Friday, 8 July 2011

Book 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.

After being blown away by The Iron King and disappointed by The Iron Daughter, I approached reading The Iron Queen with a cautious frame of mind. Thankfully, The Iron Queen ended up suprising me, and I think that I ended up loving it even more then the first novel in the series!

There were several reasons that I re-fell in love with this series after its fall from grace in The Iron Daughter, the main one being that there were several improvements to the overall plot and characters. The ending of The Iron Daughter had me on the edge of my seat! I was left with my mouth hanging open after how close the plot skirted on the edge of becoming tragic. * Major Spoiler Alert* I honestly thought that for a slight moment Meghan truly did die, and I was suprised to discover how much that actually upset me. Sure she was a bit of a whiney character at times, but that didn't mean that I wanted her to have a sad ending! Luckily, just when I thought that the novel was done I discovered that there was indeed another chapter left to read, which brought back some hope to my love of a happily ever after *End of Spoiler*

It was also interesting to note in The Iron Queen how much the characters have changed and evolved since they first appeared in The Iron King. Meghan has certainly matured, becoming more selfless and less narrow-minded. Puck's character, however, continues to be my favourite, as his mischeavous nature is revealed to truly be a mask for his strong feelings towards Meghan. Despite these improvements in character development, I still found the relationship between Meghan and Ash to be difficult to accept. They seemed to spend more time being emotionally distant from one another then in actually showing each other any signs of affection. It was only near the end of the novel that I really felt their love towards each other to be genuine.

Overall I enjoyed The Iron Queen a lot more then I expected I would! The conclusion has restored my faith in the Iron Fey series, and I am eagerly anticipating the release of The Iron Knight on October 25th. I am curious to find out if the novel will be from Ash's point of view this time, and what adventure he could possibly be faced with. If you haven't read the Iron Fey series yet I suggest you get started now!


Shoshanah said...

I still haven't read this series, but after all the great things I've heard about it, its definitely one I hope to pick up soon!

★Leila @ Within Pages said...

I loved all of the books in this series. I am reading Summer's Crossing at the moment which is from the POV of Puck and it is classic :)

I am 99% sure that The Iron Knight is through the eyes of Ash; Meghan is pretty set where she is at the end of this book. And I have a pretty good feeling I know the adventure he will embark upon...but I won't spoil anything hehe :)


kaye (paper reader) said...

Have you read Summer's Crossing yet? I have to say that I enjoyed seeing things from Puck's POV much more than I did Meghan's, although I loved the first three books.

Ikhlas said...

I don't know if I want to continue this series, because I didn't LOVE the Iron King, but now I'm contemplating continuing after reading your post...

Eesti said...

I love Julie's hauntingly beautiful description of the scenery of Faeryland. She manages to create a place where beauty and danger coexists. Julie's exquisite literary prose is one of the reasons which makes this book stand out from the sea of other novels in the fantasy genre. Her words made me delve into the Fey world with ease, following Meghan and her friends on their exciting and dangerous adventure.

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