Saturday, March 2, 2013

Supernatural Saturday Review: The Iron Queen (Iron Fey #3)

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.
[from Goodreads]
Rating:   4 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Lovers of faery lore, faery newbies
High point:  The vibrant settings
Low point:  Meghan's choice of love interest (no surprise here!)
Reader maturity: 13+

To date, I haven't been as excited about the Iron Fey as the rest of the book reviewing blogosphere, but The Iron Queen was more up my alley than The Iron King and The Iron Daughter...mostly.

The Iron Queen featured events that are frequently skipped in other stories. Meghan's growing relationships with Ash (however much I dislike it) and her father, her dwindling relationship with Puck and her drive--and failure--to train to fight make Meghan an accessible and believable (if Faery existed, of course) main character. Those events slow the pace of the novel dramatically but Ms. Kagawa uses the break to fill in plot holes and nurture character development before slowly building momentum. It feels like nothing much happens for the first half of the novel, but I never got bored or lost interest.

Ms. Kagawa's world-building is something I've always appreciated, and she gives the Iron Realm the same attention to detail that Summer and Winter received. Cold and lifeless, without the mischief and passion shared in the other Realms, the Iron Realm serves as the perfect backdrop to Meghan's internal and external conflicts.

The ending, although a tad dramatic for my tastes, was a fine conclusion to Meghan's journey from typical American high school student to Iron Queen. I can't wait to see what else is in store from the Iron Fey.

Title:  The Iron Queen
Author:  Julie Kagawa
Genre:   Teen Fiction - Paranormal
Year:   2011
Book Source:  Purchased

1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed this one. The final book in the series is the best, if you ask me!