Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Publication Date: January 25th, 2011
Harlequin Teen
Format: Paperback, 358 pages
RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars
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.

See? This is the reason why I could never give up on faerie books. Because of authors like Julie Kagawa and a series like this. She sure didn’t make this read a cake walk.

Never a dull moment in Meghan Chase’s life. Just because she’s defeated the Iron King doesn’t mean every single creature in all the realms are about to sit down around the camp fire and start singing Kumbaya. In fact, I say her life just got incredibly harder. She can’t go back home to the mortal world for fear that she’d put her mortal family in jeopardy. She can’t go with Prince Ash since he, himself was disowned by his own mother and she can’t go back to the Summer Court because she pretty much chose Ash over her kingdom. So what’s a girl to do? Well, try to stop the forceful invasion of the false king, that’s what. Crazy girl. You can’t really blame her. After all, she’s practically the only hope for the Summer and Winter courts of surviving. But…there’s a price. And when everything is said and done, Meghan would have to give up her heart to do the right thing.

Reading this book was painful…not in anĀ OMG-this-is-incredibly-bad painful but It-hurts-so-good painful. It was a non-stop, pulse pounding, adrenaline pumping action, gut-wrenching suspense and chest constricting angst.

Julie Kagawa has this innate talent for building a fantastical world that’s easily imagined and yet it’s nothing short of complex. It’s vivid, beautiful and surreal. Ms. Kagawa spent some time in developing every creature; the beautiful (Ash), the grotesque (pretty much every single one in the Iron realm), and the normal (Grimalkin…wait, what?). Kidding. My point is, the lady sure has some incredible imagination. She’s one of those authors who can’t possibly go wrong with writing fantasy and paranormal. The real challenge is, how will she stack up with reality fiction? No matter. As long as this woman continues to write her stories, I’ll keep buying them.

Let’s talk about the ending. *&*%^$#$#@$+ THAT. IS. ALL.

It’s a good thing I have The Iron Knight, otherwise, words will be said.

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