Iron Hearted Violet

Iron Hearted Violet


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Iron Hearted Violet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. It was a modern fairy tale. Magic, Dragons, Castles, Gods. A must read for everyone! Be who you are and you can do anything!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers Favorite "Iron Hearted Violet" by Kelly Barnhill is a beautifully written story about a princess who lacks exterior beauty but has a heart of gold. Little Violet was born into a kingdom which was not as it appeared. Most of the residents of the Kingdom believe themselves to lead charmed lives but there is a long-hidden secret which threatens to destroy each and every person in the Kingdom. There is a wicked god about to be unleashed and the only way to save the Kingdom is to learn the secrets of the gods and then plot a means to destroy the seemingly indestructible creature. Violet teams up with her best friend Demetrius and together they discover the last dragon in existence. They believe the aging and damaged dragon to be the key to destroying the evil god but they lack the clues as to what part the dragon must play. This is a tale which will keep the young reader guessing and plotting along with the heroes of the story. The plain and ordinary princess and the stable boy actually reverse roles for a while and this is something to add to the interest of the young reader. The major characters are real and believable and the reader will want to jump into the story and assist them on their way to making the Kingdom right and true. It is just a lovely story from start to finish.
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
VIOLET WANTS TO BE THE BEST PRINCESS FOR HER PEOPLE. Violet is not a beautiful princess. Not a “proper” princess. This is made abundantly clear to her in whispers and misspoken quips. It eats away at the girl, whose hair is not shiny and whose eyes are not symmetrical. Her father is bold, her mother is kind, and Violet is just… Violet. She accepts this with a princess’ grace, but still, it eats away at her. She tries to distract herself with her friend, Demetrius, and exploring their mysterious castle. Our course, the castle has more than meets the eye, and some passages have more secrets than others. THIS OUGHT TO BE A CLASSIC CHILDREN’S STORY. Listening to Iron Hearted Violet was like experiencing classic children’s tales like The Never Ending Story or Dragonheart. There’s a richness to this story that is positively enchanting. It is narrated by a storyteller, and contains an imperfect protagonist who means well but does not always make the best choices. The fantasy world is accepted and gentle – not loud and in your face. Really, most everything in this book is perfectly fine. Until it isn’t. VIOLET IS SWEET AND WELL-INTENTIONED. The protagonist is not your typical sort. First of all, she’s ugly. She’s not described as “pretty enough” or “plain” – she’s flat-out described as ugly. Second, she’s not particularly brave or snarky. She’s just… Violet. That’s why I like her. She is just doing the best she can and that makes her incredibly relatable. She wants people to like her and she wants to do the right thing. I also really enjoyed how the story starts with everything alright, rather than in the thick of things. One tiny thing shifts out of place, and another shifts into place, and then we have our conflict. A lot of books I’ve been reading it’s pretty clear that any exposition serves just so you know the character’s names before anything BIG happens. I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK. This is the sort of tale I would have loved as a child, and I intend to add it to my personal library. It was, simply put, charming! It teaches children to appreciate who they are and the gifts they are given, but it’s not written so childishly that a teen or adult could not enjoy it. It makes fun of traditional fairytales and is interesting enough to keep you reading.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
Since I started listening to audiobooks more consistently, I’ve taken up perusing what’s in stock each time we visit Half Price Books. This hidden gem, Iron Hearted Violet, was on the shelf after several visits. And since I have a soft spot for books about dragons and it was relatively short (just over 7 hours) I decided to give it a shot. After only two or three drives, I knew I had to have the physical copy of this book for my collection. There were just TOO many quotes I wanted save. This is a book about STORIES specifically LOST stories and a not-so-pretty princess. I HAD to have it. So I headed over to Amazon, used a gift card and purchased a physical copy of the book to accompany my audio CDs. Much to my surprise, after it arrived, I found the story was studded with line drawings illustrating the happenings in the novel. As I got further and further into the story, like Violet, I felt I had discovered something special. Iron Hearted Violet is a story about forgotten stories, friends, the sacrifices you make for them and doing what is right. The story is told from the point of view of an older court storyteller. Simon Vance did an excellent job of setting the stage and telling the story. I was always anxious to learn more about the Nybbas and Demetrius and Violet. The adults in the story learn a great deal from the courage of the children in their lives. Everyone learns the power of stories. Fans of Harry Potter, readers who love dragons and those who love twists on the traditional princess storyline will love Iron Hearted Violet. If you have young children, you might try reading this one aloud to them. This little middle-grade novel caught me by surprise and I’m happy I took a chance to listen to it as well as page through the physical copy. It’s sure to stick with me for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good but a little slow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oldest~ DewKit- large smoke grey tabby with green eyes. <p> Second~ SmokeKit- black tom flecked with grey and violet eyes. <p> Third~ AshKit- white tom with one grey ear and tailtip. Green eyes. <p> Forth- RainKit- black tabby with white a grey streaked fur and mismatched eyes. RPED <p> Runt- LittleKit- small grey tabby with a white belly and tailtip. Blind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is that bad?