Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Review: The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3) by Julia Kagawa

Meghan Chase didn't know where the path would lead when she entered the Nevernever to rescue her brother from the ruthless fey. She never expected to be anything other than a human, teenage girl -- much less a Summer Faery Princess. But the Nevernever is part of her now, and there's no turning back. When Faery calls, Meghan must answer. She can't abandon the creatures and kingdom she's grown to love when she has the power to prevent their destruction. And so, Meghan Chase ventures into Faery one last time, to face the forces of the false king and reclaim the Nevernever from his poisonous grasp. But this time, she may not be coming back.

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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Riv Re said...

Lovely review. I loved IQ too.
Here's my review:

Lisa said...

I can't wait to read this book. I'm glad Meghan matures a little bit because that was one of my main criticisms of the previous books in the series.

Anonymous said...

My books are in the mail and I can't wait! I'm on pins and needles to get this series started.

Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Wow - fantastic review! I can't wait to read this now!

Cozy in Texas said...

I've been hearing a lot about this book - good review.

Zoe said...

OMG the epilogue broke my heart but at the same time it felt so right and so perfect. i really just hope this isnt the end she needs to make a second epilogue

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

@Zoe -- There will be a fourth book from Ash's POV called The Iron Knight!!

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