Sunday, January 30, 2011


The Iron Queen is one of the best fantasy books I’ve had the pleasure to read. Julie Kagawa took me on a journey that I can only describe as fantastical. The characters are incredibly realistic; vivid and rich with depth and passion. The world she creates is described so minutely that you can visualize yourself there right down to the actual smell. The emotions the story evokes run the gamut. This is one powerful story that deserves the highest praise.

Ash and Meghan have been exiled from NeverNever and all portals leading to Faery have been sealed off to them. Meghan and Ash are travelling to Louisiana, back to her family when they are attacked by iron fey intent on delivering her to the false King. It’s then that Meghan realizes she can’t use her glamour without getting extremely weak and dizzy. Meghan and Ash are soon joined by some old friends and set out on a quest to defeat the false iron king. Thus their journey begins.

There’s a great amount of character development in this book, most notably seen in Ash. The ice cold Prince is warming up and some of his gestures throughout the book are downright swoon-worthy and heart breaking. Puck is, as always, unforgettable and loyal to the end; Grimalkin, my favorite kitty is wise and fickle but even he has changed in this story, revealing a little more of himself then he ever has before.

Meghan’s character has progressed perfectly with each story’s challenges and she becomes courageous in the face of danger while remaining altruistic and compassionate. Her love for Ash and Puck is a constant struggle amongst the three of them though she loves them both very much, she loves them differently. She is a heroine that is worthy of respect and someone who can be looked up to for her character and sense of spirit.

I was pleased with the introduction of all the new characters and in order to keep this as spoiler free as possible I’ll not mention any names. I’ll just say that within the iron fey, there are many Machina loyalists that recognize the false king for what he is, false, cruel and power-hungry. They know if the false king were to capture Meghan his strength will only grow allowing his tyranny to continue. For the Fey, Meghan’s capture could put NeverNever at risk of becoming NeverAgain as the iron destroys more and more of Faery.

I will say that the ending left me with soggy tissue and red-rimmed eyes but also with the hope that things will continue on.


  1. Great review! Glad to know the gang's all together again. They work better together than separately. Loved your first paragraph. Phht that's me blowing a raspberry at you for spoiling the ending for me! I should tell you the ending of Darkest Mercy, but I won't. I know you didn't mean to. This is one I can't wait to read!! How'd you already get Angelfire????????

  2. I didn't mean to blurt it out over the dang phone Heather! It just kinda came out on it's own, almost like I was speaking in Iron Fey Tongues! Before I knew it it was out and I couldn't erase it! And, hey, you said you forgave me sniff

  3. Kristi,

    Thanks for signing up for my blog and sending me an email about you doing the Follower love giveaway ... I'm also doing that on my book blog Chrissy's World of books.... I am a new follower....

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  4. Oh, I have Iron King sitting here to read. And I desperately want to get to it. I just need to get through some review books first, which I seem to always be running behind on. ;) But this series sounds amazing. Thank you for the great review!

  5. So, you're practically begging me to commit a crime and B & E? Shame on you for that horrid tease, Melissa.
    Mean Melissa teasing poor, poor Kristi... SOB....

  6. LOL! Well, maybe I should hide a few books to make it look good. ;D Then I can get to this one. lol.

  7. Oh, cruel... Soooooo..... What else ya got there chickie poo? Anything good....? You can tempt me a tad, I promise not to sneak into your book shelve (fingers crossed behind my back) Teehee, nah, I'm an honest one! No finger crossing going on!