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Review: “The Iron Queen,” Julie Kagawa

November 25, 2011
Review: “The Iron Queen,” Julie KagawaThe Iron Queenby Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on January, 2011
Genres: Faeries, Fantasy
Pages: 358

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.

In my opinion, the best book in the series! The Iron Queen marks the third installment in Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, which returns with its loveable characters, intricate world-building and heart-stopping twists and turns. An absolute must-read!

Julie Kagawa has once again delivered when it comes to bringing her vivid world to life. The ongoing rivarly between Summer and Winter ceases momentarily as they face a new threat – the encroaching Iron Kingdom. The storylines of both The Iron King and The Iron Daughter come full-circle in this third book, and it’s great (if not a little sad!) to see everything wrap up so perfectly. I really enjoyed seeing the Winter and Summer courts join forces to face a common evil.

Though I absolutely adore our cast of characters, my favourite thing about this series has to be the world in which it’s set in. The Nevernever continues to awe me with its little details, niches and unique brand of magic. Whenever I think I’ll grow used to its wonders, Julie Kagawa invents something brand new and I’m left marvelling over her world-building skills all over again. When you read these books it’s as if you’ve really stepped into the pages, and in my opinion, that’s what a good book does. You feel as if you’re a part of the action rather than spectating.

The relationship between Ash and Meghan further develops, and I love the way they compliment each other. I’m a huge Puck fan, but I was able to take a step back and appreciate Ash and Meghan’s story, once again finding myself on the fence about which fae I like better! Two of my other favourites, Leanansidhe and Grimalkin also return and I loved every scene they featured in!

I’m also pretty at peace with the ending – I didn’t guess at all at the identity of the False King, so it was a surprise when he was revealed. I don’t want to give anything away, but the ‘solution’ of the three-book arc was fantastic and I really enjoyed watching Meghan develop both emotionally and ‘fae-fully’! As for the ‘cliffhanger’ (could you call it that?) I really can’t wait to embark on the journey with Ash and Puck that will continue in The Iron Knight. But, I’m reluctant to end my relationship with this world and its characters once that book is over!

I think it’s a good time to mention that this is probably the ONLY fae-centric series that I love whole-heartedly. There are a whole lot of fae books in the YA market – old and new – but none of them have particularly captured my interest or kept me invested enough to continue or complete the series. I’m pleased to say though, The Iron Fey has succeeded where Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr and Tithe by Holly Black did not. If you’re a bit iffy about fae stories, please give this series a shot. It’s fae done right; completeley ethereal, detached from the human world and with epic plotlines and world-building!

Recommended to: A must-read for any fans of the series. If you haven’t picked up the first, The Iron Daughter, what are you waiting for?

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.


  • Reply Penelope November 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Fantastic review! This is exactly how I feel about The Iron Queen. It’s my favorite of the series; including The Iron King (which is pretty dang good). I just love Kagawa’s world building, and her ability to make intricate plots.

  • Reply Lalaine (ficbookreviews) November 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Ahhh I loved this book. one of my fave in the seriess. #teampuck

    Great review!


  • Reply Cleo November 25, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I absolutely loved this book, and the whole entire series, too! Great review! I just got The Iron Knight and definitely can’t wait to read it.

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