Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Review: The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3) by Julia Kagawa
The Iron Queen is the most epic installment yet. The stakes are higher than they've ever been, and Julie Kagawa revs up to a fever pitch the heart-pounding action and gut-wrenching emotions that characterized the first two novels. The familiar characters of the saga develop by leaps and bounds. Previously stoic Ash proves that he's not made of pure ice and stone, but is capable of vulnerability and humor -- it's endearing, yet he is given ominous depth through the ultimate revelation of his tainted past. Even the ever-mischievous Puck reveals a glimpse of his wiser, deeper, ancient self. Despite the high-strung emotions and devastating battles, Puck's witty quips and Grimalkin's haughty sarcasm (contrasted with his penchant for chasing butterflies) provide just the right dash of laugh-out-loud comic relief. If possible, Grimalkin is even more hilarious in The Iron Queen.
The most stunning development, though, is Meghan. The summer princess comes into her own with a vengeance. The damsel-esque teenage girl is gone, and in her place stands a fierce, strong and unabashed heroine that will awe readers. Watching her finally face her destiny gave me goosebumps. Her courage despite her fear, ability to fight her own battles and fierce desire to defend the creatures and land that once seemed foreign to her are captivating. Meghan Chase is truly a heroine worthy of the name.
Kagawa continues to display her talents for language and imagery, sucking readers in with her brilliant imagining of the iron fey. Her creativity knows no bounds; after populating the faery world with every kind of creature imaginable, Kagawa continues to introduce new species that will capture readers' imaginations. It is truly awe-inspiring. The love story that has enchanted readers since The Iron King reaches its crescendo in The Iron Queen. This truly is a fairy tale romance: a profound but poignant bond that will constantly make readers swoon. Yet, this is unquestionably a tale of war. Unlike some novels, where the danger is named rather than felt, Kagawa makes the mortal reality of the situation abundantly clear, heightening the tension and guaranteeing readers' suspension of disbelief. The battles are brutally real, and the final pages of the novel will leave readers in tears, stunned at the devastating turn of events which evoke the truest forms of bravery and sacrifice.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this novel from NetGalley for an honest review. This did not affect my review in any way.
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