Iron Hearted Violet

Iron Hearted Violet

By Kelly Barnhill; Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316056731, 432pp.

Publication Date: October 2012


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 the Author
Kelly Barnhill is the author of three fantasy novels for children - "The Witch's Boy", "Iron Hearted Violet" and "The Mostly True Story of Jack". She has also written several short stories for grown-ups, which can be found in "Postscripts, " "Weird Tales", "Lightspeed, " "Clarksworld" and other publications. She has received fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Abigail Quigley-McCarthy Center for Women and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her architect husband, her three Most Remarkable Children, and her ancient, possibly-immortal dog.

IACOPO BRUNO is a graphic artist and illustrator who lives in Italy. He illustrated James Preller's "Home Sweet Horror", "I Scream, You Scream!", "Good Night, Zombie", and "Nightmareland".

Praise For Iron Hearted Violet

A 2012 Andre Norton Award FinalistA Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner

"Barnhill inverts common fairy-tale notions...[and creates] the most inventive rendition of architecture since J.K. Rowling conjured Hogwarts....Poetic."
-The New York Times Book Review

"A splendid fantasy...layered and complex, Barnhill's story brings a modern feel to age-old fairy tale tropes."
-Publishers Weekly

"Storytelling plays a key role in the book, intriguingly blurring the line between what is real and what is imaginary....Triumphant."
-The Horn Book

"Wonderful read-aloud potential...with a likable hero and heroine, a well-paced plot, and a daunting villain."

"[Violet] is a princess for our century."