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The Iron Queen Paperback – 21 October 2011
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- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0778304791
- ISBN-10 : 0778304795
- Dimensions : 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Publisher : Mira Books; First edition (21 October 2011)
- Reading level : 11 and up
- Language: : English
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About the Author
Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.
Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.
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So you can probably guess what "The Iron Queen" is about, now that Kagawa's heroine has finally gotten together with her wintry prince. The first half of this book is kind of fragmented, but Kagawa neatly ties off the whole storyline of the false king of the Iron Fey -- and throws in a rather shocking twist that I did NOT see coming.
Exiled from their Courts, Ash and Meaghan start tying off various plot threads -- they go hunting for tokens so they can free Meaghan's stepfather from the Leanansidhe, and retreat to a woodland lodge so Ash can teach Meaghan to fight. Meaghan also discovers that Puck was involved in her dad's abduction, but she still needs his help to master Summer magic.
Then Oberon and Mab make Meaghan an offer -- they will lift the banishments of Ash, Puck and Meaghan if she goes into Iron Fey territory and kills the false king. Since she inherited Machina's Iron power, she is the only one who can stop the Iron Court from destroying the other Courts. But achieving that might take away what she loves most.
It takes awhile for "Iron Queen" to achieve liftoff -- the first half of the book is dedicated to wrapping up plot threads from the last two books, and prepping Meaghan for whatever is ahead. However, the second half is really excellent, particularly a climactic twist that Kagawa blindsides us with in the final chapters. If there wasn't another book coming out, I would be demanding she write one.
And Kagawa's atmospheric, richly-detailed writing shimmers, whether she's describing the chilly technofaeries or the haunting decay of New Orleans graveyards. The Faerie world feels somewhat less dangerous and more distant than it did in the last few books, but then again, Meaghan and Ash spend more time in the mortal world.
Meaghan goes through a lot of wrenching emotional issues in this book -- her romance with Ash hits some speed-bumps, and she has to deal with her unraveling friendship with Puck and the secrets he's kept from her. One of the most moving, powerful subplots in the story is her desperation to regain her father, who spends much of the book in a semi-amnesiac haze.
Julie Kagawa wraps up some of the many plot threads in "The Iron Queen," but the door is left open for a forthcoming sequel. Wrenching, powerful, a little disjointed.
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Grim is back with a vengeance! Yay! And there are crazier characters to accompany him, like Razor the eccentric gremlin. The gremlins remind me of the houselves from HP, slaves of the iron master. Ironhorse died in the last book, but I was glad to see his 'spirit' again, which was sweet but a leeetle creepy.
Puck is around as always, as is Ash, but the character that showed the most change and strength was of course Meghan. In Iron Queen she realises that she can only expect the boys to protect her for so long. In the end she needs to learn how to fight, and I enjoyed seeing how she takes charge of her situation and makes her own decisions despite being the half breed in a strange land. Ash’s belief in her is inspiring, and if I was unsure about being Team Ash before, there is no doubt now!
Now for the heartbreak... We all knew it was a love that wasn't meant to be, but having it confirmed is far worse. I won't spoil it too much but I hope Ash keeps his promise!
"I don't see how you mortals do it, these feelings you must endure. They will ruin you, in the end..." [Puck]
I couldn't let him go. Gods forgive me if I was being selfish, but I wanted nothing more than to stay with him forever. [Meghan]
"For the record," Grimalkin stated as we ventured, single file, into the black, "I do not think this is a good idea/ But, as no one listens to the cat anymore, I will have to wait until we are completely lost to say 'I told you so.'"
"Why do you think I brought you that creature, human? To keep up my stalking skills? I assure you, they are quite adequate already. Please attempt to use the brain I know is hidden somewhere in that head..." [Grim]
"Do try to stay out of trouble, human. I will be terribly annoyed if you manage to get yourself killed." [Grim]
"I love you, Meghan Chase," he murmured against my skin. "For the rest of my life, however long we have left. I'll consider it an
honor to die beside you." [Ash]
Meghan now know's her memory she gave was of her mortal father who left when she was six and she's determind to free him from the queen of the exiles and bring him home. Ofcourse deals must be made but now she has Ash nothing seems too far out of reach.
The courts know of the Iron Fey finally and after seeing their effect on the Nevernever they realise the important part Meghan plays in being immune to Iron. With the loyal and determined Puck in tow the trio must once again journey into the Nevernever and the Iron Realm to save all Fey kind from the Iron's advancement over the land.
Puck has admitted his love to Meghan but for her it was always Ash, still he hopes for more and stays at her side no matter what.
Ash has left his Court and family for Meghan and now risks his life once again in the Iron Realm but for Love and not a contract.
Meghan is changing. Her powers are growing just like she is. She's seen so much, learned some hard truths and left her family behind all within one mortal year. This time the fate of the Nevernever all it's people rest on her shoulders.
Puck is a firm favourite of mine and I almost wish he and Meghan could be together but love triangles are there for a reason and both men have qualities that any woman would want. He plays an integral part to the story so glad he's stayed in it even though he know's where Meghan's heart now lies.
Meghan and Ash are still learning who the other is but one thing their sure of is that they would die for one another. They've battled through hardship and you can really see why they work.
The ending is very bittersweet but not everythings a bed of roses and with Meghans powers being both Summer and Iron her road was never going to be easy.
Very good YA series that isn't predictable and draws you into this beautiful ruthless world.
However, this series is a lot larger than the Twilight Saga ~ it doesn't just follow it's heroine and her friends and family. These books are about the whole existence of Nevernever, including the Summer and Winter Courts and the human world. Realms that have co~existed for eternity. However, progress in the human world has conceived the Iron Kingdom (through technology) and it's very existence threatens the survival of the Summer and Winter Courts. There are political struggles, mistrust and deceit rife amongst their powerful, immortal and magical rulers.
The author's skillful use of adjectives paints a wonderfully full and vivid picture of the worlds that she has created. It is so easy to visualise the kingdoms unfolding before the reader ~ the misty greyness and savagery of the Wyldwood, the vicious RedCaps, the Fae with their respective courts ~ all come to life under this author's very talented guidance.
The characters are all well developed. They develop through the story, from book to book, changing and adapting as real people would. The characters provoke powerful emotive responses from the reader as real tenderness, frustration, worry and compassion are felt for them.
It is a world where is is difficult to decide who is your friend and who is your enemy, who you can trust and who you can't. Promises become iron~clad contracts and the words "thank you" indebts you in unimaginable ways.
It truly is a series to rival Lord Of The Rings with it's wonderful tapestry of fantasy and would make a fabulous series of films. There is fantasy, horror, humour, romance and action. Some parts of the books are definitely not far the feint hearted when passages describe flesh being melted off, beings being suffocated, brutal slayings etc.
I have been waiting for "THE IRON QUEEN" with eager anticipation and was not disappointed. I loved it so much that I read it cover to cover TWICE in three days! The first time I read it, I was so loathe to put it down that I actually fell asleep whilst reading it in the small hours of the morning! I woke up and immediately continued reading it until I finished. And then started all over again!
The brilliantly penned characters have reached out to me, forming an emotive connection that has made them feel like real people to me ~ I felt real concern for their well being and safety!!
The way that modern language (even some swearing!) interweave and unite the modern world with the immortal Faery Realm, made the story seem more believable ~ more realistic.
Danger, power, political manoeuvrings, love, passion, danger, horror, fantasy, action, responsibilities (both familial and for the greater good), vengeance, gore, self sacrifice ~ this series has all the bases covered. It moves quickly, fast paced, with no lulls in action and pulls the reader in to a mystical and fantastic world.
I have laughed, been fearful and cried in equal measures during this series. I had thought that "THE IRON QUEEN" was the last book in the series ~ initially I was disappointed that the story hadn't reached the conclusion that I'd been waiting for BUT then I realised that another book meant that I can continue to read about characters that I am not yet ready to say goodbye to! I am therefore more than eagerly waiting for the next installment, "The Iron Knight" to see what happens next in the magical world that this extremely talented author has drawn me in to.
Other than that The Iron Queen matched the first two in everything else. The adventures, the action and the characters were outstanding as usual and the storyline kept me on the edge of my seat. Also, the relationship between Megan and Ash heated up a lot more which I really enjoyed, along with Puck's comic timing, and general funniness - it really was a brilliant book. I coulnd't put it down.
I think the best way to describe the feel of this book is `epic'. There is so much at stake and evidently in the end, the story comes to such an epic climax, I felt like I was reading The Lord of the Rings or something along those lines. It was amazing.
I do feel that this story is a lot darker than the first two. There is more feeling of impending doom throughout the story and Megan is left with the responsibility of killing the False Iron King due to her being the only one who has a chance (as she has both summer and iron glamour at her disposal). So this ultimately makes her grow up a lot. She is the one who has to decide where to go and what to do and she really steps up and takes on the challenge. She sets out on a journey with Ash, Puck and Grim (yes Grim is back and as amusing as ever!) to find the false Iron King and destroy him before his armies destroy the summer and winter courts and therefore the nevernever as we know it, for good.
We are introduced to some new characters along the way which I enjoyed, whilst revisiting old characters like Oberon, Mab and the evil Rowan was also good too.
As I said at the beginning, this book had one flaw for me and that was the ending. It was just a bit too sad for me. I didn't want to cry at the end of this book. I wanted to feel the happy ever after I had been hoping for and although there is another book to come and so fingers crossed I get my happy ever after, I just thought it would have fit in sooo much better at the end of this book after everything that happened.
But, no matter, Ash gets to continue the story next in The Iron Knight and I for one am hoping he can stand up and bring me my happily ever after I've been waiting for!
Only Megan can penetrate the Iron realm and destroy the false king. Summer and Winter have joined forces to defeat the Iron fey but they are quickly losing ground. If Megan does not help, the Nevernever will soon be lost...and all of fey with it.
Megan soon finds herself in the midst of danger once again, her ever present guardians at her side. Puck and Ash, the rivals who are once again at each other's throats over a girl. The amazing cait sith who guides them into the heart of danger and now...gremlins. And I seriously loved the gremlins.
Iron Queen had the most action of all the Iron Fey books and I literally found myself on the edge of my seat for the most of it. The tension reached dizzying heights, as did the romance. With Ash swearing his devotion to Megan, nothing can part him from her side.
Julie Kagawa leaves you with one heck of an ending that will have you tripping over your own feet to get the next book.