Title: The Iron Queen
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey, #3
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: January 25th, 2011
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.
The Iron Queen is last book in Meghan’s portion of the Iron Fey story, and what a journey it’s been. It’s kind of funny how things come full circle in this book, and I thought it was kind of appropriate. I pretty much predicted who the false king would be early on in the book, but that’s okay. I thought it was still a pretty cool way of going about things.
In this book the war between Summer/Winter and the Iron Fey is in full force, and Meghan is at the forefront of it all. It’s up to her to end the war once and for all, but before she can do that she must understand what her role is in this war and how exactly she can go about putting it all to a peaceful end. It’s a journey through not only the NeverNever, but into herself to find the core of who she really is and accept that as her fate.
Although I thought this book was good, I was a little disappointed after absolutely loving The Iron Daughter. I think what it comes down to is the adventure aspect. I think Julie Kagawa writes adventure and journeys very well, and this book didn’t have enough of that in my opinion. Sure, there was a journey going on, but it didn’t feel as big as in The Iron Daughter.
I will say that it’s incredible how much my opinion of Ash has changed throughout these books. I didn’t really care for him all that much in The Iron King, then in The Iron Daughter I started to really like him. But after this book (well shortly into this book) I started loving his character. Aside from the changes that Meghan goes through, I think that his character makes the most drastic changes and I loved him for that. It was a gradual and very rewarding process, which I can’t wait to see continue in The Iron Knight.
Overall, I thought this was an appropriate ending to Meghan’s part of the series. Some of it was a bit sad for me, and I wished certain things ended differently, but I’m hoping that The Iron Knight will round out the story as a whole and leave me loving the ending even more. I have to admit that I’m more than a little ecstatic to read the next book from Ash’s point of view. It’s not often that we, as readers, get to dive into the hero’s head for an entire book! So I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the final book of the series and Meghan and Ash’s journey together.
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