November 7, 2011

Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa



Summary: In less than twenty-four hours
I'll be seventeen

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.

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My Take: With Iron Queen, Julie Kagawa once again proves that she IS the all-time QUEEN of creating an amazing and magical world of faeries. But…OMG!!! The cliff-hanger ending to Iron Queen sucked! That’s why I am so glad I didn’t read this series sooner and then have to wait for Iron Knight to come out . . . because, if I didn’t have Iron Knight in my hands to start right away, I wouldn’t be a happy camper!

One thing I really loved about Iron Queen is seeing how much Meghan grows from the first book (Iron King) to this one. She grew tremendously just in this one book! The other thing I loved, loved, loved is the amazing and magical moments between Ash and Meghan. Ash TOTALLY stole my heart in this book! There were a couple of parts where I was a little irritated with Meghan because she was acting a little too invincible, and the only thing Ash had left in the whole world is that he just wanted to protect her!!!

So, now that Meghan and Ash are cast out of Nevernever and cannot ever return because of their forbidden relationship, they try to find a way to live and survive in the human world. But the first thing Meghan has to do is go on a quest to recover her memory of her father that she traded for a favor in the first book. And in the process, she finds out more about Puck’s betrayal, and it leaves me even more pissed off with Puck than I already was.

After going through chaos to collect her memory back, she now has to help her father remember her! So in a lot of the first part of Iron Queen, Meghan is trying to help her father remember his human life, and several of these moments had me in a blubbery mess. During this long painful process, the thing Meghan needs most is to keep herself occupied, so she does by training with Ash and learning how to fight. But during her training they discover that something is terribly wrong with Meghan’s fae powers. Yeah, so this (of course!) causes them to seek out Puck’s help…and neither Meghan nor “I” were very happy about that!

And then...!!! What a shock! Nevernever is in trouble of being totally destroyed by the Iron Fey, and because iron is fatal to the original fey (if they enter the Iron Realm, they will all be killed), the only person who CAN enter the Iron Realm to try to kill the False King is Meghan because Meghan is only half-faerie so the iron doesn’t affect her!!! But if the iron keeps spreading, and the Iron Fey keep killing the Seelie and Unseelie fey, then soon all of Nevernever will be destroyed. So does Meghan really have a choice?! Maybe not, but I’m thinking, “DON’T DO IT! It was sooo easy for them to just kick you and Ash out of Nevernever just because you love each other!!!!” But, OF COURSE, both Ash and Puck want to return to Nevernever and, because Meghan doesn’t want Nevernever to be destroyed, selfless little Meghan accepts and goes right along!

The last half of the book was pretty much chaos! They are in a war and it gets really intense, violent, bloody and…last but not least…utterly heartbreaking!

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Purchased with my own money.

7 comments:

Kristina said...

I still haven't read this series yet. I have Iron King and Queen, but I am missing Daughter and the current one. This is another series I will probably wait to read till everything is out. Everyone raves about it.

Two Chicks On Books said...

Great review Mindy! I'm so glad you were able to pick up IKn right away. I loved the IQ. This is one series I'd love to pick up and read again and again and again. I just can't seem to get enough. :)
-P

Two Chicks On Books said...

Lol how much did you cry in this one? I think I was a wreck for about the last third of the book. If I would have know TIQ was going to end that way I definitely would have waited. You're lucky you did now that they're all out theres no cliffhangers for you :D Are you reading the novellas?

-J

BookLuvr Mindy said...

Nope...I may read the novellas later.

Debbie's World of Books said...

I love this series! I finished The Iron Knight recently and by far my favorite although I am biased towards Ash :)

Glad I saw your tweet to Pam. Love "meeting" other N. Cali bloggers.

Cathy @ Abnormally Paranormal Reviews said...

This book was my favorite, so far, although I'm just now starting The Iron Knight. The Iron Queen was epic!! OMG... This is my favorite YA series, maybe even my favorite book series, period. It has tons of fighting, battles, romance & AMAZING characters that leap off the page! It ends so bittersweet, and I'm dying to finish up the fourth book.

Great review. You really are a huge fan! Takes one to know one.

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

Ah! This book is devastating, right?! I honestly wanted to throttle Meghan a few times. I know she was being brave & strong, but nobody talks to Ash that way, right?
Great review!

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