Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"The Iron Queen" by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen (Harlequin Teen)From Goodreads: "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."

Typically I love me a good selfless character- a character who is willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good- but the end of this book? I wish that Meghan had been selfish and gotten the ending that she deserved after all of her hard work. My heart seriously broke while reading the last couple pages of this book...

I personally wasn't all that impressed with "The Iron King"- I felt as if the characters were not as developed as they could have been and a good chunk of the story wasn't all that original- it followed almost to a tee every YA Fey already out there. The second book in the series, "The Iron Daughter", was exceptionally better- we saw greater character development, a very unique plot line, and a plot filled with action and adventure. But this third book in the series? Infinitely better than either combined.

Sometimes you have to push through a few okay books in a series to get to the fantabulous books and this is very much the case for this series (finding the diamond in the rough so to speak). If you read the first book and thought that it was just "okay" and decided not to continue on with the series, well I think that you made a bad decision and a decision that you will really come to regret.

In this book Meghan shed her whimpery-dependent-upon-the-boys-in-her-life-attitude and embraced her inner kick-butt-ness. Though I didn't always agree with her decisions (ie. her decision at the end of the book regarding one of the boys), I can understand why she did them. As for Ash and Puck? Well both boys personalities grew tenfold (well more so Ash's- Puck was always a pretty funny character whereas ice-boy was a bit harder to relate to).

After finishing this book I thought to myself "Well, that is sad that it is over" and I became quite depressed (for some reason I thought that this series was only a trilogy), so when I learned that there is another book coming out in this series, "The Iron Knight", I literally squealed out loud. I CANNOT WAIT. I think that the reigning Fey Queens- Melissa Marr, Holly Black, Lesley Livingston, and Aprilynne Pike) had better keep an eye out for Julie Kagawa, she is a true trailblazer and I think that she may herself become a Queen of Fey soon.

Rating: 10/10


  1. I totally agree! Julie Kagawa really grew as an author throughout this series. Meghan became so kick butt in this book. I loved it. I cannot wait for The Iron Knight!

  2. agreed! i cried so much for this book, and i actually liked how it ended, i cannot wait for the iron knight! also, i kinda have a crush on Glitch -blushes-

  3. Julie actually wanted to end it with this one I learned, but her editor pushed her to do this and it made the readers happy!

    She did mention another new YA series she's working on that sounds very interesting too! And I can't wait to read that one! But The Iron Knight, might possibly be the last. Not 100% sure, she mentioned the new series and this book, but not really if the Iron Fey series would continue on, for Megan's story was done.

    But totally agree with you on how the books got better as they progressed! Sooooo can't wait to get Ash's story and wondering what will happen there and all!

  4. Oh I loved this one too. I think my fave was the Iron Daughter. I'd have to reread them all to make sure. :) So glad you loved the books.

    Team Grim! :D


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