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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kelly Barnhill Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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’ triumphor 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Kelly Barnhill’s first fantasy novel, The Mostly True Story of Jack, she surprised the jaded reader of fairy-tale retellings. With Iron Hearted Violet, she scores again. Here, too, Barnhill inverts common fairy-tale notions: there’s a princess who is not beautiful, a dragon more fearful than fearsome, and gods who do not tower but are humble in size. The tale’s castle…is the most inventive rendition of architecture since J. K. Rowling conjured Hogwarts.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A splendid fantasy…layered and complex, Barnhill’s story brings a modern feel to age-old fairy tale tropes…Barnhill’s nimble prose make[s] this a winning choice for before-bedtime read-alouds.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Simon Vance provides a captivating performance of this enchanting tale about magical kingdoms, princesses, dragons, evil forces, and the power of stories…Especially effective is Vance’s embodiment of young Violent as he balances tones of seriousness and enthusiasm to reflect assorted aspects of her personality, from precociousness and determination to fear and vulnerability…Hypnotic.”


  • “Barhnill has created a traditional fairy tale with wonderful read-aloud potential…with a likable hero and heroine, a well-paced plot, and a daunting villain.”


  • “The action unfolds at a leisurely pace, with complex subplots and mysteries gradually revealed. Violet’s realm is richly imagined…This satisfying fantasy combines adventure with food for thought.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ashley (Firestarbooks) | 2/14/2014

    " The writing was beautiful but it was boring. Full review to come. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brandy Painter | 2/6/2014

    " Full review can be found here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paul | 2/6/2014

    " such a delightful book! Great for late elementary readers & junior high. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Proud Book Nerd | 1/12/2014

    " This is a great MG book for those who love fantasy and fairy tales. We have an unconventional princess with a dragon who is not fierce in the least bit, and and unconventional hero. The tale is a unique, fun fairy tale, and I think any MG reader will really enjoy Violet's story. "

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About the Author
Author Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill writes novels for children and short stories for adults and poetry that she whispers in the dark when no one is listening. She has received grants and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and the Loft. She lives in Minnesota with three very smart kids, one very smart husband, and a dog who she believes might be one thousand years old. No one can say for sure. (The dog, incidentally, is very smart too.)