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The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Jan 25, 2011
– YA, fantasy –
reviewed by Tara SG
received for review
Book Order (The Iron Fey)
- The Iron King * * * *
- The Iron Daughter * * * * 1/2
- The Iron Queen (Jan 25, 2011) * * * * 1/2
- The Iron Knight (soon?!?!?!)
Author’s Website : www.juliekagawa.com
Author’s Twitter : @Jkagawa
Amazon : *pre-order* paperback
This Book in 6 Words:
heated romance, intense battles, gripping emotions
Why did I read this? And am I glad I did?
I LOVED the first two books in this series and it was never a question as to whether I would be reading this one. If you have not started The Iron Fey, I highly recommend this series. I’m going to keep this review fairly short because I do not in any way want to reveal spoilers. I was not disappointed by this latest installment… except maybe the end (but I have faith that Julie will fix it and it will be beautiful). I laughed. I cried. I gasped. The characters continue to grow and develop in ways that are beautiful and emotional and captivating. While I think creating worlds that completely draw you is Julie’s greatest strength, she is also amazing at creating complex characters that interact in a realistic and fantastic way.
Cliffhanger Alert : I would have considered throwing the book into a wall had it not been on my Kindle (I would throw myself into traffic to save my precious and would never throw it into a wall).
My name is Meaghan Chase.
I thought it was over.That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who’s sworn to stay by my side. Drag me into the core of a conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
– via GoodReads.com
If you thought going back to the Iron Realm would be the same old, same old journey, you were wrong. I love the new Iron Fey even though I may or may not have nightmares about the spider-like creatures. And yeah, we’re still fighting an Iron King, but it is a whole new battle.
The pacing is intense. There are very few calm moments. While reading it, I almost wanted a breather… but looking back now it really put me in the characters’ shoes. They were in a constant race against time and you feel that strain as the reader (in a good way).
Meghan continues to surprise and impress me. Her strength, courage, and sacrifice is unparalleled.
I can’t talk about the boys. Everyone probably knows by now that I’ve been Team Ash from the beginning and I’m afraid if I say much about their roles in this book I’ll say too much. I will say that they both play important roles and that I fell more in love with both of them. They were brave, self-sacrificing, and fun.
I finished this book in tears. Not a graceful tear sliding down my face. I’m talking about near sobbing.
*from an ARC and may change prior to final release*
I wished that, for once, faery tales – real faery tales, not Disney fairy tales – would have a happy ending.
“This is war, human.” Mab’s voice was cold and remorseless. “It is either kill or be destroyed ourselves.”
PS. Sorry that’s all the quotes you’re getting. I had more highlighted and then decided they were too spoilerish. I’m too mean (or nice depending on how you look at it) to share them.
Even with the “mean author” ending, I highly recommend this book.
Going Deeper – NO Spoilers (just a rant)
I love Julie Kagawa (maybe a little less right at this moment) and I love her Iron Fey series. While I’m sure I’ll be happy once I have The Iron Knight in my hands (or maybe more accurately when I have it finished), I’m not particularly happy about there being a fourth book. I was looking forward to a conclusion. I thought I was going to get an ending. I’m think I’m just bummed by the ending (we were spoiled with the ending of The Iron Daughter).
How to do you feel when an author extends a series?