The Iron Queen
By: Julie Kagawa
Overall Rating: 5/5
The Iron Queen is the third book in the Iron Fey series. It follows Meghan, Ash, Puck, Grim, and a few other newcomers' journey to defeat the false Iron King once in for all. Despite their previous victories, this fight seems impossible as the Iron King as a massive army, twice the size of both Summer and Winter's forces put together.
Meghan Chase and Ash are planning to go back to Meghan's family after they were exiled from the Nevernever, however, things don't go as planned and they are attacked by some iron fey sent by the false king. Knowing that if Meghan stayed, she would just bring harm to her family, so Meghan and Ash set out for Leanansidhe's, their safe haven from the iron fey. Along the way, Meghan claims back her memories of her human dad, bump into a certain redhead and a wise but sometimes infuriating feline, as well as many other adventurous events. Meanwhile, the two rulers of the fey, Oberon and Mab know the false Iron King's forces were advancing on them, and their only hope lies in Meghan. They offer a deal that Meghan cannot refuse, so the trio (and Grim, when he's not invisible!) leaves on their journey to defeat the iron king once more.
I really do not know what to say; I am baffled and absolutely speechless. I expect the best from Julie Kagawa, but this was beyond my expectations. Everything was so well-written, and I loved the new characters, especially Glitch. They all had different, unique personalities and were overall a great addition to the story. Ash completely took my heart...I don't even know how to describe it, and it was nice to see a bit of the real him - the person he stopped being long ago. I was tearing up throughout the entire book, but mainly towards the end. It was even a bit upsetting to know the fate of Rowan. Sure, he is evil and such, but they're brothers nonetheless. In addition, I was even really upset when Grim parted with them, he is obviously now a "must" of the story. The part that was most upsetting was the very end - yep, not Meghan selflessly saving the Nevernever, not Meghan and Ash at the oak tree. The love that was never meant to be, but yet it probably wasn't the end, no matter how impossible that sounds. Furthermore, the very end of it was a great touch and it kind of gives you a tiny sneak-peek to The Iron Knight (guessing Ash and Puck will go and try to do the impossible - that is all I'll say!) One thing is for sure, you'll be shocked when you find out who the false iron king is, although if you pay attention to the small details, they will give you clues. I'll try to wait patiently for The Iron Knight. Lastly, I would recommend this book to anyone. I've never read any book, or series for that matter, even close to the excellent quality of The Iron Fey series.