Monday 26 October 2015

The Iron Warrior, Julie Kagawa

Pages: 352
Publisher: MiraInk
Release Date: 19th November 2015
Edition: UK e-proof, NetGalley review copy

Other Titles by this Author: The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen, The Iron Knight, The Immortal Rules, The Eternity Cure, The Forever Song, Rogue, Talon, The Lost Prince, The Iron Traitor

The Iron Prince – my nephew – betrayed us all.

He killed me.

Then I woke up.

Waking after a month on the brink of death, Ethan Chase is stunned to learn that the Veil that conceals the fey from human sight was temporarily torn away. Although humankind’s glimpse of the world of faery only lasted just a brief moment, the human world has been cast into chaos, and the emotion and glamour produced by fear and wonder has renewed the power of the Forgotten Queen. Now, she is at the forefront of an uprising against the courts of Summer and Winter – a reckoning that will have cataclysmic effects on the Nevernever.

Leading the Lady’s Forgotten Army is Keirran himself: Ethan’s nephew and the traitor son of the Iron Queen, Meghan Chase. To stop Keirran, Ethan must disobey his sister once again as he and his girlfriend, Kenzie, search for answers long forgotten.

In the face of unprecedented evil and unfathomable power, Ethan’s enemies must become his allies, and the world of fey will be changed forevermore.

The release of The Iron Warrior sees the end of one of my very favourite series, and it does it with a bang.

It’s been five years since Meghan, Ash and Puck first teamed up to bring chaos to the Nevernever and I've fallen in love with them, Ethan, Kenzie, Kierran and the creatures of the faery world. Reading The Iron Warrior was very bittersweet. Meghan is truly a queen now and Ash has become everything I hoped he would be, but it’s the newer characters like Kenzie – Ethan’s girlfriend – who really had some development in this final instalment. I had liked Kenzie in The Lost Prince and The Iron Traitor, but she really came into her own here. Kenzie has learnt how to operate in the Nevernever; she knows the quirks, the loopholes and how to survive as a human in Faery. I can't help but wonder if Julie Kagawa ever brings this world back (oh please, please, please!), it’ll be with Kenzie in some way…

One of my favourite things about The Iron Warrior were the echoes of Ash and Meghan in Ethan and Kenzie’s relationship, particularly the way they worked together and a certain scene at a battleground camp, the night before the fight of their lives – even Meghan and Ash noticed that similarity! We also saw characters that helped Meghan, Ash and Puck throughout the original series come back to aid Ethan and Kenzie in their quest to stop Kierran and bring him home. It felt like a real send off to a group f beloved characters and a world that I would love to visit, though it's highly unlikely I'd survive even 24 hours in the Nevernever…

The Iron Warrior is an action-packed and thoroughly entertaining ending to the Iron Fey series and I really hope Kagawa will take us back one day; it was certainly left open to it.

Thanks to MiraINK and NetGalley for the review copy.


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