Review: The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa

Release Date: January 25, 2011
Published By:
Harlequin Teen
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: The third installment to the “New York Times” Bestseller.

My name is Meghan 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 stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

Review: The Iron Queen was probably my favourite book in the Iron Fey series so far! And that’s not taking anything away from the first two books in the series, because I feel they set the scene up so well for The Iron Queen, and that’s what made it so amazing.

The first book, The Iron King was predominantly about introducing us to the Nevernever as well as Prince Ash and Puck (swoon!). The second book, The Iron Daughter was about forming alliances and in some cases fracturing relationships. The Iron Queen is an all out war – even more action packed than what I found in both The Iron King and The Iron Daughter, and also more brutal. Kinda reminded me of the major battle scenes that you would see in Narnia or Braveheart. It’s epic.

The storyline is solid, it sucks you in from the start and leaves you hanging until the very end, and there’s a few surprise twist and turns throughout that left me a bit gobsmacked. I really feel like this would make an incredible movie if they ever wanted a challenge. Whenever I read Julie Kagawa’s books, I can see each scene unfold in my mind as I read. It really captured my imagination and kept my attention the whole way through. There’s so much happening throughout, but I didn’t find it overwhelming.

The character development is really exciting. I absolutely love where this book takes us with Meghan, Ash and Puck and their relationships with each other! Sometimes I think I am Team Puck and then other times I am totally Team Ash. Such a first world problem falling in love with litterary characters. Sigh.

I absolutely loved the way this book finished – I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, and so I won’t go into what happens. But I will say that I really felt as though it finished the series off nicely (at least from Meghan’s perspective). The Iron Fey series was originally intended to be a 3 book series, and I felt like it could have ended at book 3 and it would have been fine. That being said book 4, The Iron Knight (written from Ash’s perspective) gives a complete picture about what happens after.

Love love love it! Really great book and I highly recommend this whole series!


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