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Book Cover Image: The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Iron Queen

Author: Julie Kagawa

Synopsis (Courtesy of Powell’s Books): “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 stay by my side. Drag me into the core of a conflict so powerful, I’m not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.”

Thoughts: Ms. Kagawa has definitely upped the stakes in this third installment of the Iron Fey series. The danger is even greater, with the end goal more drastic. The suspense is intense and keeps the reader on the edge of his or her seat through the bitter end. The moral dilemmas are tougher, and the overall result is a story that is simply thrilling.

Even more so than in The Iron Daughter, Meghan shows a level of maturity and compassion that the other Fey do not demonstrate. She does not back down when things get tough. Even better, she has learned enough from previous forays into Nevernever that she does not fall prey to the Fey’s tricks. Meghan has grown into a truly admirable heroine.

Meghan’s relationship with Ash is beautiful but tragic. This lends an air of pathos to the novel that only adds to its depth. The ending of the novel is quite surprising and not necessarily how one would envision this paranormal romance to end, but that in no way diminishes from the overall story. Rather, it highlights the fact that this is first and foremost a story about Meghan’s place among the Fey.

The Iron Queen ends satisfactorily but with quite an interesting cliffhanger. While issues with the Iron Fey may be at an end, Meghan’s story is not quite finished, and that is perfectly fine. Ms. Kagawa has created an exciting, dangerous and interesting world in Nevernever. Her ability to create an emotional bond between the reader and her characters means that this series definitely has staying power. I, for one, can’t wait to see what comes next for our hapless trio!

Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced review copy!

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