Young Adult, Fantasy, Fae
Trade Paperback $9.99 (368 pages, HARLEQUINTEEN)
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.
Author Site: www.juliekagawa.com
Not the best in the series, but still enjoyable (4 stars)
Meghan Chase finds herself banished from the faery world and standing outside her home after a year away. It has been a year filled with adventure, romance and hardship. But with the love of the Winter Prince at her side somehow she will make it in the human realm. Until, naturally, she is called back into the Nevernever to fight the battle that Summer and Winter are losing.
The false king, who would claim the Iron glamour Meghan has lurking in her after killing King Machina, is ready to destroy the entire Nevernever in his quest. Only Meghan, with her half-human heritage, can fight him and live. When Mab and Oberon offer she, Ash and Puck a lift on their banishment from the faery world in exchange for her killing the false king she is willing to do it. Joining with Iron court rebels and finding allies in the gremlins of the Iron court Meghan will adventure farther than ever before, learn her true power and hopefully save the Nevernever from destruction.
I love this series. I love the originality of the world and I like every character very much. The dribbles of other favorite tales have always been an easy sell on me as a reader. What I discovered as I read The Iron Queen though was that I really don't see the romantic chemistry between Ash and Meghan. Don't get me wrong, I have a dreadful fangirly crush on Ash but I'm finding his reasons for loving Meghan aren't quite working for me. By the end of the book I realized I think Puck would make a better match. Don't hail me with rotten tomatoes please, it is what it is.
I enjoyed the adventure of this story. Meghan, Puck, Ash and Grimalkin are always a fun group to tag along with. Their personalities seem to be stronger when they are on a quest together. By the end of the book though I was getting a little sick of Puck's quips at the "love birds". I did enjoy the interesting Iron rebel characters immensely though. One thing I've always wondered is whether the Iron Fey were supposed to all be evil villains or just another type of fey. This is our first real glimpse into the Iron Court and I very much liked what I saw. Though I felt it was a convenient plot device, the gremlins were a great addition to the Iron realm. I adored Razor's blind devotion to Meghan.
Though I try not to comment on other reviews I do have to agree with those who have said there seems to be less and less danger to Meghan with each installment. The Iron King was scary. I could barely put it down because every time I was ready for a break Meghan would get into another life threatening situation. What I can comment in defense of that is that it does fit the place she's at now. With Ash and Puck protecting her it's kind of hard for anyone to attempt to rape or wound Meghan. She even has Ash train her to use a sword this time around. Would I love to have some more nail-biter moments? Yes! But would they seem forced? Maybe. Fortunately we can look forward to The Iron Knight and hopefully some more dangerous adventures.
Overall, this was my least favorite of the series. I loved a lot about it but had enough issues with little things that I can't say it earned a five star rating for me. Fans of the series and Team Ash members should certainly not miss it. But if you've been only mildly interested I just don't think you'll find this book to be a big selling point for ya. I'm certainly not done reading Kagawa's work and I'm very much still a fan but I think she's written better adventures in earlier installments of the series and look forward to hopefully seeing more in the future.
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Notes: Received ARC via NetGalley.