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The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey #3) by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3)

The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey #3)

Paperback, 358 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Rating:5/5 Stars
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.

So, this is it. Wow!I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved this book. I know, this has been said many times before but I have to repeat it. This was epic!The Iron Queen picks up right after Meghan and Ash were exiled and tells the story about Meghan’s last fight against the False Iron King and her attempt to save the Nevernever. This was an epic story about bravery, loyalty, friendship, true love as well as despair, loss and sacrifices.

All my beloved characters were back in this book. Grim was his usual mysterious self, providing “I am a cat” as an explanation for almost everything, and Puck was still the funny and loyal, though a little more bitter, best friend that I’ve grown to love. Then there were some new characters that added to the fun like Glitch and Razor. I fell in love with Razor right away. I want my very own little Gremlin! And, of course, there were Meghan and Ash. I adored Meghan in this third installment of the Iron Fey series. She’s grown up, she’s brave and loyal and displays the possession of some serious guts. But the best character of this entire series is Ash. He really gets to shine in this book. I enjoyed seeing his icy facade melt and getting a glimpse at the amazing person that lies behind it. Both Ash and Puck made my eyes well up several times with their declarations of love and dedication to Meghan.

There has rarely been a book that managed to suck me into the story as thoroughly as the books of the Iron Fey series did. You know how sometimes your thoughts drift off while reading? It doesn’t mean that the book is bad, it just happens? Well, this was definitely not the case here. I love Kagawa’s worldbuilding and the dark and brooding atmosphere her writing style creates. It’s like a mixture of Alice in Wonderland, Matrix and The Lord of the Rings and made me forget everything around me. Her writing was so vivid, I saw the world unfold before my inner eye like I was watching a movie. Truly amazing.

As for the romance…I have mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of that instant-love-at-first-sight-thing. It rarely works for me. Where it did work, for example, was Twilight. Yes, I am one of those people who thinks that Twilight is the ultimate paranormal love story. Don’t club me, please. And after having finished the Iron Queen I can say, here it worked again. Ash is just…he’s so…I am at loss for words. Nothing I can say would do him justice but let me tell you this: He nudged Edward off his throne. That’s how much I adore this character.

As for the ending? Oh.My.Freaking.God. To say that I cried like a baby would put it mildly. I’m talking heart wrenching, all-consuming sobs here. And now I am desperate, yes desperate to read the Iron Knight. Oh God…

Last but not least, thanks to Harlequin Enterprises for the opportunity to read this book now, instead of having to wait until February 2011. Thanks so much!

I know, this is getting old but I have to mention this. I LOVE these two quotes. They made me fall in love with Ash all over again:

“Hey,” I whispered, as Ash slipped his arms around my waist from behind, drawing me close. I could feel his glare aimed at Puck over my head, a silent, protective gesture that spoke louder than any words. “Mine. Back off.”

“One more thing” Ash said in his dangerous, soft voice as we turned away. “If you do not return with her” Ash continued staring him down, “I will turn this entire camp into a bloodbath. That is my promise.”


Songs I listened to while reading:

“On the nature of daylight” by Max Richter
“All that is good” by Tyler Bates
“Evenstar” – Lord of the Rings sound track
“Violin Concerto II” by Philip Glass

Stef and Morgan, thanks for providing the right soundtrack for this book. It made the reading experience so much more intense. While I was reading the final chapters I listended to “on the nature of daylight” by Max Richter and it made my heart shatter into a million tiny pieces.

Kim, I really enjoyed our reading date. Thanks, hun. ^^

Alright, that’s it. I’m locking myself up in a closet now and I won’t come out before a certain dark faery knight as shown up and offered to take me away.

-Ana @ SoManyBooksSoLittleTime


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