Title: The Iron Queen
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey
Previous Book(s) Review(s):
1. The Iron King
2. The Iron Daughter
Date Started: December 17
Date Finished: December 17
Format: Paperback from my local library
Meghan and Ash have been exiled from the land of Faery for the simple crime of being in love with each other. Banned from the magical paths and not sure what really to do next she decides to go see her family knowing that her mother and her brother are probably concerned about her and where she’s been. Feeling nervous she approaches her house and is immediately ensnared into a wire net. The false king sent assassins after her and she comes to the shocking conclusion that as long as the false king is after her she can never truly come home.
But with the paths to Faery closed to them both, Meghan and Ash need to come up with a plan to get back to the world of Faery. Their first plan of attack is to go visit the Oracle so Meghan can get the memory she took back and then to see the Exiled Queen. With the Exiled Queen’s permission, they take her father to a cabin in the woods, where they plan their next move. They don’t have to wait all that long as members of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts come to deliver a message from the king and queen. They are losing the battle against the Iron Fey and believe that she is the only one who can destroy them. So Oberon offers her and Ash a deal, if she agrees to help them he and Mab will lift their exiles. Feeling reluctant but knowing there is no other way, Meghan agrees and she walks into another war.
Another book I couldn’t put down. Meghan’s tale is full of drama, intrigue and romance. The relationship between her and Ash is…well, interesting. I’m not usually into the whole possessive male dynamic, but with Ash it’s different. He’s a faery who has had his love taken from him before, so his possessiveness is a little bit justified. I also like his desire to protect her from what she faces, even going so far as to take a vow of knighthood. I want to celebrate the way that Kagawa dealt with the love triangle between Meghan, Ash, and Puck because although there was tension there, it was easily dissolved and Puck graciously bowed out. The fighting that occurred between Puck and Ash was still kind of stemming from their centuries old feud, so the fights between then wasn’t just love triangle fueled.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. The only reason that this book isn’t getting 5 stars is because of the ending. I hate when authors break up their main characters and even though I kind of understood the reason this time around, it still pisses me off. I’m curious to see how it’s dealt with in the next book.
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