Friday, September 16, 2016

Review: The Iron Queen


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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Rating: 5 Stars

Book Title: The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Release Date: January 25th, 2011

Pages: 384

Publisher: Harlequin Teen


It’s with a heavy heart that I sit down to write this review, which is very dramatic and extremely cliché, but the best way to describe my feelings after finishing the third book in The Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa. ALL THE FEELS guys. The Iron Queen, although not the last book in the series, was quite conclusive. Although I won’t say how things fared for the world of the fey and whether or not they won the battle against the false king, I can tell you this: the ending will rip you to shreds if you’re even a little bit invested in this story. It’s been a long time since I’ve shed actual tears over the end of a series and I’m so heartbroken by how things ended up I’m not sure I’m going to be able to jump right into the next book, The Iron Knight, right away like I’ve been doing with the rest of the books in this series. I might need a few days to “lick” my wounds before carrying on with the story, although I do fully intend to do so. The ending was extremely fitting and EXTREMELY well-written, and I applaud Julie Kagawa for a job well-done, but as an invested fan in this series now it was a hard one to swallow.  While I would typically share my favorite bits as well as my not favorite bits, this book was a 5 star read for me, and I can’t really share the disappointing elements of this book for me without giving away spoilers. So here are some happy thoughts about The Iron Queen and why I adored it so much! In the meantime, if you have any happy memes, gifs, or good jokes you want to send my way, feel free! I need all the cheering up I can get! *walks away from computer sobbing again…

Favorite Bits:
o   Leanansidhe’s Cabin: Hands down my favorite part about this book in the series was the time Meghan, Ash, and Paul spend at the cabin Leanansidhe sends them to. Safe from the prying eyes of the mortal world as well as the fey, Meghan and Ash spend most of their days training, reading, and helping Paul readjust. It was nice just to see Ash and Meghan together and how their relationship worked once they were away from all the drama they’d been dealing with the last few months.  The way Julie Kagawa described the cabin sounded like a dream come true too, one I couldn’t help but wish I had! The cabin is set in the woods and even comes with its own staff of brownies, who have a 4 course breakfast ready to go every morning for the house’s inhabitants.  I want a cabin with brownies to do all my cooking and cleaning for me! Then I could spend more time reading all day!:) Besides getting to see more of Ash and Meghan together, it was also neat seeing Paul featured in more of the book after hearing about him from the start of the series.
o   The Gremlins: In NO world did I ever envision myself saying gremlins would be one of my favorite creatures (if you’ve ever watched the 1984 movie called Gremlins I’m sure you feel me; I’m certain I’m scarred for life from that movie). And yet, I stand corrected, because those critters were one of my favorites in The Iron Queen.  What a turn of events too, since the gremlins Meghan had come to know were viscious creatures in Faery, ones you always wanted to avoid if at all possible.  Now that’s she able to control them though, this was an advantage to her side of the war. Not only that, but they were kind of cute! I know I know, still evil creatures to an extent, but at least their anger wasn’t directed towards the Summer or Winter Courts during the war. In fact, I thought Razor’s love for Meghan, or his “master,” as he calls her, was adorable. He kind of reminded me of Peeves from Harry Potter right before he would jump into battle or go on a mission for Meghan. Off with an evil chuckle, happy to cause mischief! I guess him and Puck were kind of alike in that regard! Either way, the gremlins had me laughing like crazy this book!


14 comments:

  1. *sigh* I really need to make time for this series; the books I have read were pretty good. I suspect I know (from reading a later book for review, and from the blurb for The Iron Knight) what upset you about the ending of this one, and all I can say is, it isn't over 'til it's over. It's a really interesting world, and Kagawa does know how to pull you into a story! I'm going to bump these higher up my to-read list again.

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    1. *spoiler alert I liked that The Iron Knight fixed my bad feelings about the ending of this one :) You're right, it's not over till it's over!:) I did a victory dance after finishing book 4.
      I hope you get to read these soon! Thanks for checking out my review Lark!

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  2. I loved how this book ended because it made a great story launching platform for Iron Knight. I agree about the gremlins -- only this universe! Haha.

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    1. I loved the gremlins and the packrats! I laughed every scene they were in!
      And yes! This book was definitely a launching platform for the next book, which is interesting considering the fact she never even intended for there to be a fourth book! But it worked out well!
      Thanks for reading my review Lauren!

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  3. Great review! I'm totally intrigued and will have to check out the first book in this series. Because my favorite time to start a series is when the author is finally done writing it. :)

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    1. That's the best time to start so you don't have to wait! PLUS it's so hard not to forget the details in a series when you have to wait 6 months or more until the next book in the series comes out! and ain't nobody got time for rereading books in a series just to prep for the next one! although i wish i did!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I need to read this series Emily, fantastic review!

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    1. Thanks Kimba! If you like fantasy you'll love this! I pressed pause on the spinoff series for a few weeks, but I can't wait to pick up The Lost Prince when I get done with the book I'm currently reading!

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  5. I've read the first three in this series. I need to go on! Great review!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! And I hope you get to read the 4th one because it's told from Ash's POV and it's really good! It takes some getting used to, but it's worth it!

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  6. Yay! So excited that this continues to be a 5 star series for you! And I love that there are gremlins! That is just all kinds of awesome. :)

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    1. Have you seen the Gremlins movie Tanya? I can't help but giggle at the contrast between them from the movie and how they are portrayed in this series!
      And YES! every book was a 4 or 5 star review for me in this series! I owe you big time!

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    2. Oh yeah, I have seen Gremlins so many times. I even still use dialogue from the movie. LOL Like, if a light gets turned on and I'm not ready I say, "Bright light! Bright light!" like Gizmo. :) I still want a Gizmo of my own...

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    3. HAHAH i love it! My cousin is scarred from watching that movie with me when we were younger! to this day she's still a huge chicken it's hilarious! I wonder what she'd think of this book!
      I'll have to try "bright light!" next time I'm with her and see if she recognizes it.

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