Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

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The end of their world begins with a story. This one.
In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn't most fairy tales.
Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being--called the Nybbas--imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true--not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph...or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.
Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other. It is a story of the last dragon in existence, deathly afraid of its own reflection. Above all, it is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.

About Kelly Barnhill

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Kelly Barnhill is a poet and writer. The Mostly True Story of Jack, her debut novel, received four starred reviews. Kelly lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children.
Published October 9, 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 443 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Although she uses the standard set of ingredients (spunky princess, stable boy, two-dimensional villain, dragon, small helpful magical creatures, etc.), Barnhill’s latest never quite lives up to its potential.

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Barnhill (The Mostly True Story of Jack) creates a splendid fantasy around a story’s power to change the world.

Sep 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Iron Hearted Violet

City Book Review

Violet is a miracle child, born to a queen who had many times tried to bear a child.

Dec 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Iron Hearted Violet


"IRON HEARTED VIOLET is a fantastic story...Barnhill’s story is fun, smart and interesting and is sure to thrill all kinds of young readers."IRON HEARTED VIOLET is the latest by Kelly Barnhill and it is a fast-paced and thoughtful fantasy adventure.

Nov 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Iron Hearted Violet


While Demetrius and the king have been away, Violet has continued to try to unlock the secret of the strange painting and the history of dragons.

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