Title: The Iron Queen
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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 really liked this book. It seemed almost as if it was written as the end of a trilogy, the way that the characters really grew into their strengths and struggled to defeat their weaknesses, coming together in the end. And yet it isn’t really the end! That made it all the more exciting for me, because it meant that there would be more adventures in the same book-world to come.
The final showdown between Meghan and the iron fey was really quite fantastic. It was so different from most of the fae stories that I’ve read since then, managing to be unique in the use of different weaknesses – such as the stereotypical weakness to iron, and flipping this on its head – for the different types of fae.
I also really loved how Ash’s character has developed throughout the books until now. In the beginning, I didn’t really like him, but he’s grown on me, especially in this latest book.
The ending was a bit unexpected, but I don’t want to spoil it. Let’s just say that you won’t be disappointed by The Iron Queen. It’s definitely my favourite in the series so far.