The Iron Queen (Iron Fey Series #3)

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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...

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Overview

The New York Times Bestseller
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.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Meghan Chase is turning 17 in the real world while her boyfriend, Ash, the "Ice Prince," lives on forever like all Faeries. After her last quest, Meghan thought that her time with the fey, her enemies, was over. Despite her wishes and hopes, she gets a rude awakening when she discovers that a new Iron King is bringing Nevernever to the brink of complete destruction. After the battle with the Iron King, Machina, Meghan and Ash were exiled from Nevernever, banned from ever returning again. But with the return of the Iron King, the Winter and Summer armies, led by Oberon and Mab, need Meghan's help and lift their exile judgment. Will Meghan find the courage to stand up for Nevernever again? Will her feelings for Ash get in the way of her mission? Meghan's struggles are intricately laid out in this constantly moving tale of true love and dedication. Sequencing of events is perfectly lined up to keep readers wanting more. And despite being part of a series, it stands on its own.—Kathryn Kennedy, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
VOYA - Gina Bowling
In the third installment of The Iron Fey series, readers find Meghan Chase forced to return to the faery realm in order to save the Winter and Summer kingdoms from impending doom brought on by the Iron Fey under the leadership of the false king. With her banished prince, Ash, at her side, as well as help from her best friend, Puck, Meghan must discover how to use the summer and iron glamour within her to save the three of them, along with the entire Nevernever. With a cast of returning favorites and new members of the Iron Fey to both help and harm, Meghan is tested to the limits of her strength, and in the end has to determine exactly how far she will go to save the ones she loves. Kagawa again delivers a vivid, exciting trip to Faery, full of word pictures that make readers feel like they are actually watching events unfold. While the beginning of the novel lags a bit compared to The Iron Daughter (Harlequin Teen, 2010/VOYA December 2010 ), after the initial details are set, the action takes off replete with frightening iron monsters, a Smeagol-like gremlin named Razor, intense battle and fight scenes, and sweet, but not overly sappy, romance. Once again, Kagawa does not disappoint, drawing in both readers of fantasy and those who just love a good story. Reviewer: Gina Bowling
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Meghan Chase is turning 17 in the real world while her boyfriend, Ash, the "Ice Prince," lives on forever like all Faeries. After her last quest, Meghan thought that her time with the fey, her enemies, was over. Despite her wishes and hopes, she gets a rude awakening when she discovers that a new Iron King is bringing Nevernever to the brink of complete destruction. After the battle with the Iron King, Machina, Meghan and Ash were exiled from Nevernever, banned from ever returning again. But with the return of the Iron King, the Winter and Summer armies, led by Oberon and Mab, need Meghan's help and lift their exile judgment. Will Meghan find the courage to stand up for Nevernever again? Will her feelings for Ash get in the way of her mission? Meghan's struggles are intricately laid out in this constantly moving tale of true love and dedication. Sequencing of events is perfectly lined up to keep readers wanting more. And despite being part of a series, it stands on its own.—Kathryn Kennedy, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373210183
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Iron Fey Series , #3
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 74,817
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.15 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.

Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.

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Eleven years ago, on my sixth birthday, my father disappeared.

One year ago, on the very same day, my brother was taken from me, as well. But that time, I went into Faery to take him back.

It's strange how a journey can change you, what you can learn from it. I learned that the man I thought was my father wasn't my father at all. That my biological dad wasn't even human. That I was the half-breed daughter of a legendary faery king, and his blood flowed in my veins. I learned that I had power, a power that scares me, even now. A power that even the fey dread, something that can destroy them—and I'm not sure I can control it.

I learned that love can transcend race and time, and that it can be beautiful and perfect and worth fighting for but also fragile and heartbreaking, and sometimes sacrifice is necessary. That sometimes it's you against the world, and there are no easy answers. That you have to know when to hold on…and when to let go. And even if that love comes back, you could discover something in someone else who has been there all along.

I thought it was over. I thought my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices for those I loved, was behind me. But a storm was approaching, one that would test those choices like never before. And this time, there would be no turning back.

My name is Meghan Chase.

In less than twenty-four hours, I'll be seventeen.

Déjà vu, right? Shocking how quickly time can pass you by, like you're standing still. I can't believe it's been a year since that day. The day I went into Faery. The day that changed my life forever.

Technically, I won't actually be turning seventeen. I've been in the Nevernever too long. When you're in Faery, you don't age, or you age so slowly it's not worth mentioning. So, while a year has passed in the real world, I'm probably only a few days older than when I went in.

In real life, I've changed so much I don't even recognize myself.

Beneath me, the tatter-colt's hooves clopped against the pavement, a quiet rhythm that matched my own heartbeat. On this lonely stretch of Louisiana highway, surrounded by tupelo trees and moss-covered cypress, few cars passed us, and the ones that did flew by without slowing down, tossing leaves in their wake. They couldn't see the shaggy black horse with eyes like hot coals, walking along the road without reins or bit or saddle. They couldn't see the figures on its back, the pale-haired girl and the dark, beautiful prince behind her, his arms around her waist. Mortals were blind to the world of Faery, a world I was a part of now, whether I'd asked for it or not.

"What are you afraid of?" a deep voice murmured in my ear, sending a shiver up my spine. Even in the humid swamps of Louisiana, the Winter prince radiated cold, and his breath was wonderfully cool against my skin.

I peered at him over my shoulder. "What do you mean?"

Ash, prince of the Unseelie Court, met my gaze, silver eyes gleaming in the twilight. Officially, he was no longer a prince. Queen Mab had exiled him from the Nevernever after he refused to renounce his love for the half-human daughter of Oberon, the Summer King. My father. Summer and Winter were supposed to be enemies. We were not supposed to cooperate, we were not supposed to go on quests together and, most important, we were not supposed to fall in love.

But we had, and now Ash was here, with me. We were exiles, and the trods—the paths into Faery—were closed to us forever, but I didn't care. I wasn't planning to ever go back.

"You're nervous." Ash's hand stroked the back of my head, brushing the hair from my neck, making me shiver. "I can feel it. You have this anxious, flickering aura all around you, and it's driving me a little nuts, being this close. What's wrong?"

I should've known. There was no hiding what I felt from Ash, or any faery for that matter. Their magic, their glamour, came from human dreams and emotions. So Ash could sense what I was feeling without even trying. "Sorry," I told him. "I guess I am a little nervous."

"Why?"

"Why? I've been gone almost a year. Mom will hit the roof when she sees me." My stomach squirmed as I imagined the reunion: the tears, the angry relief, the inevitable questions. "They didn't hear anything from me while I was in Faery." I sighed, gazing up the road to where the stretch of pavement melted into the darkness. "What am I going to tell them? How will I even begin to explain?"

The tatter-colt snorted and pinned its ears at a truck that roared by, passing uncomfortably close. I couldn't be sure, but it looked like Luke's battered old Ford, rattling down the road and vanishing around a curve. If it was my stepdad, he definitely wouldn't have seen us; he'd had a hard time remembering my name even when I'd lived in the same house.

"You tell them the truth," Ash said, startling me. I wasn't expecting him to answer. "From the beginning. Either they accept it, or they don't, but you can't hide who you are, especially from your family. Best to get it over with—we can deal with whatever happens after."

His candor surprised me. I was still getting used to this new Ash, this faery who talked and smiled instead of hiding behind an icy wall of indifference. Ever since we were banished from the Nevernever, he'd been more open, less brooding and angst-ridden, as if a huge weight had been lifted from his shoulders. True, he was still quiet and solemn by anyone's standards, but for the first time, I felt I was finally getting a glimpse of the Ash I knew was there all along.

"But what if they can't deal with it?" I muttered, voicing the concern that had been plaguing me all morning. "What if they see what I am and freak out? What if they don't… want me anymore?"

I trailed off at the end, knowing I sounded like a sullen five-year-old. But Ash's hold on me tightened, and he pulled me closer against him.

"Then you'll be an orphan, just like me," he said. "And we'll find a way to get by." His lips brushed against my ear, tying my stomach into about a dozen knots. "Together."

My breath hitched, and I turned my head to kiss him, reaching back to run my hand through his silky dark hair.

The tatter-colt snorted and bucked midstep, not enough to throw me off, but enough to bounce me a few inches straight up. I snatched wildly for its mane as Ash grabbed my waist, keeping me from falling off. Heart pounding, I shot a glare between the tatter-colt's ears, resisting the urge to kick it in the ribs and give it another excuse to buck me off. It raised its head and glared back at us, eyes glowing crimson, disgust written plainly on its equine face.

I wrinkled my nose at it. "Oh, excuse me, are we making you uncomfortable?" I asked sarcastically, and it snorted. "Fine. We'll behave."

Ash chuckled but didn't attempt to pull me back. I sighed and gazed at the road over the colt's bobbing head, looking for familiar landmarks. My heart leaped when I saw a rusty van sitting in the trees off the side of the road, so ancient and corroded a tree had grown through the roof. It had been there for as long as I could remember, and I saw it every day on the bus to and from school. It always told me when I was nearly home.

It seemed so long ago, now—a lifetime ago—that I'd sat on the bus with my friend Robbie, when all I had to worry about was grades and homework and getting my driver's permit. So much had changed; it would feel strange returning to school and my old, mundane life like nothing had happened. "I'll probably have to repeat a year," I sighed, and felt Ash's puzzled gaze on my neck. Of course, being an immortal faery, he didn't have to worry about school and licenses and—

I stopped as reality seemed to descend on me all at once. My time in the Nevernever was like a dream, hazy and ethereal, but we were back in the real world now. Where I had to worry about homework and grades and getting into college. I'd wanted to get a summer job and save up for a car. I'd wanted to attend ITT Tech after high school, maybe move to the Baton Rouge or New Orleans campuses when I graduated. Could I still do that? Even after everything that happened? And where would a dark, exiled faery prince fit into all of this?

"What is it?" Ash's breath tickled the back of my ear, making me shiver.

I took a deep breath. "How is this going to work, Ash?" I half turned to face him. "Where will we be a year from now, two years from now? I can't stay here forever—sooner or later, I'm going to have to get on with my life. School, work, college someday…" I broke off and looked down at my hands. "I have to move on eventually, but I don't want to do any of those things without you."

"I've been thinking about that," Ash replied. I glanced up at him, and he surprised me with a brief smile. "You have your whole life ahead of you. It makes sense that you should plan for the future. And I figure, Goodfellow pretended to be mortal for sixteen years. There's no reason I can't do the same."

I blinked at him. "Really?"

He touched my cheek softly, his eyes intense as they gazed into mine. "You might have to teach me a little about the human world, but I'm willing to learn if it means being close to you." He smiled again, a wry quirk of his lips. "I'm sure I can adapt to 'being human,' if I must. If you want me to attend classes as a student, I can do that. If you want to move to a large city to pursue your dreams, I will follow. And if, someday, you wish to be married in a white gown and make this official in human eyes, I'm willing to do that, too." He leaned in, close enough for me to see my reflection in his silver gaze. "For better or worse, I'm afraid you're stuck with me now."

I felt breathless, not knowing what to say. I wanted to thank him, but those words didn't mean the same in faery terms. I wanted to lean in the rest of the way and kiss him, but the tatter-colt would probably throw me into the ditch if I tried. "Ash," I began, but was saved a response as the tatter-colt abruptly came to a full stop at the end of a long gravel driveway that stretched away over a short rise. A familiar green mailbox balanced precariously on its post at the end of the drive, faded with age and time, but I had no trouble reading it, even in the darkness.

Chase. 14202

My heart stood still. I was home.

I slid off the tatter-colt's back and stumbled as I hit the ground, my legs feeling weird and shaky after being on horseback for so long. Ash dismounted with ease, murmuring something to the tatter-colt, which snorted, threw up its head and bounded into the darkness. In seconds, it had disappeared.

I gazed up the long gravel road, my heart pounding in my chest. Home and family waited just beyond that rise: the old green farmhouse with paint peeling off the wood, the pig barns out back through the mud, Luke's truck and Mom's station wagon in the driveway.

Ash moved up beside me, making no noise on the rocks. "Are you ready?"

No, I wasn't. I peered into the darkness where the tatter-colt had vanished instead. "What happened to our ride?" I asked, to distract myself from what I had to do. "What did you say to it?"

"I told him the favor has been paid and that we're even now." For some reason, this seemed to amuse him; he gazed after the colt with a faint smile on his lips. "It appears I can't order them around like I used to. I'll have to rely on calling in favors from now on."

"Is that bad?"

The smile twitched into a smirk. "A lot of people owe me." When I still hesitated, he nodded toward the driveway. "Go on. Your family is waiting."

"What about you?"

"It's probably better if you go alone this time." A flicker of regret passed through his eyes, and he gave me a pained smile. "I don't think your brother would be happy to see me again."

"But—"

"I'll be close." He reached out and tucked a strand of hair behind my ears. "Promise."

I sighed and gazed up the driveway once more. "All right," I muttered, steeling myself for the inevitable. "Here goes nothing."

I took three steps, feeling the gravel crunch under my feet, and glanced over my shoulder. The empty road mocked me, the breeze stirring up leaves in the spot Ash had been. Typical faery. I shook my head and continued my solitary trek up the driveway.

It wasn't long before I reached the top of the rise, and there, in all its rustic glory, was the house I'd lived in for ten years. I could see lights on in the window, and my family moving about in the kitchen. There was Mom's slender frame, bent over the sink, and Luke in his faded overalls, putting a stack of dirty plates on the counter. And if I squinted hard enough, I could just see the top of Ethan's curly head, poking over the kitchen table.

Tears pricked my eyes. After a year of being away, fighting faeries, discovering who I was, cheating death more times than I cared to remember, I was finally home.

"Isn't that precious," a voice hissed.

I spun, looking around wildly.

"Up here, princess."

I looked straight up, and my vision was filled with a thin, shimmering net an instant before it struck me and sent me tumbling back. Cursing, I thrashed and tore at the threads, trying to rip through the flimsy barrier. Stinging pain made me gasp. Blood streamed down my hands, and I squinted at the threads. The net was actually made of fine, flexible wire, and my struggles had sliced my fingers open.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    EPICLY AMAZING!!!!

    I did not think there was anyway Julie Kagawa could top the previous book in the Iron Fey series, but Iron Queen blew me away and exceeded all expectations I had. Iron Queen was, by far, the best book in the entire Iron Fey series!

    I am going to start off by saying that this review is going to be spoiler free so I am going to stay away from anything plot related because I am worried any little thing I say could be spoilery and I do not want to ruin this book for anyone.

    This book was beyond awesome. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. I sat down to read Iron Queen and could not stop reading it until I had finished reading the book. I forgot the enormous pile of homework I should have been doing and was sucked completely into the story of Iron Queen.

    Julie Kagawa has written a fabulous third novel. All the favorite characters are back and put through so many twists and turns. The plot was amazing. Reading this book for me was like watching an amazing movie. I could literally picture every scene playing out in my head. There was great action scene too, of some epic portions. The plot had so many twists and turns I had no idea what was going to happen next. Julie Kagawa had me constantly on my toes, unsure what was going to happen to Meaghan, Ash and Puck next.

    One of my favorite things about this third book in the Iron Fey series is that you can truly see how much each of the characters has grown. Meaghan has progressed so much as a character since the frighten, naïve girl with no knowledge of the Fey realm into this knowledgeable, strong, driven character. I loved seeing her come into her own and taking control. Ash and Puck have also grown as characters and I loved their growth and its amazing to see where Julie Kagawa has taken all these characters from Iron King to now in the Iron Queen

    I really do not know how to describe this book. Julie Kagawa blew me away. I though the Iron Daughter was emotional rollercoaster, but it was nothing compared to this book. I was literally all over the place with emotion. I'm just going to say, I did cry during this book. And the ending. The ending was everything I expected from Julie Kagawa, full blown, emotion packed ending that left me dying for more.

    The ending left me desperately waiting for Iron Knight. I am so glad this is not the final book and that the story is going to continue because it just needs too. I do not want to leave this fabulous world that Julie Kagawa has created. Iron Knight needs to be out now because that ending, in my opinion, was so much worse than Iron Daughter, and that had me driven mad that I could read the next one immediately.

    Iron Queen was a beautiful masterpiece of a book. Truly wonderful. I really have no other words to describe it. It was simply, and purely, amazing.

    23 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

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    Loved it. Great book, great story. I was very entertained.

    Loved it. Great book, great story. I was very entertained.

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Offensive to Asians

    I read in an interview Julie Kagawa was inspired to write Iron Queen from playing video games. Her characters felt just as flat as video game characters. Ash, who is the fangirl's version of all manga boy, is a little better than one dimensional. Still taking on the same plot lines as Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely books, I found Iron Queen a copycat of a better fae book. What is worse and most offensive to me is the reference to Asian culture. Meghan is into Hello Kitty, Ash is a manga character, Kagawa describes the Japanese language as "japanese kanji"??? yet all the characters are white? How about making them Asian face? At least Japanese so Meghan is Asian on the cover? A blonde girl like Meghan on the cover sells better than a Japanese on the cover right? How offensive!

    11 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2011

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    Slam on Asians

    Overhyped by bloggers who are ignorant of racial slam on Asians. Words cannot describe the offensiveness of Iron Queen. The author took the plots and characters from Japanese comic books and video games and call it her own. She change the characters to white ones instead of Japanese, but Meghan has Japaneses girl manners. Ash is like Japanese soap opera guys. Nothing new, except she made them white. She even misuses Japanese culture and intermix Japanese with Chinese customs. Shame on making Meghan a white blonde girl with Japanese girl traits just to sell books but sell out the Japanese and Chinese cultures.

    9 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2011

    White face Meghan

    For non-Asians reading the Iron Fey series, you would not know how offensive Meghan and Ash's characters are to Asians. Julie Kagawa, who base Meghan and Ash from japanese manga characters, gives them japanese manga characteristics only to have them be white. It sells more books, especially when Meghan is a blonde white girl on the front covers.

    8 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Meghan and Ash are supposed to be Asian

    The author said she based her characters on Japanese manga. What I don't get is why make Meghan and Ash white when they are supposed to be Japanese? Meghan and Ash are portrayed as japanese, but when it comes to covers, she is a blonde and white. Ash is white, too. I find it offensive how the author sold out her roots to make Meghan blonde for the covers just to sell more books. Shameful.

    7 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    Heartbreaking

    The intensity of this book was at an all time high. Your heart has to be made of iron to not fall in love with this series. In The Iron Daughter, Meghan, Ash, and Puck saved the specter but lost a friend to battle. When they returned to Faery both Winter and Summer made them choose to return to their court or be exiled if they chose to be together. When we begin The Iron Queen Ash and Meghan both chose exile than to be apart. [Ash I love you!] Meghan also discovers that the memory she traded in The Iron King was important and her first mission is to get it back. Ash is willing to do anything to make Meghan happy that he even talks about marrying her someday, if that's what she wishes. [Ash I love you so much!] Seriously these outbursts are what happened as I was reading The Iron Queen.

    With each minute that passes Faery is dying and the false Iron King is hunting Meghan in the human world. Trust me when I say there is never a dull moment. In the back of Meghan's mind she knows that one day she will have to kill the False King, but to be successful she might have to sacrifice it all. Once Meghan realizes what she lost in her memory she seeks refuge with Leanansidhe, Queen of the Exile. While there she finds out that Puck disobeyed Oberon and went after Meghan so the team is back together. Meghan spends her time getting to know someone from her past and training with Ash for the day she will face the False King. If I was Meghan I would have wanted to live in this part of the story forever.

    Winter and Summer come to realize that Meghan is their only hope to save Faery and send for her to help save what is left of Faery. As before Ash and Puck will not let her go alone and know that spending time in the Iron Relm will kill them. There are intense battles, sacrifices, broken hearts, and an ending I would never have guessed. I was crying for hours after I finished this book. Trust me when I say this book lives up to the hype. If you loved City of Glass, Mockingjay, Ink Exchange, the battles in Lord of the Rings than this book is for you. Just fair warning there will be intense sadness. Julie joins my top fey authors along Maggie Stiefvater, Melissa Marr, and Holly Black. The only reason this book did not get a 5 star is because I was so heart broken by the ending.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    What's a seventeen yr old having sex with a married older man?

    Call this clean? Meghan turned seventeen. She's an immature seventeen too who cries throughout Iron Queen. Ash is a character like so many other in Japanese cartoons. Watch Adult Swim or SyFy and you will see a Dime-a-dozen Ash characters. He is supposed to have been married and now is in love with a girl who just turned seventeen and have sex? What is Julie Kagawa and Harlequin Teen saying to teen girls? The author intended this for juveniles since "Awesome" is written in Iron Queen over 70 times. Was this the same book that bloggers read calling this epic and tearjerker. I'm mad at these bloggers who get free copies and gush about a book everyone else has to shell over $50 for (that's the cost of this whole series) when it is not that good. I would never trust what book bloggers call epic ever again.

    4 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

    Amazing Series- don't make it horrible

    This is one of the best series I've ever read. Don't make it horrible by forming "teams" the last thing we need is another Twilight. Just enjoy the book and read as it goes along. ITS NOT YOUR LIFE. it doesn't matter who she chooses.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2011

    Got a Headache from Squinting too Much. Where's the Epic?

    The bloggers who gushed about this remake of Labyrinth and Wondrous Strange lost my respect. I would no longer believe their credibility. Yes, they received free copies of Iron Queen and feel pressured by fellow bloggers to gush so they can stay in the circle of freebies, but hard-working people who spend money on books they spend precious time reading aren't buying their opinions. I must have read a different book from them because I thought this was meh. Not even intersting enough for me to read through. The bloggers say the last 30 pages are worth the book? That is too much time wasted. If you don't catch me in the first few pages. Forget it. I did skip ahead to read the last 30 pages, and I pity those who think Ash is the bomb. Get a life. There are hotter guys out there. Iron Queen was juvenile and not great.

    3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    One of the Best Series Ever!!!!!!!!!

    Love this book and the whole series. I'm 13 and I couldnt put these books down :) I would sooooo recomend these :D

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Omg

    Best book ever!!!! I wish i could see ash and megan get together in the end but.....
    AWESOMEEEEEE!!!!!!! <3

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

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    Love this series!

    Strong female characters are hard to find in a series- love this one!

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    Amazing

    This is a great book, and unlike the other books in the series it has an ending that does not leave you hanging, mostly. I still want more though. I have stayed up past 1 in the morning every night for theast three nights, and finished a book a night. I actually bought these books even though i am totally cheap. They were just that good, and i am very happy with this author. However the ending was the best part. Will it be happy, sad, or both you cannot guess until the very last page. The one and only problem in the series is that i was able to guess some major things early on, but those speculations were not all exact, just close.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    The Iron Queen

    Seeing as how all the books in Kagawa's Iron Fey series are epically awesome, I had absolutely no doubt that the latest edition; The Iron Queen would follow in their footsteps. And, (pardon my totally weird expression) by golly, it did!
    If you're a reader of the series, there is no way you cannot love the characters. They are so alluring, fresh, and real in their own ways, that it's sometimes uncanny how much a person (um, me) can relate to them.
    Another thing that I really can't get over: the Fey Realms in the books are so beautifully described that, even hours after setting the book down or aside, I had images in my mind and words floating around. I just wanted to know what was going to happen! Sometimes, I had to get out of bed at two a.m. just to finish another chapter (if that's not how you know a book is good, I don't know what the heck is).
    Julie Kagawa does a very nice job at describing things (um, I just said that, but I'm not done!) you could, probably, describe a fictional character in a hundred different ways. Each author probably has their own personal ways, and I must say that I love Julie's voice! I like how she gives such detailed information. Normally, I might say that this was unnecessary information, but when an author creates their own 'book world' it is really crucial to describe things.
    Now that I'm done raving on the author, let me get to the characters: Meghan is so real, not just while reading, but even now, weeks after finishing the book, I'm sitting here thinking about what she's doing. Is she chillin' with Grimalkin or running the heck away from knights of the Winter court? Either way, I'm thinking about her (is that weird?).
    Ash. Aw, Ash. I could probably use a hundred different of my own ways to describe him for you, but I will allow you, the reader (you'd better be one!), to get your own opinions. Suffice to say: I love that dude. He's so cold, hot, and awesome. (Okay, I'm freaking myself out here, sorry!)
    The ending made me cry, but that's a totally good thing! For like, ONCE in my life I didn't see it coming. Normally, I would be all "Damn. I totally saw that coming. PLEASE tell me that the next book will have some inkling of surprise." And hey, you have totally weird and well described little twerps running around, a freakin' hot romance, and um, hello a seriously hilarious cat who randomly disappears at the most vital moments. What the hell more could you ask for?!
    Can we all please take a moment to gaze fondly at the cover? SO beautiful (but maybe I'm biased.I just really like vine-y and flower-y things! Add those to a cover, and it gets my vote each time).
    Totally looking forward to the next book, THE IRON KNIGHT, because come on, as if I'm going to stop now! (You can bet your you-know-what that I'll be at Borders the second it comes out.) Thank you thank you thank you, Julie Kagawa, for writing such a spellbinding and awesome book!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

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    A must read!!

    Ms. Kagawa never ceases to amaze me. She delivered such great stories and with each book it just keeps on getting better and better. The Iron Queen was simply amazing. I can do no other but brag.


    Megan is fighting again. Joining forces, all the fey fight to save the land that they love. Megan is leading the fight with the only one who can kill the false Iron king. Can Megan kill him? Or will the fight take more out of her that what she expected?


    This book was an amazing adventure. Megan's strength and power was great to see. She took everything in her hands like a true leader, making decisions, setting times, and places. Just doing everything she was meant to do. The romance was a struggle. Megan was torn into making the hardest decision of her life. I admired her love for Ash. I just hope she made the right decision.


    The coolest guy in the book was Razor. LOL! He certainly made my day and brought a smile to my face. I adore him. The greatest moment was the tree. It just blew me away. The ending was certainly surprise and I was glad to see Megan come into her own. The ending with Ash left me even more determined to want to read more. I'm so looking forward for the next book.


    This series in all is one great read. If you had not read this series, you should get right on it. It will not disappoint you.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2010

    I can't wait!!!!!!

    the first two just amazing leaving me with wanting more. i couldn't believe how she ended the last one with them bot being banished from the nevernever. How can they defeat the iron fey know? how will they save the day? one of the most amazing books!!! truly one of my favorites !!!!!!! :)

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Loved It!!!!

    Loved It!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

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    This book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! The book completely turned the wh

    This book was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! The book completely turned the whole series around, it's by far my favorite book of the series. The amount of drama that was in the book made everything suspenseful. I love the fact that Ash and Meghan were able to be together as a couple in this book. ;) There were a lot of sweet moments that made made my heart melt, just to think that they were together was great. In this book, there was a whole new factor involved, as Meghan gets a preposition from the Summer King and Winter Queen. It is because of this preposition that she was able to grow and defend herself and the ones she loves. The whole love triangle was finally clear in the book as well, and she was able to pick one of them. Although the ending brought me to tears, I couldn't help to feel sad for those that got hurt and hopeful to see what Ash and Puck are going to do next. With more suspense and thriller, I can't wait to read what happens to Meghan, Ash and Puck in the next book. 




    I really hope for a happy ending :D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Awsome dude!!!!!

    This book is something I would suggest to my friends

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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