The Iron Queen {ARC review} * * * * 1/2

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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)

  1. The Iron King * * * *
  2. The Iron Daughter * * * * 1/2
  3. The Iron Queen (Jan 25, 2011) * * * * 1/2
  4. The Iron Knight (soon?!?!?!)

Book Links

Author’s Website : www.juliekagawa.com

Author’s Twitter : @Jkagawa

Amazon : *pre-order* paperback

Add To Your GoodReads TBR List

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).

Brief Summary

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

Plot/Pacing/Writing Style

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).

Characters

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.

Favorite Quotes

*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.

Recommendations

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?

Tara SG
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14 Responses to The Iron Queen {ARC review} * * * * 1/2

  1. Kat says:

    I just received this ARC, and I CAN’T WAIT to read it! Glad to hear it was fairly awesome and sorry to hear about the ending– hopefully she will fix it! Thanks for the review. πŸ™‚

    • Tara SG says:

      @ kat : While the ending is sadder than I expected, it isn’t the worst that could have happened. Overall I really loved this book! I hope you do too!

  2. Natalie says:

    I’ve got this one on my Nook thanks to NetGalley, and I can’t wait. Except now that you say the ending is a huge cliffhanger, I’m sort of afraid to read it. It drives me crazy when I have to wait for the next book when the ending makes you want to scream.

    I’m kind of torn about there being more books. Like you, I thought we would be getting our conclusion with Iron Queen. On the other hand, I’m glad that we’ll be seeing more the characters.

    • Tara SG says:

      @ Natalie : I think the cliffhanger is more of a heart breaker than a “what the heck just happened” kind… not that helps…

      I feel the same way. I’m extremely excited now that I know (kinda) what the next book will be about.

  3. Alexia561 says:

    So glad that this one lives up to the first two, but I’m surprised that Julie decided to extend the series to a fourth book. I was expecting a trilogy, and now we have to wait for book four? πŸ™

    • Tara SG says:

      @ Alexia561 : Honestly, the more I think about it the more I appreciate her continuing the series. If it would have ended with this last book, I would have been beyond heartbroken.

  4. Missie says:

    What?! Help me understand, Tara. I thought this was the final book, and it ends with a cliffy! NOOOOOO

    I had seen the announcement for The Iron Knight, but I guess I thought it was going to be like Midnight Sun. The story from Ash’s POV. Is it actually the continuing story?

    Please don’t tell me more stuff happens to keep Ash and Megan apart.

    Gah!

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read it myself, even if I hate cliffies.

    • Tara SG says:

      @ Missie : Trust me on this – you will hate the ending of this book, however, you will be beyond thankful that there will be one more.

  5. kay says:

    It’s good news that you enjoyed this one as much as the previous books! I have the first two but haven’t started them yet. I’m usually not into the “fey” thing, but reviews of the series have been so, so good I couldn’t resist!

  6. Felicia says:

    I am reading this one now! I am watching out for the ending LOL

  7. Alessandra says:

    I really should try this series. Every blogger seem to like it so much. Not really reading this post because I’d like to avoid spoilers, but BTW, if you know of netgalley.com, it might be useful to keep an eye on it. They had e-ARC copies of the first three books in the series, so it’s reasonable to assume that they’ll offer a digital ARC of the fourth book when it’s available.

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