REVIEW: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

The Blurb: 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.

My Thoughts: **SPOILERS** Powerful storytelling with so many twists your head will spin. Okay, being a writer myself I knew where Kagawa was going with this. I also knew from the teenage employee at Indigo that she was “cruel” at the end of this book. But I didn’t think she was half as cruel as I’ve been.

The sequence of events again made sense. Meghan and Ash have been banished to the mortal relam, never to return, but then the false king of the Iron Kingdom wages war on the Nevernever, and pretty much all of Faery, Summer and Winter Courts, even the Wyldwood is in danger of being poisoned by iron and wiped out of existence forever.

Meghan is the only one who can go to the Iron Realm and not die. So Oberon and Mab give her, Ash and Puck access and ask her to go kill the false king. Easy enough right? Well Puck and Ash go with her, under some pretty questionable magical bobble (I wasn’t a big fan of that part actually) and they find awesome places where the Fomorians lives called Mag Tuireadh. I have to give Kagawa props for that one. That part of the story comes directly from a Druid tale called The Battle of Mag Tuireadh and The Second Battle of Mag Tuireadh, which is literally a battle between the Tuatha De Danann and the Fomorians who were rumored to be giants.

NICE.

The story gets a bit convoluted, they spend time at a cabin and Megan finds her father, learns how to fight. Meghan insults Ash and then later asks him to be her Knight. It’s the closest she can come to a wedding proposal in my books, thought that part was beautiful. They end up with the Iron Fey rebels, the ones who don’t support the false King. They see the impossible task ahead of them and Meghan gathers as much as she can to help Summer and Winter. This time instead of doing what she’s set out to do, or expected to do she does something else entirely. Hey, in book one she needed to find Ethan and that’s what she did. In book two she needed to return the Scepter of the Seasons and she did that. Thanks for not making book three one of those typical storybooks where the hero says early on what their goal is and by the end has achieved their goal.

Instead Meghan and Ash return to the front lines to fight against the false King. Meghan has her own army now, along with the rebels and for this one time everyone decides to work together. Meghan destroys the false King, but then, almost dies in the process and the only place she can be healed is in the Iron Realm, so Ash takes her back. She releases Ash from his lifelong duty to her and sends him away, while she heals.

In terms of cruelty, this isn’t that cruel. If it had been the last book yes, it would be unacceptable, but I don’t find it that bad. I half expected something like this to happen and so the surprise wasn’t there for me.

I’m partway through the Iron Knight and this basically redeems The Iron Queen entirely. Though I wish this part of the series wasn’t over.

Namaste,
Rhi

P.S. Any major fans of Julie Kagawa would eat up The Ferryman and the Flame series like it was the best candy they’ve ever tasted. And they’d be shocked at the rather horrifying aftertaste. 😉

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