The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: January 25, 2011
The Iron Queen begins where the Iron Daughter left off. Ash and Meghan have been exiled to the mortal realm and are trying to figure out where to go next. Before the young couple can even figure out what their next move will be in the mortal realm the Iron Fey launch an attack forcing Ash and Meghan to Linnesidhe’s. But that is all I will say about the plot! Because this is the third book in the series most of the action builds off the other books and I really don’t want to give anything away.
So, I’m not sure if it was because it had been a while since I read the first two books, or what. but I had a hard time getting into this novel. I tried to start it once but ended up putting it off for later and after a few months began reading it. After the first 150 pages though, the novel did pick up and I felt like I was right back in the thick of everything with Ash, Meghan, and Puck.
I like how much growing up Meghan has done since the beginning of this series and I feel like in The Iron Queen she is almost a completely different person then the girl we met in The Iron King. Meghan is now more independent, strong, and willing to fight to save both the NeverNever and the Iron Realm. She is also looking out for what is best for everyone, not just herself, and she is willing to sacrifice everything for the good of Faery.
I also really loved Ash’s dedication to Meghan in this novel, even if Meghan did keep throwing wrenches in almost all of Ash’s efforts. I knew that Meghan meant something to Ash in the last novel I mean considering he got exiled just for her, but it wasn’t until this novel that I really started to believe it. I also heard that in the next book, The Iron Knight, this becomes all the more apparent. Needless to say I’m really excited about reading it!
Overall The Iron Queen was a good third novel in the series and it left me excited to read The Iron Knight. It did start off a little slow, but once the action got going I was really into the story.
SO I have to have a random rant right now….Every time I read this series I listen to a lot of The Strokes. I have absolutely no idea why! I don’t even listen to The Strokes very often so that makes it all the weirder. Anyway somehow it has gotten into my head that Ash looks just like Julian Casablancas:
So can you see it? Just curious how others picture the Ice Prince! Random Rant over.