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The Iron Queen
by Julie Kagawa


Book Three in The Iron Fey series. The Iron King (#1) and The Iron Daughter (#2) reviewed here. This review may contain spoilers for previous books in the series.

Meghan Chase and her lover, Prince Ash of the Winter Court, have been exiled from the Nevernever. They will never again access the world of the fairies, but must make do as best they can in the human world. Initially, Meghan plans to rejoin her family, but as she and Ash approach her mother’s house, they realize they are being followed by Iron fey. Meghan realizes that she absolutely cannot return home, for that would bring endless trouble down upon her family. But now what?
Meanwhile, the Seelie and Unseelie Courts have formed an alliance to eradicate the Iron Kingdom, but the war isn’t going well. Oberon and Mab make a one-time offer to the exiles: if Meghan will return to the Nevernever and eliminate the new Iron King, she and Ash will be allowed to return. After all, Meghan has already killed one Iron King…so what’s one more?

I had hoped that this book would rekindle the enthusiasm I felt when I read The Iron King, and to some degree it did. Meghan’s always at her best when defending her family, and one of the first things she does in The Iron Queen is bargain for the restoration of the memories of her father so that she can rescue him from the mansion of Leanansidhe. He – Charles – has been driven mad by the beautiful fairy, but patiently Meghan coaxes him back from insanity. It is heartbreaking to see her sitting next to her father as he plays a song he wrote for his daughter, and know that he cannot reconcile the six year old Meghan of his memory with the teenage girl beside him.

The book is also about two civilizations at war, so there are battles and clandestine missions. Meghan has to be trained to fight with a sword and to use her glamor magic, but while it sometimes made me roll my eyes – in only a few days, Meghan somehow becomes proficient enough with her sword that she can hold her own against seasoned Iron fey warriors??? – it was far more interesting than watching her mope around and sulking about her feelings.

Don’t get me wrong  she still gets plenty of ooey-gooey mushy moments in with her beloved Ash, who joins her in pouting, sulking, and spouting exceptionally ridiculous promises of love and devotion. He even vows to be Meghan’s knight, sworn to live for her and be bound to her will  which naturally leads to all sorts of misunderstandings and epic sulks when Meghan says or does the wrong thing. Ash is such a terribly dull romantic lead.

But on the plus side, more Iron Kingdom! Meghan finally starts to use her iron glamor, and it’s really freakin’ cool. We meet some cool new characters and see old familiar faces, and it is quite fun.

If the story had ended with The Iron Queen, I would applaud Julie Kagawa for having the guts to sidestep the typical “happily ever after” that usually ends these Twilight-esque supernatural romances. But unfortunately, the story continues in The Iron Knight - and even worse, I think the next book is told through the eyes of Ash.

Maybe I should quit now?


3 out of 5 stars

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2012: Fashionista Piranha on hiatus until May 24th…
2011: Bending the Boyne by J. S. Dunn
2010: Little Women and Werewolves by Porter Grand
2009: Last day to enter the Gilded Age Giveaway!

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