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Author: Julie Kagawa

Publication: January 25th, 2011

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Description: 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.Via GoodReads.

My Review:

Out of all the Iron Fey novels so far, The Iron Queen is definitely my favorite. While it did have its slow moments, The Iron Queen held my emotions in a way that none of its predecesors did and my biggest qualm with the series up until now, Meghan's whinning and and inability to do anything, is finally resolved.

The first half of the book was really what forced me to give The Iron Queen a 4 heart rating instead of a 5. It seemed very slow to me and didn't keep my interest, even though it did have some actions scenes within it. Also, Meghan spends the first half of the book as she did much of the previous books: not doing a whole lot of anything, other than whinning that is. But after the first half, things really picked up. Meghan finally sees the error of her ways and does something about. She starts training and begins fighting her own battles. Not only that, but the action and story draw the reader in as the characters are forced to undertake a seemingly impossible mission and try to win a war of epic proportions. At this point, The Iron Queen also captured my emotions like the other books didn't, making me feel the heartbreak of loss and the utterly bittersweet feeling of the ending. I also felt the romance in this book much more than I did previously.

In the first two novels, the romance between Meghan and Ash seems cliche and much too instalove for me to really enjoy it. In The Iron Queen, however, I finally started to feel like the love between Meghan and the Winter Prince was real and profound. My love of Ash increased along with the believeabilty of the romacne, as we see that there is no limit to what Ash is willing to do for Meghan. I still felt bad for Puck though. Puck remains my favorite character in the Iron Fey series because of his wit and constant humor, along with his astounding tolerance of Meghan and her clear rejection of him as a love interest. Poor, poor Puck. Grim makes another reappearance in this book as well, bringing his sass right along with him. We also gain a few more fun characters in this story, Glitch and Razor. Not only did The Iron Queen improve as far as feeling and characters, but the beautiful writing from Kagawa continued as well.

Kagawa continues to amaze me with her creativity and talent. Think about it. How does one create such a unique world filled with things completely from their imagination, and be able to weave that world with thier words to create such a beautiful tapestry that anyone could see it perfectly in their mind's eye by reading a simple sentence. I don't always agree with what Kagawa writes, like how Meghan never ceased to get on my nerves in the previous books, but I cannot argue that her writing itself is anything short of amazing.

The Iron Queen had a lot of improvements compared to the first two books, like the romance and my newfound liking of Meghan, making it my favorite in the series thus far. As I said earlier, the ending is trully bittersweet. I won't give anything away of course, but I'm very happy that there's another book in this series. If you've read the first two books, I definitely recommend reading this book as well.

Summed Up:

This was my favorite book in the series so far. It had the same interesting storyline and great writing as the past books, but Meghan finally gets a backbone! The story was sometimes slow though.

Iron Fey Series

Review for #1: The Iron King
Review for #2: The Iron Daughter
Review for #3: The Iron Queen
Review for #3.5: Summer's Crossing - to come
Review for #4: The Iron Knight - to come

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20 comments:

Jenn Neuburger said...

I love your layout ! What a nice site :)

Linny @ Linnys Literature said...

Thank you so much Jenn! I'm always fussing with it trying to make it look nicer, so I'm very glad to hear that someone loves it. :)

yabooklover said...

I really enjoyed this book too. It was definitely my favourite.
I haven't read The Iron Knight yet though, hopefully it's not a disappointment

feed said...

hoping to read these books soon
and yes awesome layout

The Teen Book Guru said...

Great review!! I added it to my TBR list. I love your blog btw!! I'm a new follower and just wanted to drop by and say hi :)

Feel free to check out my blog & follow too!!

-Riya :) (The Teen Book Guru)

Linny @ Linnys Literature said...

I haven't read it yet either. Plan to very soon though, and I hope it's good too. I've heard it's not as good as Iron Queen, but still worth reading so that's something. I guess we'll find out!

Linny @ Linnys Literature said...

Hello Riya. Thanks so much! I stopped by your blog and followed too. :)

Linny @ Linnys Literature said...

They're definitely worth checking out. And thank you so much, I appreciate it! :)

Kindlemom said...

I really loved this series, it was so much fun to read with so many great wonderful characters!
Glad you enjoyed it too!

I am a new follower by the way, great site!

http://myguiltyobsession.blogspot.com/

Linny @ Linnys Literature said...

I agree. I still have to read Summer's Crossing and The Iron Knight, but I've heard they're just as good.

And thank you for following, I'm glad you like the site! :) I checked out your blog and followed back. I felt exta special because I got to make the 399 go to 400, haha. ;)

Vanessa said...

Hi Linny! I love your blog: layout, content, and rating system. Anyway, I agree with you about Meghan being whiny. But I'm still glad about the decisions that she made by the end of the book. The Iron Knight is definitely my favorite in the series! Thanks for the review. :)

Sara Flower said...

Hey Linny! I am liking your blog - cute layout and graphics.

Just to let you know, you are the winner of my Amazon gift card draw. Congrats! :D You can send me an email at sara_flower@live.ca and then I will send you the gift card online. Cheers!!

Linny @ Linnys Literature said...

Hi Sara, and I'm glad you like my blog, I've been putting a lot of time into it lately. :)

And this is so awsome!! I've never won a giveaway before even though I seem to enter more than I can count. Thank you so much Sara!! :D

Linny @ Linnys Literature said...

Hi Vanessa and thank you so much! I sometimes wonder if it's not actually that good since I'm really new to blogging, so it's great to know that others do think that I'm doing it well haha. Your blog is great too! I'm a sucker for nicely designed blogs, so when I saw yours I decided to check it out and I just loved your Angelfall review, so you can be sure I'll be a returning customer.

And I'm happy to hear someone that agrees she started off whiny! It seems like a lot of people thought she was kicking-butt since the first book, which she was far from doing in my opinion. I defininately liked her by the end of this book though. And I haven't read Iron Knight yet so I guess I should hold off on saying Iron Queen in my fav. I'll be reading it pretty soon though, so I'll let you know. ;)

Meg said...

JULIE KAGAWA!!!

LOL, I'm still raging about TIR (thanks for stopping by, btw!). I've heard about this series, but I guess it never really caught my attention like how The Immortal Rules did. But--ugh. I tend to shy away from books that have insta-love. Like this one.

Well, I'll go check out your other reviews on this series and see what I think about it!

Thanks for sharing! :D

Meg @ The Book Galaxy

Linny @ Linnys Literature said...

Yeah, this series was pretty good, but it wasn't anything to write home about in my opinion. I'm liking The Immortal Rules a lot more. LOVE how Allie is the complete badass that Meghan never was, haha. And I agree! Instalove = UGH. It's biggest redeeming quality was just Kagawa's great writing.

Your welcome and thank you! :)

synchronize reader said...

You review is awesome :D I absolute love this series! Team Ash <3 lol but I love Puck too.

Can't wait to see your review of The Iron Knight!

Linny @ Linnys Literature said...

Thank you :D And I can't decide between Ash and Puck! Ash is so dark, handsome, and caring, while Puck is funny and sweet. Meghan is so lucky she has them!

And I'll probably be reading it next week or so. Can't wait to hear what Ash will do!

ana said...

I think I'm the only one that hasn't read this series and I am dying to read it!!

Linny @ Linnys Literature said...

Well, in my opinion they're nothing to write home about but definitely pretty good. I'm interested to hear what you think about them when you do read them. :)

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