04 January, 2011

The Iron Queen - Review



The Iron Queen (Iron Fey, Book 3) by Julie Kagawa 
Publication date: 21 February, 2011 by Harlequin Teen 
ISBN 10/13: 0373210183 / 9780373210183 


Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Netgalley e-ARC (will be available in paperback)
Keywords: Fairies, fantasy, adventure, romance



Synopsis:

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.

How I found out about this book: I've been a fan of The Iron Fey series since the first paperback beckoned me from the new books display... It's a great example of book-by-its-cover that didn't disappoint.

My review: Meghan Chase reminds me of my favorite type of heroine--constantly put-upon, occasionally catching a lucky break, but all in all relying on her wits and her friendships to carry her through adversity. As if it wasn't enough to rescue her baby brother from the clutches of a faery monarch (a la Sarah from Labyrinth), in the previous book she had to stop a war between the Summer and Winter courts. I thought a book where Summer and Winter finally settled their conflicts and fought on the same side would be boring.

Nope! The Iron Queen was as packed with action and intrigue as its predecessors. Questions posed in previous books (Is Meghan's adoptive father lost to her forever? Why is using glamour making her sick? and that constant query: Where is that darn cait sidhe, Grimalkin, off to this time?!) are answered... though I can't tell you the answer to the biggest question of all: Ash, or Puck? ;)

Kagawa weaves an intricate plot; attentive readers with a good grip on the events of the previous novels will have more fun as references to events and characters past pop up in the narrative. All in all, this third installment to the series gave me what I like most about sequels: character development, plot twists, and new surprises. The ending elicited from me something between a gasp and some sort of death-squeal.



I'm already pining for the fourth.

Who should read this book: Definitely pick up the earlier books before tackling this sequel, or you'll be utterly lost and emotionally detached. There's swordplay--it is a faery war, after all, but not too much violence. There are some charmingly vicious gremlins :D As for romantic content, Kagawa writes a graceful fade-to-black. Older readers will devour this adventure; younger readers may get a little lost in the political wranglings of the Fey Courts.

Scroll down to find a widget that will let you read the first few chapters of The Iron King (Iron Fey, Book 1); I also recommend going to the series website and downloading the PDF for the novella Winter's Passage, which will only be available until January 31.


The Iron Queen is Julie Kagawa's 3rd novel. (Iron Fey, Book 3)
Find the author at juliekagawa.com, on Twitter @JKagawa 

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/rnslironQ

Find this book on goodreads.com, or pre-order it for February 2011.

Comments: What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)

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