Review: The Iron Queen

November 26, 2012 Review 2 ★★★★½

Review: The Iron Queen
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
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Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 304
Release Date: February 1st 2011
Series: The Iron Fey #3
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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The New York Times Bestseller 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.Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014
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SPOILERS AHEAD.

 

I have to apologize to all of the people that recommended these to me and I still put them off, I was so surprised when I read THE IRON KING and fell in love with everything between those pages. If you have read my other reviews, you know how picky I can be! What mainly put me off was the sheer number of people that gushed about them, “Team Ash,” “Team Puck,” and I thought I was in for another stereotypical Young Adult novel. Definitely not, readers. Don’t be deceived like all those humans in the Nevernever.

I’m pretty sure Ash and Meghan’s unbreakable loyalty to each other is the most heartbreaking thing to read about in the novel. There was the fact that Faerie was crumbling to ash (pun somewhat intended) around them but Ash and Meghan-come on.

Meghan is such a great protagonist, except for falling in love pretty quickly, she’s almost a perfectly flawed character. Perfectly flawed? Yes, her flaws are what make her character so likable and relatable, they are realistic and she actually makes an effort to protect herself even though she could have hid behind her two bodyguards. I probably would have stayed holed up in the normal realm if I was her. She not only gives up all her power to defeat the false king, knowing the consequences, but does it a second time to heal the damage the Iron Realm has done and keep it from progressing.
 I remember being in the middle of the book and thinking, “She’s already on her way to the Iron Realm? There’s two hundred pages left!” Suddenly doubtful, I was a little worried that I would become bored and maybe those pages would be filled with something I like to call, “useless action.” Where things happen only to get you to the main battle. Not the case! THE IRON QUEEN kept me entertained, my eyes glued to the pages especially at the end there.
I’ve always wanted to do a twist like that because it’s so powerful, but I don’t know if I could bear not having a happy ending.

Anyway, read it if you haven’t. Actually I hope you aren’t reading this if you haven’t read the book because I warned you about spoilers. Tsk, tsk.

   One final thought, BEAU’S BACK!
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Overall: 4.5

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