The Iron Queen – Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 3rd February 2011
Other Titles in this Series: The Iron King, The Iron Daughter
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 will survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
The final book in The Iron Fey trilogy had a lot to live up to. But Julie Kagawa did not disappoint me.
Meghan’s growth throughout the trilogy has been realistic and inspiring and she only continued to develop in The Iron Queen. I loved how she was so determined to learn how to fight. She didn’t want to be the damsel in distress relying on Ash and Puck anymore; instead she wanted to stand up for what she believed in properly. How she learnt to master her powers and discover new ones was so far removed from the helpless Meghan we were introduced to three books. Julie Kagawa really demonstrated the effect that her year in Faery had had on her.
But Meghan was not the only character that changed throughout the trilogy: Ash went under a radical transformation. He softened and opened up himself to Meghan and his feelings for her in incredibly romantic and heartbreaking ways. Their dedication to each other is unimaginable to me but although I think that Meghan and Ash are completely perfect for each other, I think I almost preferred the will-they-won’t-they of The Iron King and The Iron Daughter for some reason I can’t quite pinpoint.
I’ve mentioned Julie Kagawa’s utterly captivating writing style in my reviews for the previous two books in the trilogy already, but it’s just so outstanding that I have to mention it again. Her descriptions of character, place and emotion are second to none. I became so completely involved with Meghan’s life that when I started crying near the end of the novel even though I had a friend sitting on my bed playing music and singing along I wasn’t even surprised.
I’ve adored every page of this trilogy so I’m beyond excited to read Ash’s story in The Iron Knight.
You can also read my interview with Julie here.