNever. During the celebration a Chimera attacks and both courts blame each other and argue about declaring war. Meanwhile, Grimalkin helps Meghan escape from the Seelie (Summer) Court.

Favorite Scene: I liked when Ash asks Meghan to dance. He is so cool and suave and dangerous. I also like at the end when he promises he’ll kill her.

Favorite Character: Grimalkin is awesome! I love how he’s always making fun of Meghan’s intelligence. He’s as sarcastic as Puck and I love it!

Least Favorite Scene: Meghan being stuck on kitchen duty. She spends so much of the chapter whinnying!

Least Favorite Character: Still Meghan. She acts too childish and immature. She needs to grow a spine and get some dang common sense!

Favorite Quotes: “The NeverNever is dying, human. It grows smaller and smaller every decade. Too much progress, too much technology. Mortals are losing their faith in anything but science. Even the children of man are consumed by progress. They sneer at the old stories and are drawn to the newest gadgets, computers, or video games. They no longer believe in monsters or magic. As cities grow and technology takes over the world, belief and imagination fade away, and so do we.”

Discussion Questions:
1) What do you think is going to happen between Ash and Meghan? Do you think he’s going to attempt killing her like he said he would?
2) Why do you think Ash was hunting down Puck? What do you think happened between the two of them?
3) How would you react if you found out

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