The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (Jan 25th)
Review copy courtesy of NetGalley and Harlequin
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.
It’s really difficult to review a book in a series, unlessit’s the first, without giving somethings away. That said, I’m going to keep this review as spoiler free aspossible.
In The Iron Queen, we rejoin Meghan and Ash after they’vebeen exiled from Faery as a result of Ash declaring his love for Meghan. Theyreturn to Meghan’s home only to be attacked by thugs sent from the Iron Courtand she realizes she cannot stay, or her family would be in grave danger. Thecharacters we love from Iron King and Iron Daughter are all here, and there’sstill a bit of a love triangle with Meghan, Ash, and Puck, although Ash willmake a promise that will change things between him and Meghan forever. Whenthey get word that the Winter and Summer Courts have banded together to fightthe invasion of the Iron Court and the end of the Nevernever, Meghan is made anoffer that she can’t refuse, but to accept it could cost her not only her life,but the lives of the ones she cherishes the most. In a race against time,Meghan and her friends must enter the Iron realm and defeat the Iron King, orshe will lose the people, and the world, she’s come to love so much.
The novel moves right along with Meghan’s first personnarrative, and as usual Ms. Kagawa’s prose flows beautiful and lush across thepage, taking us into Meghan’s adventure as if we were by her side. Familysecrets are revealed and battles are fought on Faery battlegrounds while thefate of an entire world hangs in the balance. Meghan has to gather every bit ofstrength she has to journey into the Iron realm and kill the false king. Alongthe way she’ll meet new friends, fight her way through a steampunk wastelandfilled with magma lakes and mountains of lost things, iron fey attacks, andtraitorous Winter fey, all while keeping her friends safe, and not losingherself in the process… Oh, and did I mention she gets to fly?
This is probably my favorite of the three novels and I’ll beanxiously looking forward to The Iron Knight!