Title: The Iron Queen
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: February 1st, 2011
My name is Meaghan 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 stay by my side. Drag me into the core of a conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I am really not sure how much I can talk about this book without ruining things. There is so much happening so fast, you almost get whiplash from it. Meghan is swept into a whirlwind set of events that keep her rapidly moving through the entire book. I am still not sure how she handles it all without going crazy, but she somehow does and very gracefully too. Not all the time of course, she is still a half human/half fey princess trying to manage her way through a fey war in a world she new nothing about not too long ago. Luckily Ash is there to help her sort through it all and help guide her.
I did not think it was possible, but I am even more in love with Ash now. *Sighs* That guy just keeps getting better and better. Sorry team Puck, you just got blown out of the water in this one. Ash has been a little cold the past couple of books (and rightly so being the Prince of Winter) but we really get to see him open up in this book and I loved it! Don’t get me wrong, Puck is awesome. He brings much-needed comic relief to some bleak situations, but I think he should remain firmly in the best friend category. Sorry Puck, you know it’s true.
Puck and Ash’s relationship continues to keep me entertained as well. I do love watching these two banter. I am not really sure if they will ever have the “epic duel” they always allude to, but I am loving the interaction in the mean time. Example:
“Hellooooooooo? Anybody here?”
“Be quiet, Goodfellow,” Ash growled, peering into the shadows with narrowed eyes. “We’re not alone.”
“Yeah? How do you figure that prince? I don’t see anyone.”
“The cait sith has disappeared.”
I laughed out loud when I read that, I am quoting from the ARC though, so I am not sure if it will change for the final copy, but I hope not. I love that Grim gets a little nod because you know that is one mysterious cat and when he is not around, trouble soon will be.
To sum up, Julie continues to keep me hooked into her series and I could not stop reading even if I wanted too. The Iron Queen is a fantastic, bittersweet addition to the series. Your emotions will run high, the action will keep you on the edge of your seat, but you will love every minute of it. If you have not read this series, I highly recommend it.
FTC: I received this ARC from the awesome publisher through the fantastic site called Net Galley. A huge thank you to you both.