Sunday, September 25, 2011

Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

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.

"Her desires are mine. Her wishes are mine. Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side. And should it fail to protect her, let my own existence be forfeit. This I swear, on my honor, my True name, and my life. From this day on ... I am yours."

In my opinion, this series has finally reached its full potential. No more being held back by a whiny, clingy protagonist. 

"The Iron Queen" breaks new ground in the series, changing the fey world as we know it and leaving us with a more improved version of Meghan that we can be proud of. 

In true Kagawa fashion, the story provides a cinematic feeling. It's easy to visualize wandering through the strange and spectacular settings that she has created. 

The Iron Realm has a steampunk atmosphere and is described as a place that even Tim Burton would be proud of. Bright colors and friendly faces are scarce and bizarre creatures lurk around every corner.

Metallic cat-like predators and enormous blue worms covered in blinking lights are some of the residents that occupy the Iron Realm. 

As expected, all of the characters are described in dramatic detail, always vibrant and eccentric. 

The story was solidly constructed, complimented by a colorful cast, an incredibly sweet romance and an ending that leaves you eager for more. 

While you're waiting for Ash's story, "The Iron Knight", you can check out "Summer's Crossing" (Iron Fey 3.5). 
It's very short, an easy read, and you can spend more time with Ash and my troublemaking little boyfriend, Puck. 

"I would be more than her guardian and champion and the jester who made her laugh. I would be her everything, if I could." 


Braine said...

ARGGGHH!!! I envy you! I'm so curious about this series because all I've been reading about it is incessant gushing and raving. My local library doesn't carry the series which is dumb if you ask me. hahahaha!

Addicted2Heroines said...

People really seem to love this series. I actually thought the first two books were just "ok". The author has a wonderful imagination and there is plenty of action to keep you entertained, but the protagonist drives me insane!

If you ever get around to reading them, let me know what you think.

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