Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

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The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

5 Stars

So at this point, it’s safe to say now that this has become one of my favorite Fey series. The Iron Queen is the by far my favorite of the three books out right now. There were some heart-wrenching moments before in the previous two books, but this one slayed me in the end. Deep breaths, in and out. That was me while listening to the last couple of chapters of this audiobook. Of which, by the way, the narrator is AMAZING!

Meghan Chase. I never would have imagined the growth of this character. Her transformation into this fierce warrior was so great to experience. She is brave, yet vulnerable, and her inner strength is fueled by her selflessness. Yes, I have a total girl crush on Meghan Chase. This is something I could not say at the beginning of the series. And Ash…oh, fierce but sweet, sensitive Ash. If I were a poet, I’d…well, I’d write you a poem. Something that said how you make me swoon…how you make my heart soar. I’ve loved him from the start. Puck on the other hand? Haven’t always been a fan of his but he totally shined in this book. I think this line from the book best describes my feelings for these two fairies as it did for Meghan:

“I wanted to laugh with Puck and love with Ash.”

If you’ve read the book, you know where that line comes in. I’ll give you a moment to shed your tears. Go on… *wipes tears*

This book had so much story. It tied up all of Meghan’s loose ends. Some more neatly than others. Some were right out painful. I was really surprised at the turn of events at the very end. It was unexpected and unique. I don’t think there’s a series out there that has gone in this direction after three books, but I am INSANELY excited about The Iron Knight, which will be told from Ash’s POV. Maybe even Puck, too?! That would be even more amazing. (I’m just speculating about the Puck thing, I haven’t heard anything.)

So, good friends, if you have not yet picked up this series, what in the world are you waiting for?! Also, for people wanting to try audiobooks, I recommend this one! :)

Book Info

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey #3
Published by Harlequin Teen
Pub Date: January 25th 2011
Pages: 358
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: RomanceUrban FantasyYoung Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads

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.

About Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

15 Responses to “Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa”

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    Sigh. This series! It’s truly amazing how much better it gets with each book. And the ending for this one…TEARS  INDEED. I cannot wait for Iron Knight!

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    The Lovely getaway

    i love love love your review! completely agree with pretty much everything you said. & yess! Meghan grows sooo much throughout the whole series, but her character in The Iron Queen BLEW me away! I creid like a baby at the end. & yess! That sentence just kills me. *sigh*
    Cannot WAIT until The Iron Knight hits the shelves :)


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    Ana Vila Carneiro

    It is good to know that this is your favorite from this series.
    I have to read all of them. Sometime I like to read books when your emotions are so high and you finally cry!

    Thanks for the review I close my eyes when you was talking about character to not uncover some spoiler to me :-)

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    We really love this series at my house. So many great moments…so many great one liners from Puck. Love, love, love.

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    The Iron Queen is definitely my favorite in the series as well! I adore this book! So glad you enjoyed it. :)

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    Yeah this book made me cry my eyes out!  I even told Julie that at ALA!

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    Cynthia A.

    ahhhhhh, I loooooved this one sooo much!!!! It was definitely my favorite one too! I definitely understand your Meghan crush and ASH *swoon* …. Cannot wait for The Iron Knight!! =D

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    jeannette bruce

    Love this review!  This series has only gotten better with each book.  And I completely agree with the character growth in Meghan.  I can’t wait to read how it all pans out for her and Ash in Iron Knight.

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    Jazz R.J.

    Great reveiw! You made me want to give this series a try. I’ve added it to my wish list. Keep it shiny!

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    Jacinda @ Reading Housewives

    Are you trying to get me to cry again?!?!?! And I can’t wait to read The Iron Knight!!! I’m planning on reading Summer’s Crossing right before of after I read that :)  Great review! I’m jealous of you and all of your audiobook reading! 

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    I can’t wait to read this book! Great review!! 

    I’m really excited that you said this was your favorite book. The Iron Daughter was still great but was a bit slow for me and not as exciting as the first book of this series!

    Agh- I need to read this pronto!! :D

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    Small Review

    Ah, I was nodding along with everything you wrote. I LOVED the ending. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I can’t wait for The Iron Knight now! I’ll fangirl with you over Meghan too. I really didn’t even like her in the first two books, but she was made of awesome in The Iron Queen.

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