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Review: The Iron Queen

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa is the third full-length novel in The Iron Fey series. It is published by Harlequin Teen, and will be available for purchase on January 25, 2011 both online and in stores.

Description from the author’s website:

MY NAME IS MEGAN 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.

Meghan Chase thought she was leaving the Nevernever behind for good. In exile with Ash, the Prince of the Winter Court, Meghan thought she could return home to live with her human family and finally have her own happily ever after.

But she quickly learns that this will be impossible. Fate has other plans for her.

Meghan must return to Faery and accept a quest that is part of her destiny – a journey that will put her life, along with her friends, in jeopardy.

Having already lost her good friend Ironhorse on her previous mission to stop the Iron Realm’s expansion, will Meghan be able to handle the responsibility of keeping those most dear to her alive and saving the world she doesn’t even want to be a part of?

With an army at her disposal, countless lives on the line willing to risk everything for her and Faery’s last hopes riding on her shoulders, will Meghan take up the gauntlet and be the savior that everyone is counting on?

The Iron Queen continues the tale of Meghan, Puck, Ash and Grim as they follow the path that destiny has chosen for them. As the battle draws ever nearer, will their efforts be enough to save Faery from being destroyed by the false Iron King? Will they all make it through or will one of them fall along the way?

Author Julie Kagawa is an accomplished story teller. The adventures of Meghan and company are both delightful and suspenseful. And each new story in this series continues to build on the previous one, leaving readers anxious for the next. Ms. Kagawa’s telling of the events will bring readers into the story and make them feel as if they are traveling along with the characters every step of the way – making the character’s journey their own.

While the first book in the series clearly showed the author’s influence from such works as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with a little Romeo & Juliet thrown in) and both T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series, over the series’ development Ms. Kagawa has truly made this story and its characters her own – one very much worth reading.

When first introduced, Grim so closely resembled the Cheshire Cat, but as the story continued to unfold it became clear he was very much his own cat. And in The Iron Queen, readers will delight in each chapter that he makes a surprise appearance – he is a cait sith after all.

Meghan Chase is a stubborn, feisty and very loyal heroine who looks past everyone’s differences to judge them on who, not what, they are, and always tries to see the good in them. Her impulsiveness is balanced out by Ash, her protector and beloved, who with centuries of experience seeks only her safety, and Puck, her best friend, who while also rash, sarcastic and unreliable, is always looking out for her.

This is a fairy tale, filled with love, action and adventure. It is a story and series that will entertain a wide audience – from young teens to adults. While the story is chaste, jealousy, love and heartbreak abound. And Julie Kagawa’s writing has not been simplified to grab that younger audience.

While this can be read on its own, it really shouldn’t. The previous books set the stage and introduce characters discussed in this book. Coming out in January, The Iron Queen is one that should be added to those “to be read” lists. The next book the series, The Iron Knight will be told by Ash’s point of view.

Description from HT:

How far can love be tested before it breaks? Look for more dangerous faeries and breathtaking adventures in THE IRON KNIGHT Ash’s story.

To read an excerpt from the Harlequin blog click here.

A new Iron Fey trailer is in the works.

Reviewer gives this book: [rating=5]

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN for providing the review copy.

NEW book trailer for the Iron Fey series:

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