The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

 

Published: Jan 25, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: I purchased this book
Series: The Iron Fey Book #3 (Review of Book 1, Book 1.5, Book 2)
Find the author: Goodreads || Website 
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~ The Blurb ~
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.

 

~ My Thoughts ~

The Iron Queen is the conflict and action packed third installment in the Iron Fey series, where Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grim try to find a way to defeat the false Iron King and save the Nevernever once and for all. It is epic. It is exciting. And it definitely has the most action to be found in the series.

I was thrilled to see that Meghan was no longer the week and helpless girl who was constantly looking to her left or right for Ash or Puck to protect her. Granted she did rely heavily on them but she was able to hold her own in a kick-ass kind of way. She showed a lot of growth in this novel and while it was a long time coming it was definitely worth the wait. I loved when Meghan started to really feel her own power, and began ordering Ash and Puck around. She definitely became a more likeable character in my eyes when she decided to stop playing the victim and do something about it!

I didn’t find that the storyline kept me on the edge of my seat the way the first two novels in the series did and I’m not exactly sure why that was. Maybe it is because I was also coming to terms with the fact that Puck probably doesn’t have a chance. ;) Don’t get me wrong, I read this book quickly and it kept me guessing but it was just a little less satisfying than the first two books in my opinion.

I think I’m finally ready to admit it: I sort of like Ash now. I’m not ready to give up on Puck completely and if in a crazy twist Puck got the girl, I certainly wouldn’t be crying but I guess Ash is ok too. He was finally able to open up and become a real character. The Ice Prince who was completely devoid of any emotion bit was getting old, so I really appreciated the amount of development that was given to his character in The Iron Queen. I am actually really looking forward to seeing where his character is taken in The Iron Knight and perhaps even more exciting to me is that Puck is going along with him on his “adventure”. I am expecting a lot of the same hilarious antics and wit from Grim and Puck that I have come to love and I’m sure that Ash will bring it a bit of the broody, swoon-worth declarations of love that I am starting to look forward to (a bit).

On a side note, I'm not one to give spoilers but I will tell you that you might want to brace yourself for the ending. If you don't you might get mad, but don't say I didn't warn you. Just sayin'!

 

 

4 Responses to “The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa”

  • Alison says:

    I loved this book. The series got stronger with each book, I think. I was always an Ash fan so that wasn't a problem for me. I rather liked the ending, despite it being a big surprised. It was different.

    • Bonnie says:

      I have to admit that I quite liked the ending as well – I didn’t see that coming. I was a little sad about the “first” ending if you know what I mean. I was surprised to see how much I was rooting for Ash at the end when I was firmly on team Puck for the entire series.

  • Great review! I call this whole series epic, really. The world, the plot, and characters Julie has created are just so original! Haha I think you're the first person I know who admits to not liking Ash. But I get it. While reading the first three books I did like him, but I wasn't completely pleased. I thought him too aloof, and cold, and just too "perfect" with his speeches. Then I read The Iron Knight and it was a complete eye opener to who the real Winter Prince is. After that, there was no denying how much I love Ash.
    I rooted for Puck too at one point, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. I still think Puck needs his own books and his own happy ending. Hopefully in the spin-off with Meghan's brother we'll get more Puck  ^__^

    • Bonnie says:

      Thank you so much Amy! I feel like a bit of a loaner on the “team Puck” front. Haha :( I’m half way through The Iron Knight and have yet to fall for Ash… there is still time but I’m afraid I just might be overly stubborn on this one! And as far as Puck’s own books goes… wouldn’t that be amazing? I am really looking forward to the spin off – I definitely will not be waiting so long to start reading it! :)

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