Review: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

The Iron QueenMy 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.

Julie Kagawa, you have managed to change my mind about this series. The Iron King and The Iron Daughter were mediocre reads for me, books that I had to force myself through. The Iron Queen stepped it up a notch for me.

Okay, so I'll get this out of the way first - this book still took me some time to get into. The first fifty or so pages were such a push to me but as soon as we got back into Meghan's journey I was gripped again. This book is a little more action packed than the others, there were moments when I felt a bit bored but the good outweigh the bad.

It's very hard for me to admit this because I'm a stubborn person and hate to admit that I'm wrong, but I was wrong. I have been claiming all along that these books lack originality along side all of the other faery worlds out there, but in this book we see a whole new side of Kagawa's fae world, we see this corrupted poisonous iron realm in a new light which gave off an almost steampunk vibe that I liked.

As always, I loved Grimalkin, he is still my favorite character. Puck is less funny this time, and I missed his witicisms, Ash is still broody and dark but we also see his super romantic side, which has made me release that at some point I moved from Team Puck to Team Ash. Meghan is helpless as ever, though she has a few moments of strength I still don't like the whiny little girl.

And what can I say about Kagawa's writing, I've liked it before but I loved it here. You totally get into the characters heads, feel how they feel and see what they see, I am so impressed with how gorgeous and descriptive the narrative is. She's such a great writer that she really hit me with that ending - heart broken and saddened, I can't wait to read The Iron Knight

Overall, The Iron Queen is a step up from its predecessors and impressed me with the action and romance that was written so beautifully. It would be a secure B if I liked Meghan that little bit more.

Overall Rating: B-

Review for: The Iron King / The Iron Daughter
Released: January 25th 2011/ Mira Ink
Book bought by myself


  1. Thanks for the honest review. I'm sorry that you didn't like The Iron King and The Iron Daughter as much, but I'm very glad that The Iron Queen improved your view of the series.

    I've only read The Iron King so far, and I really loved it, so I'm hoping that if the series gets better for you as it progresses, that it'll get even better for me too! :) I agree, Grimalkin is definitely one of my favorite characters in this series, just because he's A TALKING CAT. Lol. I love him. And yay for Team Ash! I've always been Team Ash, mostly because I just lean more towards the bad boys.

    I love Julie Kagawa's writing too. At first, I thought it was a bit juvenile, but then once I really got into The Iron King, it really sucked me in. I can't wait to read the next few books!

    Great review, I can't wait to read what you think about The Iron Knight since it'll be from Ash's perspective, and you don't like Meghan's 'damsel in distress' thing. :)

  2. I felt the same way about King & Daughter too! But Queen & Knight are just fabulous- FABULOUS- compared to those two :) I think you'll especially like Iron Knight, I found it to be the best one by far.

    Grim will forever be one of my favourite YA characters. He's just brilliant.

    I read Daimon back in the summer and thought it was a great taste/preview of the Covenant series! And I'm excited because my copy of Half-Blood arrived yesterday so I can just dive right in now :)

    Great reviews, I love when people do mini reviews like this once in a while!

    Brenna from Esther's Ever After


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