Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Iron Queen
by Julie Kagawa
Net Galley
Amazon Product Description:
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.

I want to mention a quick thank you to Donna Hayes at Harlequin for the ARC of this book!  I was thrilled to get the paper ARC as I was reading (and totally loving) the kindle version from Net Galley.  So - big thanks to you Donna!  I am hoping that I am so fortunate as to get the ARC for Iron Knight - I don't know that I can wait for the print release!!!

My thoughts:  

First I want to say that I absolutely LOVE this series.  I could hardly put this one down and will be impatiently awaiting the next one - Iron Knight.

Once again Julie Kagawa does a fantastic job of world building.  She shows us so many facets of her imagination with the Summer, Winter, and Iron Fey worlds.  They are each fantastic, wonderful, and terrifying in their own ways.  

She brings all the characters that we know and love back to us one more time is this fantastic story of love, discovery, responsibility, and friendship.  It is an action packed, drama, romance!  

She also introduces some new characters that truly add something to the story.  The watchmaker is one who I really enjoyed, he is very different and plays a seemingly small part in the whole but I think that he adds a great deal to the story.  I loved the gliders - they are great!  

Puck and Ash are my favorites in each of the books and they do not disappoint in this one either - they are the glue that binds.  I keep saying that I have had enough of love triangles, but this one is so different and they deal with it in such great ways that you would never want the story to be any other way.  I would love to go into these two more, but don't want to add any spoilers!  

I was thrilled that Mab shows us her mothering side when she gives aid to their quest to find and kill the false king.   I was excited to see the way Julie brings all the parental figures into the story in different ways, all to the benefit of Meaghan and her crew.  

So, to close  - If you haven't read the The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, Winter's Passage, or The Iron Queen - get to the store!  You will want to start this series from the beginning and have plenty of time to keep right on reading!  You will fall in love with the story and want to know more and more!